The very low consumption of long-chain omega-3 fats, and the incorrect balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in children’s diets, highlight the need for public health initiatives to address this problem in the UK
A new study published in Nutrition Research has found that children born to a mother with low intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy were at increased risk of adverse development specific to certain speech and mathematical abilities.
The researchers in this study found that persistently high insulin levels from mid-childhood were linked with a higher chance of developing psychosis in adulthood.
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.
A study of over 11,000 women found that 36.3 percent of women experienced 'loss of control' eating in pregnancy – a characteristic feature of binge eating defined as feeling out of control whilst eating, irrespective of the amount consumed.
There is growing evidence of benefits to the health and development of the baby if women eat fish while pregnant, despite the mercury content.
Vegetarian men are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms than omnivores, according to a new study published in Journal of Affective Disorders.
Study found that vitamin D level in pregnancy is associated with neurodevelopmental outcomes in the offspring. Children born to women with low levels of vitamin D in pregnancy are more likely to have suboptimal fine- and gross-motor skills.
High intake of sugar during pregnancy could increase risk of childhood allergy and allergic asthma, according to a new large-scale study.
High maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of allergy and allergic asthma in the offspring, according to an early study involving almost 9,000 mother-child pairs.
62 percent of school-age children and 85 percent of pregnant women in Israel have low iodine intakes, according to the country's first national iodine survey.
Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations.
Landmark study found that aging humans who consumed more omega-3s had increased gray matter brain volume
A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not.
”Eating fish during pregnancy can help reduce feelings of anxiety ahead of giving birth,” advises The Daily Telegraph. The story is based on research which asked more than 9,500 pregnant women about their diets and their levels of anxiety.
Women who do not eat fish during pregnancy are more likely to experience high levels of anxiety at that time.
A study of around 1000 UK mothers and their children, published in The Lancet, has revealed that iodine deficiency in pregnancy may have an adverse effect on children's mental development. The research raises concerns that the iodine status of pregnant women is a public-health issue that needs to be addressed.
Mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK, say researchers.
The statement that 'fish is good for the brain' is increasingly backed-up by scientific evidence but what the actual outcomes are in terms of mental performance or 'brain power' is still being discovered.
Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child's intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University.