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These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to lead, mercury, and other toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides, resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the United States between 2001 and 2016, research finds.


14 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Urgent action on diet needed to stem rising tide of chronic disease in less developed nations

Researchers investigating differences in diet and related disease risk factors between men and women in lower income countries instead found an alarming degree of poor dietary habits that likely masked effects of gender, according to a new study published today.


Sugar changes the chemistry of your brain

Sugar influences brain reward circuitry in ways similar to those observed when addictive drugs are consumed - study.


Common foods can help 'landscape' the jungle of our gut microbiome

Foods we eat commonly affect our gut microbiota. New research shows they do so by triggering the production of bacteriophage - viruses that infect and replicate inside bacteria.


The alarming truth about how sugar ruins your sleep

Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, causes tooth decay and increases the risk of diabetes. But it also has another profound effect – it messes with your sleep, and in such a way that your sleeplessness will leave you with a craving for more sugar.


Malnutrition linked with increased risk of Zika birth defects

The rise in cases of Congenital Zika Syndrome is linked to poor diet among the infants' mothers, say researchers.


Healthy habits in middle age linked to longer life free from disease

Sticking to a healthy lifestyle including not smoking, not being overweight, and exercising regularly, is associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, says a new study.


Air pollution in childhood linked to schizophrenia

Children who are exposed to a high level of air pollution while growing up, have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia.


6 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Processed foods highly correlated with obesity epidemic in the US

As food consumed in the U.S. becomes more and more processed, obesity may become more prevalent. Detailed recommendations to improve diet quality and overall nutrition are needed for consumers, who are prioritizing food that is cheaper and more convenient, but also highly processed.


6 January 2020 - Science Daily - Complexity around childhood obesity

In a new study, researchers examined how various psychological characteristics of children struggling with their weight, such as loneliness, anxiety and shyness, combined with similar characteristics of their parents or guardians and family dynamics affect outcomes of nutritional intervention.


How diet affects mental health: What's the evidence?

A new expert review confirms that diet significantly influences mental health and wellbeing, but cautions that the evidence for many diets is comparatively weak.


3 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - The UK must introduce folic acid fortification in foods, say scientists

Scientists say there is an urgent need to fortify flour and grains with folic acid to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects.


3 January 2020 - Science Daily - Study finds dopamine, biological clock link to snacking, overeating and obesity

A new study finds that the pleasure centre of the brain and the brain's biological clock are linked, and that high-calorie foods - which bring pleasure - disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption.


Study: Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese

Systematic review and meta-analysis finds that children who drink whole milk have 40 per cent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who drink reduced-fat milk.


Moms' obesity in pregnancy is linked to lag in sons' development and IQ

A mother's obesity in pregnancy can affect her child's development years down the road, according to researchers who found lagging motor skills in preschoolers and lower IQ in middle childhood for boys whose mothers were severely overweight while pregnant.


Nearly All U.S. Kids Eating Added Sugars & Artificial Sweeteners Before Age 2

Nearly 85% of toddlers and infants in the United States eat foods containing added sugars and artificial sweeteners on any given day, researchers say.


Meta-analyses support omega-3s potential brain health benefits

Two new meta-analyses indicate that omega-3 supplements may help protect against mild cognitive decline and improve memory.


Psychology Today - Feel Better with Food

You are what you eat, and what you eat can affect how you feel


Should you avoid meat for good health? How to slice off the facts from the fiction

One group of scientists says that reducing red meat is a top priority for your health and the planet’s. Another says these foods pose no problems for health. So what is a would-be healthy eater to do?


Could eating white bread every day ruin your sleep?

Insomniacs are more likely to have diets abundant in refined carbs which disrupt hormones that control sleep.