Category Archives: Sleep Disruption/ Insomnia

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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Alzheimer’s disease, Sleep and Melatonin

If there is one health worry that seems to eclipse all others when it comes to getting older, it is the thought of falling prey to Dementia; a condition that instils the ‘fear factor’ in us all. Indeed, a study conducted by Alzheimer’s Research UK has shown that Dementia is in fact the public’s number one fear ahead of cancer. But does this need to be the case?

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Eczema – Looking Beyond the Skin

Eczema is a name for a group of skin conditions – of which atopic eczema, (also known as ‘atopic dermatitis’) is the most common. This condition often occurs in people who are prone to other common allergies. It can run in families and often develops alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

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Melatonin – Much More than Meets the Eye

It has been described as the “superhero of the night” and is now considered to be one of the most important hormones and antioxidants in the body – Melatonin.

Indeed, recent research is suggesting that the health benefits of melatonin supercede what was previously considered to be simply the ‘regulator of the sleep cycle’.

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Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME – What’s missing?

It is estimated that around 250,000 people in the UK suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), with 1 in 4 of these sufferers experiencing severe symptoms that affect quality of life and seriously reduce mobility. It is a condition, along with many other chronic diseases, that appears to be in a ‘grey area’ in terms of treatment and a possible cure. But could we be looking in the wrong direction for an explanation?

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