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  • Four Easy Rules for Healthy Eating and Lifestyle

    Four Easy Rules for Healthy Eating and Lifestyle

    Every time I travel and enter the breakfast room of my hotel, I think of Japan. And not just because of the curious surprises that I encountered when traveling there. (Once, the hotel’s definition of a ‘western style breakfast buffet’ was shrimp pasta and pepperoni pizza!) The Japanese have an interesting relationship with their nutrition.
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  • How to Measure the Food You Eat

    How to Measure the Food We Eat

    Assessing someone’s diet can be tricky and particularly time-consuming. People choose from millions of groceries every day, and the vast range of products available adds a further level of complexity to accurately assessing diet. Traditionally, dietary research is based on food diaries, meaning participants keep record of what they eat and
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    How to Test for ADHD in Children

    In studies about treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it is important to use valid and reliable instruments to measure effects. A valid instrument can measure a difference in symptoms before and some time after the treatment has started. Usually questionnaires for parents and teachers are
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  • Gut_Microbes and Mental Health

    The Gut-Brain Axis: How intestinal bacteria effect mental health

    Recently, the idea that gastrointestinal microbiota are able to affect host behaviour is gaining momentum and it is based on studies conducted with animal models but also in humans with neurological disorders. However, the mechanisms that underlay this complex interplay between gut, brain and microbiota are not completely understood. Here we
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  • Elimination Diet

    ADHD and Elimination Diet

    In every classroom approximately two children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They struggle with attention problems and hyperactive and impulsive behavior. This has negative consequences for these children. For example, they can have difficulties learning, it puts them at risk for other psychiatric problems,
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  • breastfeeding and early nutrition

    Importance of Early Life Nutrition

    As described in my previous blog post (Nutrition, Gut Microbiota and Behavior, 4th of April), I will investigate the association between nutrition, gut microbiota and behavior. One of the main focuses within my research is to investigate the association between early life nutrition, gut microbiota development and inhibitory control within
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  • Food Choices cartoon

    Food and Beverage Related Decisions in a Day

    How many total food-and beverage-related decisions do you make in one day? Have a guess! You reckon more than 15 decisions per day?! Congratulations! You are closer than the average (14.4) of 139 participants who were asked exactly the same question in a study by Wansink and Sobal (2007). However, you might still be far off. Let’s have a
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  • frog and butterfly

    Genetic basis of risk-taking behavior and its relation to mental and physical health

    What makes some of us more likely to drive over the speed limit, participate in extreme sports or make decisions that can impact health over time? Risk-taking behavior has distinct subtypes (for example disinhibition, sensation seeking, calculated risks, impulsivity) that develop due to the complex interplay of different factors: our lifestyle
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  • obesity

    Food Addiction and Obesity

    Food is addictive. It has been an addiction that has kept mankind alive for thousands of years. Today, hunger is no longer a problem in the developed world; it is quite the opposite. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8
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  • young boy and microphone

    Nutrition, Gut Microbiota and Behaviour

    The reason why I look at impulsive behavior is because mental disorders are the single largest contributors to disease burden in Europe. Impulsivity and compulsivity increase the risk of psychiatric disorders, especially Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, alcohol and drug abuse disorders, conduct disorder and antisocial disorders
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