What’s in the News?
Amino Acid Supplements may offer autism promise
Intake of common nutritional supplements containing amino acids could help to combat a unique form of autism, according to new research published in the journal Science.
Source: Nutraingredients – 7 Sept 2012 – Read this article here.
See abstract and link to paper here: Novarino et al 2012 – Mutations in BCKD-kinase Lead to a Potentially Treatable Form of Autism with Epilepsy
Increased intake of Omega-3 fatty acids improves children’s reading and behaviour
A new study by the University of Oxford has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools. The researchers worked with children aged between seven and nine who had underperformed in standardised reading tests.
Source: FAB Research – 6 Sept 2012 – Read the full article here.
See abstract and link to freely-available paper here: Richardson et al 2012 – Docosahexaenoic Acid for Reading, Cognition and Behavior in Children Aged 7–9 Years: A Randomized, Controlled Trial (The DOLAB Study)
Researchers uncover how green tea compound boosts brain power
The green tea compound epigallocatechin-3 (EGCG) provides benefits to memory and special learning by boosting the production of important neural cells, say researchers from China. Source: Nutraingredients – 6 Sept 2012 – Read this article here.
Sugar junkies take note: a calorific diet isn’t just bad for your body, it may also trigger Alzheimer’s disease
Suzanne De La Monte’s rats were disoriented and confused. Navigating their way around a circular water maze – a common memory test for rodents – they quickly forgot where they were, and couldn’t figure out how to locate the hidden, submerged safety platform. Instead, they splashed around aimlessly. “They were demented. They couldn’t learn or remember,” says de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Source: SOTT.net (New Scientist) – 3 Sept 2012 – Read the full article here.
Obesity bad for the brain by hastening cognitive decline
Being overweight is not just bad for waistlines but for brains too, say researchers who have linked obesity to declining mental performance. Experts are not sure why this might be, but say metabolic changes such as high blood sugar and raised cholesterol are likely to be involved.
Obesity has already been tipped as a risk factor for dementia.
Source: BBC News – 21 Aug 2012 – Read this article here.
See abstract and link to paper here: Singh-Manoux et al 2012 – Obesity phenotypes in midlife and cognition in early old age: The Whitehall II cohort study
Kids’ Diet Can Impact IQ
A new Australian study suggests that a healthy diet during childhood may influence a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ). Researchers compared kids who were fed healthy diets in early age to those who had a dietary intake that included more junk food.
Source: PsycheCentral – 8 Aug 2012 – Read this article here.
See abstract and link to paper here: Smithers et al 2012 – Dietary patterns at 6, 15 and 24 months of age are associated with IQ at 8 years of age
19-20 Sept 2012 – Chicago, US – The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward
Organised by: The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Institute of Social Inclusion, Chicago
Today, more than half of all global humanity lives in urban areas. That figure is projected to grow to more than 60 percent by 2050. Although cities possess conditions that promote good mental health, they also possess conditions – poverty, conflict, and social isolation – that are harmful to mental health. In fact, research demonstrates that city living is linked to increased risk for mental health problems. More information here.
10 Oct 2012 – Human nutrition through the ‘seven ages’ – Royal Society of Medicine, London
Organised by: The Royal Society of Medicine
This event will follow the varying nutritional needs, stage by stage through the lifecycle: preconception to infancy, childhood and puberty, performance and adulthood into later life. Note the basic differences between demands of body and brain. Look for ways of generating lifecycle health. More information here.
18 Oct 2012 – Mental Illness In The 21st Century – Truro, Cornwall
Organised by: The Chy Sawel Project – A registered charity
Chy-Sawel is a Charity. This will be their 6th Conference, an event they now aim to hold annually.
Mental illness, in its many guises, is the country’s major medical problem – past and current research shows that an holistic, nutrition-based treatment approach is the way forward – a theme our speakers will emphasize. We are dedicated primarily to making this information available to all but with an ultimate goal of opening our own Treatment Centre”.
More information here.
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Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
For thousands of years, humans have eaten well and stayed healthy without nutritional scientists or even knowing what an antioxidant is. So which of the modern world’s hundreds of rules do we actually need? Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants. Check it out here.
Devil In The Milk. Illness, health and politics – A1 and A2 Milk by Keith Woodford
This groundbreaking book is the first to be published internationally that examines the link between one of the proteins in the milk we drink and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism and schizophrenia. These health problems are linked to a tiny protein fragment that is formed when we digest A1 beta-casein, a milk protein produced by many cows in New Zealand, Australia and other western countries. More information here.
They Are What You Feed Them by Dr Alex Richardson
As popular as ever since first published in 2006, Dr Alex Richardson exposes the truth about what children eat – or fail to eat – and the impact of this on their behaviour, learning and mood. She explains why common culprit foods can be so damaging – and so irresistible – and shows how to bring the best choices into your child’s diet. A few simple changes can be all it takes to make the world of difference. Purchase your copy here.
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