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3 February 2019 - The Conversation - Want to improve your mood? It’s time to ditch the junk food

Increasing how much exercise we get and switching to a healthy diet can also play an important role in treating – and even preventing – depression. This article looks at what should we should eat more of, and what we should avoid, to prevent depression and other mood disorders.

29 January 2019 - Science Daily - 'Small meets smaller': Dietary nanoparticulates impact gut microbiome

The intestinal microbiome is not only key for food processing but an accepted co-determinant for various diseases. Researchers have now identified effects of nanoparticles on intestinal microorganisms.

31 January 2019 - Questioning Answers - Milk opioid peptides and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPPIV) linked to autism

The aim of the this study was to determine "BCM7 [β-casomorphin-7] influence on DPPIV functioning in children with ASD in comparison to healthy children."

30 January 2019 - Science Daily - 'Bugs' in the gut might predict dementia in the brain

The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary research.

30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Calorie restriction prevents asthma symptoms linked to inflammation in mice

In a study based on mice, a low-calorie diet prevented asthma symptoms regardless of the diet's fat and sugar content. The researchers also found that obesity resulting from a high-calorie diet led to asthma symptoms by causing lung inflammation, and a drug that blocks inflammation eased those symptoms.

30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Any way you slice it, nutrition studies are controversial

Two nutrition specialists met to debate a controversial statement: Most studies on the effect of nutrition and diet are false.

29 January 2019 - Science Daily - Oversized meals have been shown to be a factor in obesity

A study conducted in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, India and the United States found 94 percent of meals served in restaurants contain more than the recommended number of calories.

28 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - What you eat could impact your brain and memory

Research finds that individuals with higher levels of the satiety hormone Cholecystokinin have a decreased chance of mild or advanced cognitive impairment.

22 January 2019 - The Conversation - Are microbes causing your milk allergy?

Several years ago, my research group, together with a collaborator in Italy, Roberto Berni Canani, was comparing the bacteria present in infants with a diagnosed cow’s milk allergy to those without. We found some remarkable differences between the two groups. This led us to wonder whether the different bacteria present in each of the two groups are sufficient to protect against allergy. And if so, could we figure out why?

23 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Childhood lead exposure linked to poor adult mental health

Lead exposure in childhood appears to have long-lasting negative effects on mental health and personality in adulthood, according to a study of people who grew up in the era of leaded petrol.

27 January 2020 - Nutraingredients - Food additives and sweeteners found to impact gut microbiome diversity

Certain additives and artificial sweeteners can change microbial composition, say scientists, who note the altered profile is similar to that seen in those with inflammatory bowel disease or obesity.

24 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - New insights into why we crave fatty foods when dieting

Researchers have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food craving.

23 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Communications recommendations for sugar-sweetened beverage-free zones

Institutions are increasingly restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on their premises. The American Medical Association now endorses "SSB-free zones" for hospitals, schools, and health centers.

22 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Breastmilk sugars differ in pregnant women on probiotics

The complex sugars found in human breastmilk, long believed to be fixed in their composition, may change in women who are taking probiotics, according to new research.

22 January 2019 - Nutraingredients - Nutritional habit change urged in pregnant women as omega-3 intakes ‘very low’

Daily omega-3 fatty acid intake in pregnant women are 4 -10 times lower than recommended levels - an observation also noted in women of childbearing age, in findings that suggest no change in nutritional habits during this period.

20 January 2019 - Optimising Nutrition - Should you EAT Lancet?

EAT Lancet was released on 16 January 2019, claiming to be the solution we’ve all been waiting for to save your health and the planet. However, on closer inspection of the actual food recommendations, it seems to be largely a continuation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

17 January 2019 - BBC - The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?

The latest diet to supposedly save the planet is the so-called flexitarian - largely vegetarian, with a bit of meat and fish. Could this diet, also labelled the "planetary health diet", really save the world while keeping body and mind together at the same time?

17 January 2019 - Zoe Harcombe - The EAT Lancet diet is nutritionally deficient

To summarise in a single sentence: the EAT Lancet diet is nutritionally deficient.