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2 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Father's obesity in puberty doubles the risk of asthma in his future offspring

Study suggests that obese boys have double the risk of having children with asthma, compared with others.


Gut bacteria is key factor in childhood obesity

Gut bacteria and its interactions with immune cells and metabolic organs, including fat tissue, play a key role in childhood obesity.


02 October 2019 - Nutraingredients - Blueberries may boost brain function for kids: Study

Regular consumption of a flavonoid-rich wild blueberry drink may improve memory and attention in healthy children, suggests this study.


1 October 2019 - The Conversation - Sugary drinks tax is working: Now it's time to target snacks

Initial results from countries that have introduced a sugary snack tax suggests they have the potential to reduce consumption of sugar and so may help to reduce obesity, diabetes and dental decay in the future.


High-fructose and high-fat diet damages liver mitochondria: Increases fatty-liver disease risk and metabolic syndrome

High levels of fructose in the diet inhibit the liver's ability to properly metabolize fat. This effect is specific to fructose. Indeed, equally high levels of glucose in the diet actually improve the fat-burning function of the liver.


Seafood consumption during pregnancy may improve attention capacity in children

A new study highlights the importance of eating a diet rich in lean and fatty fish during the first months of pregnancy.


Alcohol intake linked to dementia risk

Researchers in the US have revealed that alcohol intake in later life is linked with dementia risk.


Choline supplementation may hold the answers to combatting Alzheimer's disease

A lifelong dietary regimen of choline supplements holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease, says mouse-based study.


Microbiome profiling: Study uncovers ‘comprehensive’ list of organisms that make a healthy gut

There are 157 organisms that form the 'baseline biome' of a healthy human gut, according to new research.


Exploring the dietary drivers of asthma

Linoleic acid might protect against asthma, and such knowledge may help researchers identify new interventions for asthma.


Studies link air pollution to mental health issues in children

Three new studies highlight the relationship between air pollution and mental health in children.


How a pioneering study of child health has influenced a generation of parents

Prof Jean Golding has been tracking the ‘Children of the 90s’ for nearly 30 years, most recently finding a 50% increase in rates of prenatal depression.


Omega-3s Recommended as Adjunctive Therapy for Major Depression

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) recommended for treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), says International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR).


24 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - 'Report card' on diet trends: Low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day's calories

Adults are still consuming too many low-quality carbohydrates and more saturated fat than recommended, according to a new report.


Today's obesity epidemic may have been caused by childhood sugar intake decades ago

Current obesity rates in adults in the United States could be the result of dietary changes that took place decades ago, according to a new study.


23 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Industry has unduly influenced TV advertising regs on restricting unhealthy kids' foods

Industry has unduly influenced the regulations for TV advertising of unhealthy foods to children, likely weakening legislation in this area, argue doctors in an analysis, published in the online journal BMJ Open.


Prenatal Oxidative Balance Affects Allergic Disease and Asthma into Adolescence

Adolescents exposed before birth to pro-oxidant toxins such as air pollution and smoking), along with essential nutrients, but not antioxidants such as vitamin C, are prone to teenage asthma and allergic disease, says study.


Junk food diet may predict future depression symptoms in teens

New study finds that sodium and potassium levels - reflections of a person's typical diet - may be predictors of future depression in teens.


Poor diet may affect long-term spatial memory, study finds

There is a link between junk food consumption and loss of spatial memory, according to this animal-based study.


Early maternal anemia tied to intellectual disability, ADHD and autism

The timing of anaemia - a common condition in late pregnancy - can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to new study. Researchers found a link between early anaemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children.