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8 August 2018 - Nutraingredients - Nutritional psychiatry: Accessing the gut to address the brain

As evidence mounts for the existence of the gut-brain axis, nutritional psychiatry has emerged as a promising research field within the food and nutrition community.


6 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - One in 10 IBS with diarrhoea patients wish they were dead when their condition is bad

Eleven percent of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) patients reveal that they suffer from suicidal thinking when their condition is bad, a new study has found.


6 August 2018 - Nutraingredients - Fibre-rich foods said to reduce gut stress and ‘anxiety-like behaviour’

Evidence for the gut-brain axis’ influence was shared in new research identifying the role high-fibre foods have in reducing the effects stress has on the gut and in anxiety-like behaviour.


3 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Pregnant women encouraged to eat cold-water fish

“At a time when many pregnant women are hearing messages encouraging them to avoid intake of fish altogether due to mercury content, our results support the importance of ensuring adequate intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy," says Sjurdur F. Olsen, adjunct professor of nutrition at Harvard Chan School.


3 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Low plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids associated with preterm birth

Pregnant women who had low plasma levels of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their first and second trimesters were at a significantly higher risk of early preterm birth when compared with women who had higher levels of these fatty acids, according to new research.


2 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Misleading claims on sugar-rich cereals

The BDA has called for sweeping changes to food marketing and product formulation, as new research by Cardiff University reveals the extent of misleading claims on sugar-rich cereals aimed at children.


2 August 2018 - The Conversation - Keto diet: a dietitian on what you need to know

The keto diet is one of a series of fashionable low carb diets that include the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the Zone diet. There are hundreds of people selling ketogenic diet plans available - but what exactly is it, what nutritional and physical implications does it entail, and is it actually any good?


1 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Eat high-fiber foods to reduce effects of stress on gut and behavior

Eating high fibre foods may reduce the effects of stress on our gut and behaviour, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology.


1 August 2018 - Science Daily - Measure of belly fat in older adults is linked with cognitive impairment

Data from over 5,000 adults over the age of 60 indicates that as waist:hip ratio increases, so does cognitive impairment. The findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.


1 August 2018 - Science Daily - Both long term abstinence and heavy drinking may increase dementia risk

People who abstain from alcohol or consume more than 14 units a week during middle age (midlife) are at increased risk of developing dementia, a new study finds.


30 July 2018 - Daily Mail Online - Millions of us swallow them by the handful, but are fish oil pills just a waste of money?

A sweeping and inclusive look at facts, fiction and questions surrounding omega 3 fatty acids and their relation to human health. Includes contributions from FAB's Dr Alex Richardson and Professor Michael Crawford.


30 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Limit low-calorie sodas and drinks, and stick to water instead, researchers advise

A science advisory from the American Heart Association counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. Instead, the group of leading nutritionists, doctors and researchers urged people to replace sugary and diet drinks with plain, carbonated or unsweetened flavoured water.


28 July 2018 - Mad In America - Julia Rucklidge: Nutrition, Mental Health and TED

Interview with Dr. Julia Rucklidge. Dr. Rucklidge is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and leads the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group.


24 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Alzheimer's disease risk impacted by the liver, diet

Reduced levels of plasmalogens - a class of lipids created in the liver that are integral to cell membranes in the brain - are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease, according to new research.


24 July 2018 - Alzheimer's Association - Advances along the gut-liver-brain axis in Alzheimer's disease

Four new studies reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 in Chicago investigated how the digestive system, including gut and liver functions, may be related to changes in the brain, and to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


24 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Omega-3s help keep kids out of trouble, study says

Something as simple as a dietary supplement could reduce disruptive, even abusive behaviour, according to newly released research by a team led by a UMass Lowell criminal justice professor.


23 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Gluten-free kids' foods fall short on nutrition

Gluten-free foods are one of the latest nutritional trends, with many parents assuming foods with a gluten-free label are healthier than foods with gluten.


23 July 2018 - Neuroscience News - How the Brain Controls Food Cravings

A new EEG study reveals when activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is suppressed, cravings for high calorie food increases.


19 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - How maternal diet could change the infant gut microbiome

UNSW Sydney researchers presenting at the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Conference in Sydney this week highlighted evidence that suggest changes to a mother's microbiome, or gut health, brought on by obesity or a high fat diet during pregnancy can be transferred to the microbiome of her offspring.


19 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Food for thought: How the brain reacts to food may be linked to overeating

The reason why some people find it so hard to resist finishing an entire bag of chips or bowl of candy may lie with how their brain responds to food rewards, leaving them more vulnerable to overeating.