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24 April 2018 - Futurity - Lack of iron and B12 tied to aggression in boys

Significant iron deficiency and low blood levels of vitamin B12 in boys around age 8 are associated with behavior problems when they get to middle school, according to new research.


24 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - New studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation

Research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate. Findings from two new studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity and mood.


24 April 2018 - Science Daily - Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring

Study shows for first time that binge drinking during pregnancy and lactation may make offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents.


23 April 2018 - The Conversation - Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes and obesity

Food and drink companies are changing their products to include low and zero-calorie sweeteners instead of sugar. However, there is growing evidence that sweeteners may have health consequences of their own.


23 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Eating fish could prevent Parkinson's disease

The link between higher consumption of fish and better long-term health for the brain has been long established. Now, new research from Chalmers shows that the protein parvalbumin may be a contributing factor.


22 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Why zero-calorie sweeteners can still lead to diabetes, obesity

Increased awareness of the health consequences of eating too much sugar has fueled a dramatic uptick in the consumption of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in recent decades. However, new research suggests that switching from regular to diet soda may be a case of 'out of the frying pan, into the fire.'


20 April 2018 - Nutraingredients - Nutritional oils: Both short- and long-chain omega-3s backed for cholesterol upgrade

Consumption of omega-3 rich fatty fish and camelina oil could help drive beneficial changes in cholesterol, say researchers from Finland.


19 April 2018 - EurekAlert - Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition

Consuming more fruits and less sugar and avoiding diet soda during pregnancy could have a beneficial effect on child cognitive functioning, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.



18 April 2018 - Questioning Answers - Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder

It's been a while coming but the paper by Jim Adams and colleagues detailing the effects of a "comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention for autism spectrum disorder" has finally seen the peer-reviewed light of day.


17 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Parental diet before conception affects child's health

A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the child is conceived, researchers say.


16 April 2018 - Science Daily - Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes

Researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.


16 April 2018 - Futurity - Scientist debunks 5 food allergy myths

A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and parents into experts at scanning labels. But what’s fact and what’s fiction?


14 April 2018 - Science Daily - Fecal microbiota transplantation produces sustained improvements in cognitive and clinical outcomes

Long-term results of a randomized study demonstrate sustained improvements in hepatic encephalopathy episodes, hospitalizations, and cognitive performance compared with standard-of-care.


11 April 2018 - The Guardian - What is Britain eating? The ultra-processed truth about 10 of our bestselling foods

From Cherry Bakewells to Fray Bentos pies, do we really understand the cocktail of ingredients in our favourite brands? Nutritionists assess them – and just what they might mean for our health.


11 April 2018 - Open Access Government - Diet and health: A complex relationship

Advances in science and technology and socio-economic and political changes this last century have had a major impact on the way food is produced, processed, distributed and sold, and our eating habits and diets. At the same time, nutrition scientists have been acquiring, organising and communicating evidence about the relationships between our (changing) diets and health.


11 April 2018 - Questioning Answers - Plasma anandamide concentrations are lower in children with autism

Recent research details "the first empirical human data to translate preclinical rodent findings to confirm a link between plasma anandamide concentrations in children with ASD".


6 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Soft drinks sugar tax to tackle obesity 'has already had an effect'

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy charges manufacturers based on the amount of sugar added to beverages. Campaigners hope it will reduce obesity levels and improve health.


4 April 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 for fat-free kids: Study links DHA to higher fat-free body mass in children

Pregnant women supplemented with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy are more likely to have children with a higher fat-free mass at age five, researchers suggest.


4 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Parkinson's disease and binge eating

The results of a new study show that "binge eating," which affects some Parkinson's patients, is associated with an impairment of working memory. This deficit prevents people from remembering the long-term goal of healthy eating behaviours.