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Prunetin prolongs lifespan in male fruit flies and enhances overall health
Here's a reason for men to eat their lima beans--If research in male fruit flies holds up, it might help you live longer. (Medical News Today)

UK public back ban on children's junk food advertising
Three quarters of the UK public back a ban on junk food advertising before the 9pm TV watershed, according to a new YouGov survey* published by Cancer Research UK today (Monday 8th February). (Medical News Today)

Eating chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth, development
Expectant mothers who eat 30 g of chocolate daily - regardless of flavanol content - may be helping their child's growth and development, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Study: Vacations can lead to weight gain, contribute to 'creeping obesity'
A week's vacation may leave many adults with a heavier midsection--extra weight that can hang around even six weeks post-vacation. (Medical News Today)

Milk, vitamin supplements and exercise raise children's vitamin D levels
Sufficient intake of fortified dairy products is of significant importance for the serum vitamin D level in primary school children, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (Medical News Today)

Graphical display of nutrition information helps keep health-conscious eaters on target
Diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease can often be prevented or treated by managing the intake of certain nutrients. (Medical News Today)

Obesity associated with ADHD in females
Obesity and ADHD have been found to coincide in females, says a new study that has followed participants from 1976-2010, suggesting a need for greater awareness of the risks. (Medical News Today)

Case study: despite bright spots, most campus food unhealthy
Only 12 percent of entrées and 36 percent of main dish salads served in and around California Polytechnic State University were found to be healthy, according to researchers at the university. (Medical News Today)

New sunscreen offers vitamin D production with UV protection
Sunscreens that block harmful rays also prevent vitamin D creation, leaving many people deficient. A new sunscreen will soon be on sale that both protects and enables vitamin D. (Medical News Today)

Energy drinks: adverse heart reactions linked to more than two per day
A new study highlights the dangers of consuming more than two energy drinks per day, with patients presenting to the hospital with palpitations and chest pain. (Medical News Today)

Routine antibiotics should be reconsidered for malnourished children
A new study suggests that the current recommendation to treat severely malnourished children with routine antibiotics does not increase the likelihood of nutritional recovery in uncomplicated cases. (Medical News Today)

New study finds simplified nutritional labels spur healthier choices in grocery stores
When it comes to making healthier food purchases in our nation's grocery stores, the simpler the nutritional packaging is, the better. (Medical News Today)

Increased risk of bacterial infection if food is exposed to light
Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. (Medical News Today)

CWRU researcher developing portable method to detect tainted medicines and supplements
Fake or low-quality medicines and food supplements are an ongoing global problem in underdeveloped nations, although technology-savvy places, such as the United States, are also not immune. (Medical News Today)

Coffee may protect against liver cirrhosis
A pooled analysis of data from studies published to date finds that increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis. (Medical News Today)

Penn Nursing study answers: What's a good breakfast for kids?
A team of researchers, led by Tanja Kral, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, concluded that a breakfast... (Medical News Today)

Study shows maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. EST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from... (Medical News Today)

Paper highlights best practices for omega-3 clinical trials with cardiovascular outcomes
A paper published this week in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids sheds new light on recent neutral studies questioning the benefits of omega-3s for heart health. (Medical News Today)

A combined carbon and sugar tax could have environmental and health benefits
A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GBÂŁ3. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: no link to mercury in brain or seafood consumption
In the first study to examine the link between mercury levels in the brain and brain neuropathology, researchers say there is no association between mercury levels and dementia. (Medical News Today)

When food alters gene function
As the study shows, a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation leads to epigenetic* changes in the offspring. (Medical News Today)

Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis
Regular consumption of coffee was linked with a reduced risk of liver cirrhosis in a review of relevant studies published before July 2015. (Medical News Today)

Are BPA-free food containers really safe?
Plastic products containing bisphenol A are thought to be harmful, so bisphenol S has been introduced as a safer alternative. New studies, however, show they have similar effects. (Medical News Today)

With a broken circadian clock, even a low-salt diet can raise resting blood pressure, promote disease
In the face of a disrupted circadian rhythm, a low-salt diet and a hormone known to constrict blood vessels have the same unhealthy result: elevated resting blood pressure and vascular disease... (Medical News Today)

Hypervirulent forms of food poisoning pathogen identified
A genetic analysis of thousands of strains of the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a serious foodborne illness, is reported online this week in Nature Genetics. (Medical News Today)

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