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:

  • Kids devouring too much ‘breakfast sugar’ warning
  • Olive oil could slash your chances of bone fractures in half, study says
  • Autism may begin early in brain development
  • The appendix may have an important function, new research suggests
  • Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women

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Is the value of your functional testing getting lost in translation?

Getting bogged down in the detail of functional tests? You’re not the only one. With a greater number of functional and genetic tests out there, some provided by reputable labs, some by lesser known, more “novel” outfits, this is a subject that is now at the forefront of the minds of most health practitioners.

In this week’s blog, experienced functional practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas shares with us how clinical applicability is the key to choosing the appropriate test, and how to do that to optimise clinical outcomes. Miguel discusses his top 5 considerations that he believes all functional practitioners should take into account before choosing the right test for their clients.

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Adding another dimension to the Obesity crisis

It’s that time of year again! Everyone’s talking about which diet they’re going on and what exercise they’re going to do in order to get to their goal weight but, when it comes to obesity, is it really as simple as calories in/energy out?

Our blog this week has been written by Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth, a nutritional therapist with a Masters Degree from the University of Worcester. Debi-Ann looks at how obesity is the most common form of disruption in energy balance, and is a major, and very prevalent, disorder of nutrition.

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Action Against Alzheimer’s (AAA) Programme

In November last year, new figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, replacing ischaemic heart disease. It is the leading cause for women and overall, heart disease remains the leading cause for men.

There isn’t a week that passes where Alzheimer’s or dementia is not in the news – a new drug offers hope, a new drug has failed, a well loved celebrity has the disease, a therapy has shown promise. Nevertheless, although over 244 drugs have been approved for dementia, they have failed to make any real, lasting difference, other than perhaps some short term symptom improvement.

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Ask the Professor: Discussing Nutrigenetics in Clinical Practice with Professor Giovanni Scapagnini

“The science of gene-diet interaction is one of the most promising strategies we have in order to improve general health”, a quotation from Professor Giovanni Scapagnini taken from this week’s blog, in which clinical neuroscientist and functional nutrition practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas interviews Professor Scapagnini on the complex subject of nutrigenetics and its role in disease prevention and treatment.

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Make a healthy start to 2017 – Hints and tips for the perfect smoothie

With the period of over indulgence now over our shoulders for another year, many will be looking to January and February as a period of recovery to make up for the guilt of having one too many mince pies!

To start off the year, we thought we would give you some smoothie tips to assist a healthy start to 2017, and to help you on your way to getting your 5-or-more-a-day. Whether you eat healthily all year round, or are looking to 2017 for a fresh start and have made a New Year’s Resolution, this blog will provide you with a few hints and tips to assist in making a healthy and nutritious smoothie.

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