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11 January 2018 - The Conversation - Sugar: six easy ways to encourage children to eat less

A new campaign from Public Health England is urging parents to limit snacks for children to two a day, and 100 calories a piece.


9 January 2018 - Nutraingredients - Gut bacteria could counteract depressive tendencies: Animal data

Certain strains of lactic acid bacteria could help prevent the type of depression linked to unhealthy lifestyles, according to researchers in Denmark.


9 January 2018 - Science Daily - Sleeping for longer leads to a healthier diet

Sleeping for longer each night is a simple lifestyle intervention that could help reduce intake of sugary foods and lead to a generally healthier diet, according to a new study.


7 January 2018 - Diagnosis Diet - Your Brain on Plants: Micronutrients and Mental Health

Do vegetarian and vegan diets contain the micronutrients our brains need to function properly? Or do they put people at risk for serious deficiencies that increase the likelihood of developing psychiatric disorders?


5 January 2018 - Nutraingredients - Childhood Omega-3 intake linked to better sleep and higher IQ scores

Weekly consumption of fish may drive both improved sleep and enhanced cognitive ability in children, according to new data.


4 January 2018 - MedicalXpress - Eating more foods with choline during pregnancy could boost baby's brain

When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests.


4 January 2018 - Nutraingredients - Maternal use of folic acid and vitamins linked to reduced autism risk in children

Mothers, who use folic acid and multivitamin supplements before and during pregnancy, appear to reduce their offspring’s risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study from Israel.


4 January 2018 - Futurity - Is autism more common that we thought?

The number of children in the United States diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder may be significantly higher than previously thought, a new analysis suggests.


3 January 2018 - MedicalXpress - Food cues undermine healthy eating choices

Obesity has become a major health issue due to the current 'obesogenic' environment in which unhealthy food is both easy and cheap to purchase.


3 January 2018 - The Conversation - Five reasons why we overeat

We tend to think that we stop eating when our stomachs are full. Science shows otherwise.


2 January 2018 - MedicalXpress - Folic acid lessens autism risk for fetal anti-epileptic exposure

For children exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in utero, the risk of autistic traits may be mitigated by use of periconceptional folic acid supplementation, according to a study published online Dec. 26 in JAMA Neurology.


1 January 2018 - Georgia Ede - Food Fights: Are Vegan Diets Healthier for the Brain?

We think a lot about how plant-based diets and animal-based affect our hearts, our blood sugar levels, or our risk for cancer, but how do our dietary choices affect our brains? What do we actually know about vegan diets and mental health? As a psychiatrist who specializes in nutrition, this question is near and dear to my heart, and one that richly deserves our attention.


28 December 2017 - MedicalXpress - Improved nutrition for extremely low birth weight preemies

At the neonatology ward of the Vienna General Hospital (Medical University Vienna), physicians compared two mixtures of intravenous lipids for nutrition with support coming from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).


26 December 2017 - The Conversation - Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

Obesity rates in the U.S. - the percent of the total population that's obese has climbed from 19.4 percent in 1997 to more than 30 percent in 2015.


21 December 2017 - MedicalXpress - Weekly fish consumption linked to better sleep, higher IQ, study finds

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to a new study.


20 December 2017 - MedicalXpress - One serving of leafy greens a day may slow brain aging by 11 years

While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older.


20 December 2017 - Science Daily - Struggling to get your kids to eat healthy? 'Don't give up!' researchers say

Varied diets and persistence in exposing infants and children to healthy foods, even when they don't like them at first, are key to promoting healthy eating behaviors, a new review paper has concluded.


20 December 2017 - Science Daily - Eggs improve biomarkers related to infant brain development

A study has found that infants who were in introduced to eggs beginning at 6 months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of choline, other biomarkers in choline pathways, and omega-3 DHA.


15 December 2017 - Science Daily - Vitamin deficiency in later life

One in two persons aged 65 and above has suboptimal levels of vitamin D in the blood and one in four older adults has suboptimal vitamin B12 levels.


15 December 2017 - MedicalXpress - Warding off Alzheimer's through good food

Reducing your chance of developing Alzheimer's could be as easy as eating more fish, fruit and veg, says Alzheimer's researcher.