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28 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Workplace sales ban on sugared drinks shows positive health effects

A workplace ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages led to a 48.5 percent average reduction in their consumption and significantly less belly fat among 202 Californian participants in this study.

28 October 2019 - Spectrum News - Analysis finds little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism

Special diets that eliminate certain foods or contain added supplements have minimal impact on autism traits, according to a review of data from 27 clinical trials.

28 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gluten-free diets won't help healthy guts

Healthy people who avoid gluten by choice may not get any benefit from the gluten-free restriction on their diet, according to new research.

27 October 2019 - Psychology Today - Should We Use Food to Treat Depression?

What new research tells us about dietary interventions for depression.

Vitamin B12 deficiency: what is pernicious anaemia, and why can it be so dangerous?

An estimated 6% of people in the US and UK suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. The condition is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a global health problem that could impact millions of lives.

24 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Where the sun doesn't shine? Skin UV exposure reflected in poop

The sun can indeed shine out of your backside, suggests research. Not because you're self-absorbed, but because you've absorbed gut-altering UV radiation.

Blood biomarker for dietary trans fats predicts dementia, Alzheimer's disease

Higher serum levels of elaidic acid, an objective biomarker for industrial trans fat, are associated with an increased risk for developing all-cause dementia and Alzheimer disease.

24 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gut instincts: Researchers discover first clues on how gut health influences brain health

Study provides new insight into the mechanisms of how the gut and brain communicate at the molecular level.

23 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - High-salt diet promotes cognitive impairment through the Alzheimer-linked protein tau

A high-salt diet may negatively affect cognitive function by causing a deficiency of nitric oxide, which is vital for maintaining vascular health in the brain, according to this mouse-based study

22 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Using the gut-brain connection to impact brain health and disease

Research on gut-brain communication via the immune system may help in the development of novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

22 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Reduced food intake in old mice can no longer improve health

Reduced food intake helps improve health in old age and can prolong life. But you need to curb the overeating early.

21 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Plant-based foods and Mediterranean diet associated with healthy gut microbiome

Study suggests that specific foods could provide protection for the gut, by helping bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties to thrive.

2 In 5 Young Adults Have Untreated Substance Use Disorder

A growing number of young adults are dealing with a substance use disorder, and in some cases, multiple substance use disorders, and not seeking help, according to a study.

Evidence of behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction

The chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain's ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating.

17 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Lead exposure linked to lower quality sleep in youth

Young people who are exposed to lead may have a harder time getting a good night's sleep, which may affect their cognitive abilities, according to a new study.

Treatment of metabolic dysfunction could be a potential therapy for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers find evidence that metabolic dysfunction is a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease.

RCT data suggests vitamin D may help elderly populations fight depression

New clinical trial data suggests supplementation with vitamin D3 could help improve depression scores in older adults with moderate to severe depression.

16 October 2019 - Psychology Today - Fatty Acid Levels in the Brain

Study finds relationship between the PUFA arachidonic acid and levels of serotonin transport in key brain areas, linked to the severity of depression symptoms.

15 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists

Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children - high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches.