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14 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - What happens when your picky toddler becomes a teen?

Children who are picky eaters and who find it difficult to change and adapt their eating habits, show pronounced differences in food intake at the age of 13, including a higher intake of sugar, according to new research.


14 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Prior eating disorders linked to long-term depression risk for mothers

A history of eating disorders and body image concerns before or during pregnancy are associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers, finds a new study.


14 May 2019 - The Conversation - These 5 foods are claimed to improve our health. But the amount we’d need to consume to benefit is… a lot

Four foods (and one drink) that demonstrate how the common healing claims around the foods we eat don’t always stack up.


14 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - When does clean eating become an unhealthy obsession? New findings on who is at risk

Although eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, for some people this preoccupation with healthy eating can become physically and socially impairing.


13 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Maternal microbes mediate diet-derived damage

New mouse-based research has found that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to impairment of the gut barrier during pregnancy.


13 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Common food additive E171 found to affect gut microbiota

New research provides new evidence that nanoparticles, which are present in many food items, may have a substantial and harmful influence on human health.


13 May 2019 - Nutraingredients - Berries and brain health: What do we know so far?

Early studies on animals have linked consumption of polyphenol-rich berries to improvements in some cognitive markers. This has warranted studies on humans, and results are shedding more light on how berries may benefit our brain health.


11 May 2019 - Questioning Answers - Neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal vitamin D in humans

Paul Whiteley comments on the research paper "Neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal vitamin D in humans: systematic review and meta-analysis".


10 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - A cup of Joe and you're good to go (Under six a day and you're A-OK)

"In order to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy blood pressure, people must limit their coffees to fewer than six cups a day - based on our data six was the tipping point where caffeine started to negatively affect cardiovascular risk."


10 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Dietary fats entering the brain may explain link between obesity and depression

Obesity and depression have long been linked, with previous clinical studies finding an association between these two conditions. However, until now, the mechanisms of how obesity affects depression and vice versa have not been fully understood.


10 May 2019 - Nutraingredients - Personalised possibilities? Gut bacteria prevalence linked to genetic ability to digest starch

A recently discovered relationship between genetic variation and the bacterial balance in our gut microbiome could help nutritionists personalise their recommendations, say those behind the study.


8 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Broccoli sprout compound may restore brain chemistry imbalance linked to schizophrenia

Researchers shed further light on a set of chemical imbalances in the brains of people with schizophrenia related to the chemical glutamate, with the help of a compound derived from broccoli.


7 May 2019 - Science Daily - Maternal nut consumption during pregnancy linked to improvements in neurodevelopment in children

For the first time links have been observed between a nut-rich maternal diet during the first trimester of pregnancy and better outcomes after birth in cognitive function, attention capacity and long-term working memory.


7 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - A moody gut often accompanies depression - new study helps explain why

For people with depression, gastrointestinal distress is a common additional burden, and a new study suggests that the two conditions sometimes arise from the same glitch in neuron chemistry - low serotonin.


6 May 2019 - Science Daily - Transplanting gut bacteria alters depression-related behavior, brain inflammation in animals

Scientists have shown that transplanting gut bacteria, from a stressed to a non-stressed animal, can cause vulnerable behaviour in the recipient. The research reveals details of biological interactions between the brain and gut that may someday lead to probiotic treatments for human psychiatric disorders such as depression.


3 May 2019 - Medical News Today - What are the best diets for ADHD?

Some research suggests that following specific diets - such as elimination diets, the Few Foods diet, and the Mediterranean diet - could play a role in managing ADHD.


2 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Children and teens who drink low-calorie sweetened beverages do not save calories

Children and teens who drink soft drinks containing sugar or sugar-substitutes add about 200 extra calories compared to those who don't. Nothing earth-shattering in this research, which serves to underline the health benefits of avoiding sodas and suchlike.


1 May 2019 - The Guardian - Leeds becomes first UK city to lower its childhood obesity rate

City’s Henry programme gives children choices while helping parents maintain boundaries


1 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Hospital study shows in just a decade, proportion of pregnant women with obesity has doubled

The proportion of pregnant women with obesity has doubled over the past decade, from around 22% in 2010 to 44% in 2018, according to new research.


30 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study links exam stress with junk food cravings, snacking, and eating less fruit and veg

Increased stress during university examinations is associated with eating a poorer quality diet including less fruit and vegetables and more fast food, according to a new study.