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11 April 2018 - The Guardian - What is Britain eating? The ultra-processed truth about 10 of our bestselling foods

From Cherry Bakewells to Fray Bentos pies, do we really understand the cocktail of ingredients in our favourite brands? Nutritionists assess them – and just what they might mean for our health.


11 April 2018 - Open Access Government - Diet and health: A complex relationship

Advances in science and technology and socio-economic and political changes this last century have had a major impact on the way food is produced, processed, distributed and sold, and our eating habits and diets. At the same time, nutrition scientists have been acquiring, organising and communicating evidence about the relationships between our (changing) diets and health.


6 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Soft drinks sugar tax to tackle obesity 'has already had an effect'

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy charges manufacturers based on the amount of sugar added to beverages. Campaigners hope it will reduce obesity levels and improve health.


4 April 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 for fat-free kids: Study links DHA to higher fat-free body mass in children

Pregnant women supplemented with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy are more likely to have children with a higher fat-free mass at age five, researchers suggest.


4 April 2018 - MedicalXpress - Parkinson's disease and binge eating

The results of a new study show that "binge eating," which affects some Parkinson's patients, is associated with an impairment of working memory. This deficit prevents people from remembering the long-term goal of healthy eating behaviours.


30 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Can a Mediterranean diet pattern slow aging?

A series of six articles appearing in the March issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences finds new correlations between a Mediterranean diet and healthy aging outcomes - while also underscoring the need for careful approaches to the use of data in order to measure the diet's potential benefits.


29 March 2018 - The Guardian - Eating out increases levels of phthalates in the body, study finds

US research discovers 35% increase in levels of chemical linked to disease in those who dined at restaurants the previous day.


27 March 2018 - The Guardian - Can the ad industry persuade us to eat more vegetables?

For decades the food industry has played on our desire to fit in, a strategy that has already stealthily altered our eating habits. We've been persuaded that a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack are part of everyone's day, and that it's normal to have frozen pizza and ready-meals in your shopping trolley, and you don't watch television in the evening without a snack to hand.


26 March 2018 - The Guardian - The human microbiome: why our microbes could be key to our health

A plethora of conditions, from obesity to anxiety, appear to be linked to the microbes inside us.


6 March 2018 - EurekAlert - Prenatal choline intake increases grey and white matter in piglets

Piglets from choline-deficient mothers have smaller brains with less grey and white matter.


25 March 2018 - BBC - Doctors Learn Nothing About Nutrition

Medical students say they currently learn almost nothing about the way diet and lifestyle affect health - and they should be taught more.


23 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Gut bugs’ diet may impact intestinal permeability: Study

The food preferences of different bacteria in our guts may have major implications for our own digestive health, say researchers.


22 March 2018 - ScienceDaily - Antioxidants and amino acids could play role in the treatment of psychosis

A scientific paper has revealed that some nutrients found in food may help reduce the symptoms of psychotic illness, when used in the early stages of treatment.


21 March 2018 - Science Daily - Researchers link dietary supplement DHA to higher fat-free body mass in children

Researchers have reported that pregnant women who consumed a supplement of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient added to U.S. infant formulas since 2002, tend to have children with higher fat-free body mass at 5 years old.


21 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Microbiome focus: Many medicines affect our gut bacteria, not just antibiotics

While the adverse effects of antibiotic use on the human microbiome are well documented, other commonly used medicines may also have a similar impact, warn researchers.


20 March 2018 - Children born to mothers with low vitamin D levels may develop autism-like behaviors

Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy and breast feeding may be related to an unusual pattern of brain development that can lead to differences in social behaviour of children in later life, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology.


20 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Chronic fatigue syndrome possibly explained by lower levels of key thyroid hormones

New research demonstrates a link between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms and lower thyroid hormone levels. Published in Frontiers in Endocrinology, the study indicates that CFS, a condition with unknown causes, can be explained by lower thyroid hormones - but may be distinct from thyroidal disease. This finding can be seen as a first step to finding treatment for a debilitating illness for which there is no recognized treatment.


20 March 2018 - The Conversation - The science behind the red mist (and how fish can help with anger management)

What makes certain people more prone to moments of aggressive behaviour? And how can we better manage those moments? To accurately answer these questions, we need to distinguish between two different types of aggression.


20 March 2018 - Science Daily - Obese mice had about 25 percent fewer taste buds than lean mice in study

Previous studies have indicated that weight gain can reduce one's sensitivity to the taste of food. Now a new study shows that inflammation, driven by obesity, actually reduces the number of taste buds on the tongues of mice.