Category Archives: Cognitive / Depression

In the news – Health and nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide our usual monthly roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles to be in the news, five items comprising:

  • Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn
  • Probiotics may ease severity of multiple sclerosis: Study
  • Could Turmeric really boost your health?
  • Mediterranean diet ‘could prevent 19,000 deaths a year in UK’
  • Feeding babies peanuts and eggs can reduce risk of developing allergies in later life, study shows

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Leading a sedentary lifestyle – could sitting really be the new smoking?

Have you ever considered how much time a day you spend sitting down? And what impact this may be having on your health? Well the average person living in the United Kingdom now spends approximately 8 to 9 hours sitting down every single day. This is quite a staggering statistic and a major health concern, one that carries distinctly separate health risks to those associated with a ‘lack of exercise’. But what are the negative impacts that a sedentary lifestyle has on our health? And how is it different from simply not exercising enough?

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Children’s health: Preparing for a new school year

It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the summer and the new school term gets underway. It is also the time of year when due to season changes and numbers of children grouped together inside that there is an increase in common infections such as coughs, colds and flu.

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In the news – Health and nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles to be in the news, five items comprising:

  • Characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome identified
  • Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society
  • Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis
  • Sleep ‘resets’ brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals
  • Scientists study link between unhealthy pregnancy diet and ADHD

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Can we blame the increase in Alzheimer’s on our genes?

As we have noted in previous blogs, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is increasing and by 2050 it is predicted it will affect 160 million people globally. Over 200 genes so far have been identified that influence the risk of Alzheimer’s – so is this disease a consequence of our genetics or a mismatch of our genes with our environment?

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