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10 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Breast milk analyses show new opportunities for reducing risk of childhood obesity

New research suggests the composition of breast milk in normal weight mothers differs from that of overweight mothers, and that variations in small molecule metabolites found in breast milk are possible risk factors for childhood obesity.

9 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent two years after fecal transplant

The apparent rise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its stubborn resistance to treatment has spurred a legion of researchers to enter the field and explore the disability in innovative ways.

9 April 2019 - Nutraingredients - Study finds ‘healthy’ kids snacks could be contributing to growing obesity crisis

Research reveals that many seemingly ‘healthy’ snacks aimed at UK children are less healthy than claimed.

4 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could eating garlic reduce aging-related memory problems?

Consuming garlic helps counteract age-related changes in gut bacteria associated with memory problems, according to a new study conducted with mice.

Atypical eating behaviors in children and adolescents with autism, ADHD, other disorders, and typical development

Atypical eating behaviors significantly more common in autism than in children with other disorders and typical children, with the most common behavior being limited food preferences. The number and types of atypical eating behaviors should alert clinicians to the possibility of autism.

No such thing as 'sugar rush' - sugar worsens mood rather than improving it

Sugar does not improve mood and it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption, according to a new study.

BBC - The diets cutting one in five lives short every year

The food we eat is putting 11 million of us into an early grave each year, an influential study shows.

Questioning Answers - Magnesium and ADHD meta-analysed

New study results provide some food for thought on the topic of whether there may be an association between magnesium levels and the diagnosis of ADHD.

Do minerals play a role in development of multiple sclerosis?

A new study shows no link between dietary intake of zinc, iron, and other key minerals and whether people later develop MS.

Human study suggests holistic psychological benefits of multi-strain probiotic

A daily dose of a multi-strain probiotic can provide a significant improvement in mood, with a reduction in depressive, anger, and fatigue, and an improvement in sleep quality, according to a new study.

Psychology Today - The Brain Needs Animal Fat

Why humans can't thrive on plants alone

31 March 2019 - Psychology Today - Psychosis and Symbiosis: Microbiome and Schizophrenia

We’ve known for a few years that people with schizophrenia have a different gut microbiome than healthy control populations.

30 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gastrointestinal complaints in children could signal future mental health problems

A study has found that adversity early in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal symptoms in children that may have an impact on the brain and behavior as they grow to maturity.

Omega-3 fatty acids tied to fewer childhood asthma symptoms

A new study has added to evidence of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet resulting in fewer pollution-triggered asthma symptoms. The same study suggests that higher amounts of dietary omega-6 fatty acids may have the opposite effect, and be associated with more severe asthma.

28 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Maternal diet during pregnancy may modulate the risk of ADHD symptoms in children

New study suggests that the risk of a child developing symptoms of ADHD may be modulated by the mother's diet during pregnancy.

28 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Poor nutrition can lead to sight loss in later life, according to study

An unhealthy diet including high fat and cholesterol-enriched food can contribute to developing eye diseases which lead to a loss of vision, according to new research.

28 March 2019 - Futurity - These brain cells naturally stop overeating

Certain brain cells in mice curb their impulse to eat, according to new research. The study shows that the cells also play a role in regulating memory, and are part of a larger brain circuit that promotes balanced eating.

27 March 2019 - Questioning Answers - On gut bacteria and schizophrenia

This new research is a good start and complements other work in related areas talking about the gut-brain axis as being potentially pertinent to some forms of schizophrenia.

The salt-craving neurons: How the appetite for salt is shaped by a taste for sodium

New research discovers neural circuits that regulate craving and satiation for salty tastes.

26 March 2019 - The Conversation - Does eating two teaspoons of nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?

A story in the Daily Mirror this week claimed that eating just two teaspoons of nuts a day “boosts brain function by 60%”. If the claim is true, we should all be rushing out to buy a bag of nuts, but is this what the study in question actually says?