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    Your Poop, Your Gut, and Your Health

    ‘If two people eat the same, do they also have the same poop?’ Our microbiologist, dr. Clara Belzer answered this question from Noa (age 12) on Dutch national radio and explained her research on gut-microbes and health. “Well the answer is yes and no”, starts Clara Belzer. So it’s a great question! Yes: feces gets to be more similar
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    Hydrogen, Gut Microbes, and Inflammation

    Real time measurements of intestinal gases: a novel method to study how food is being digested Researchers in Wageningen (The Netherlands), have been able to identify for the first time, how gut microorganisms process different types of carbohydrates by measuring in real time the intestinal gases of mice. This is not only a novel method to
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    Early Life Nutrition and Gut Microbiota

    In my previous blogs, I explained the research questions of my study. This study will be performed in two cohorts which I will elaborate on in this current blog about early life nutrition and studying gut microbiota. The cohorts are called BIBO and BINGO.   BIBO stands for ‘Basale Invloeden op de Baby’s Ontwikkeling’ (in English:
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    ADHD and Obesity: Does One Cause the Other?

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopment disorder characterized by inattention or hyperactivity–impulsivity, or both. It might seem paradoxical, but many studies indicate that individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD suffer from overweight and obesity. Therefore, it is important to understand the underlying
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    New Discoveries in ADHD genetic markers

    Why 12 genetic markers for ADHD are exciting news for New Brain Nutrition We are finally here: for the first time, genome-wide significant markers are identified that increase the risk for Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This research was conducted by an international consortium of more than 200 experts on genetics and
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    The Millisecond Gut-Brain Communication System

    Breaking news: It has long been assumed that the gut and the brain communicate not only via a slow, hormonal pathway, but that there must be an additional, faster association between gut and brain. Melanie Maya Kelberer and her colleagues from Duke University, NC, now managed to detect this connection. Their paper has just been published in
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    Changes in children’s healthy eating: a 20-year longitudinal study in Estonia

    The topic of adopting healthier diets is increasingly popular due to better awareness of issues like obesity, diet-related health problems and illnesses, and a general pursuit of better life quality. A large, longitudinal study in Estonia investigated how eating patterns have changed over the years, and which factors influence the food choices
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    ADHD and Exercise

    ADHD is among the most common psychiatric disorders, with ~3% prevalence in adulthood and ~5% in childhood. ADHD has a high risk for comorbid conditions. Comorbid means that one psychiatric disorder often comes together with another psychiatric disorder. For instance mood, anxiety and substance use disorders have high comorbid rates in adults
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    Probiotics and ADHD

    Maladaptive or uncontrolled impulsivity and compulsivity lead to emotional and social maladjustment, e.g. addiction and crime, and underlie psychiatric disorders. Recently, alterations in microbiota composition have shown to have implications for brain and social behaviors as we have been explaining in our lasts blogs. The microbiota-gut-brain
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    Inflammatory Foods Linked to Mental Illness

    What is inflammation? Inflammation is the response of the body’s immune system against external factors that can put your health in danger. When this system feels it is attacked by something that may harm your health, it activates some molecules that are called cytokines in order to neutralize or avoid any damage so you can be safe. Why is
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