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A leaky gut may lead to a leaky brain. Here’s how to head it off

Keep your gut microbes happy and they will keep you happy. They can even keep you feeling younger and smarter.


Nutrient deficiency risks associated with veganism, study finds: ‘Vitamin B12 is well supplemented, iodine is a matter of concern’

People who follow strict vegan diets – excluding intake of all animal-based foods - have an increased risk of iodine deficiency, BfR researchers have found.


Study discovers microbiome modulation possibilities in obese population

Over the past decade, gut microbiota have been suggested to be an important contributor to the development of obesity and metabolic disease.


Gut immune cells may help send multiple sclerosis into remission

An international research team has shown, for the first time, that gut immune cells travel to the brain during multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups in patients.


Can memory manipulation help treat alcohol addiction?

Alcohol withdrawal directly impacts the brain's stress and memory systems, which may underlie individual susceptibility to persistent drug and alcohol-seeking behaviors.


Changes to the brain's reward system may drive overeating in mice

Intertwining food and reward can lead to overeating and may be a contributing factor to diet-induced obesity.


Cannabinoids may help limit secondary damage of TBIs

In the hours and days after a traumatic brain injury, inflammation inside the brain can accelerate to the point that more brain damage occurs, says a scientist working to better understand the acceleration and whether interventions like cannabinoids can improve patient outcomes.


Childhood lead exposure leads to structural changes in middle-aged brains

This study showed that there were deficits and differences in the overall structure of the brain decades after lead exposure


Link between Alzheimer's disease and gut microbiota is confirmed

This study confirms the correlation between an imbalance in the gut microbiota and the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are at the origin of the neurodegenerative disorders characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.


Time to add some sunshine (vitamin D) to milk and bread

Taking vitamin D reduces the risk of fractures, improves muscle function, and may even reduce the risk of death from some cancers. With all these benefits, why oppose fortifying essential foods with vitamin D?


Americans don’t eat enough fish and miss out on robust health benefits

Eating fish can provide powerful advantages for the heart and brain, yet we eat less than half of the 26 pounds per year that experts recommend.


Study: Fructose syrup disrupts gut microbiome but fruit can undo negative effects

A high-fructose syrup diet negatively disrupts the gut microbiome but a diet high in fruit modulates it favourably, supporting digestive health and counteracting harmful effects of excessive fructose, according to a pilot intervention study.


Studying Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil's effects on mild cognitive impairment

Greek researchers and clinicians investigated for the first time the effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil versus the Mediterranean Diet as a therapeutic pharmaceutical natural compound for older adults with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment.


Diet and lifestyle during pregnancy linked to modifications in infants' DNA

A new study has shown pregnant women with obesity could reduce the health risks for their infants through improved diet and more physical activity.


LipiDiDiet finds broadly sustainable effects of nutrient intervention in early Alzheimer's

Trial participants who received a multinutrient formulation showed a significantly less rapid deterioration in cognitive performance than the patients in a control group, who received only a placebo.


Mothers' lifestyle predicts when offspring will have first heart attack or stroke

Offspring of mothers with heart healthy lifestyles live nearly a decade longer without cardiovascular disease than those whose mothers have unhealthy lifestyles.


Vitamin D lessens symptoms of severe eczema in children

Vitamin D supplementation could be an effective adjuvant treatment that improves the clinical outcomes in severe atopic dermatitis


Depression, anxiety and heart disease risk all linked to single brain region

New research has found that over-activating the sgACC induces symptoms of depression and anxiety, highlighting causality.


Why COVID makes it more important than ever that pregnant (and breastfeeding) women take vitamin D

This winter, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure you take the correct dose of vitamin D – for both you and your baby.


New free resources launched to help children eat more vegetables

Children's acceptance of vegetables can be boosted purely through increasing visual familiarity, and therefore this project's aim is to build on this research, while developing a series of accessible resources to help parents introduce more vegetables to their children.