By: Dr. Manuel Schlipf
On: 4 August 2022

Why is it so difficult to change health-related behavior?

When you read the blogs on this website, you will know how healthy lifestyle and nutrition can contribute to mental health. With this information it should be easy for everyone to eat healthy, stop smoking and increase their physical activity, shouldn’t it? In reality, it is very difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle, even when you know all the facts. Why it is so difficult to change our habits? Unlike what many people think, common sense or the right information about good health related behavior is not always enough for changing bad habits. It is more complex than that. Our...

By: Hannah Dorsman
On: 13 June 2022

Vitamin D and Students´ Mental Health

The exam season is almost upon us. Days in the library are getting longer and the urge to just go for some comfort food in the evening is growing. Unfortunately, this also means that our vitamin D levels are at a risk of falling. This can have a negative impact on our mood and overall mental health, which is exactly what we do not want during the busy weeks surrounding our exams. WHAT IS VITAMIN D? Truth is, Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, but a hormone that takes care of the uptake of calcium and phosphate in our...

By: Mandy Meijer
On: 9 June 2022

Picture a scientist – a gender imbalance in science

If you ask children to draw a scientist, they will probably picture a white man. There are less women than men in science, and thus female scientists are less visible for children [1]. The name of a 2020 documentary movie comes from that phenomenon: Picture a Scientist [2]. The documentary tries to answer why there is a gender imbalance in science. A leaky pipeline and implicit bias The main reason for this imbalance is called the ‘leaky pipeline’. The number of female/male science students are quite balanced. But women are facing difficulties when trying to get higher positions in science...

By: Hans van de Velde
On: 31 May 2022

What are the challenges for people with ADHD eating healthy?

During the annual meeting of the EU project Eat2Benice, Hans van de Velde, vice-president of ADHD-Europe, talked about the challenges for people with ADHD to eat healthy. We all know that we should eat healthy. But putting this knowledge into practice is often very difficult. And for individuals with ADHD this might be extra difficult, due to the symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and lower self-control. This is an appeal for scientists of how they can help individuals with ADHD to eat healthy What are the ADHD-challenges to eat healthy? Here are some examples from the ADHD community: People with ADHD...

Obesity Stress (credit David D'amore) By: Arawa Kolossa
On: 4 May 2022

Obesity: Don’t Stress About It

Were you ever fat shamed? If yes, It must have not felt good to hear that. I am sorry this happened to you. This is not another blog on how unhealthy and life-threatening it is to be obese. Instead, I will focus on recognizing stressful situations and explain what stress is and why it is related to obesity. Most importantly, at the very end  I’ll tell you some techniques on how to handle the fuss that comes from being obese. No one can deny the health issues related to being overweight, as no one can deny the effect of stress...

gender specific gut bacteria By: Yangwenshan Ou
On: 4 May 2022

Are your gut bacteria sex-specific?

Numerous biological differences exist between men and women. This seems to be even true for the make-up of our gut bacteria. Researchers have found that the communities of gut microbes look different in adult men compared to women. This leads to new questions about when these sex-related differences arise during development. To study gut microbiota differences between men and women, researchers investigated thousands of poop samples, mostly from healthy adults [1 – 3]. They found that on average, women had higher levels of the bacterial genus called Bacteroides, and lower levels of Prevotella. Interestingly, both bacteria types can play both...

adhd and micronutrients By: Prof. Julia Rucklidge
On: 3 May 2022

Accumulating Evidence for the Benefit of Micronutrients for Children With ADHD

I am more excited about a recent publication than I have been of some of my own work. And that’s because Johnstone et al conducted an independent randomized placebo-controlled trial (RCT) as a replication of a study my lab published in 2018 using micronutrients as a treatment for ADHD in children and they found very similar results to those we reported in our paper. Replication in science is vital and this study, along with our 2 studies, one with adults and one with children, is sufficient to making micronutrients as a treatment for ADHD more mainstream. Indeed, 2 independent RCTs...

PhD research students By: Dr. Jeanette Mostert
On: 13 April 2022

Life of a PhD Student

Four first year students of Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, spent a full week shadowing PhD-student Babette Jakobi. In this blog they tell you what they found out about ‘life of a PhD student’ and their discovery on the relationship between sleep and ADHD. What does a PhD-student do? A PhD-student is someone who is doing a large research project that can take 3 to 6 years. At the end of this period, the PhD-student has to defend his or her work to a committee of senior academics, and is then promoted the PhD degree. We followed...

Easy Easter Recipes Your Brain will Thank You For By: Lessa Madelief Schippers
On: 6 April 2022

Easy Easter Recipes Your Brain Will Thank You For

Easter is around the corner! What pops into your mind when you think about Easter? In many cultures families eat together for Easter, either for dinner, lunch or brunch. Have you thought about what you are going to cook yet? For me, Easter is all about celebrating fresh spring flavours. As Easter is late (or high, as Italians call it) this year, we have more fresh produce to enjoy! If for this Easter, you want to focus on food that not only tastes good, but is also good for your health, check out the recipes below! For this menu, I...

How lack of sleep leads to unhealthy eating By: Yaribe Schmitter
On: 23 March 2022

How lack of sleep leads to unhealthy eating

Inadequate sleep does not only make you grumpy and causes you to perform worse at school or work, but also imposes a risk on your physical health. When it comes to nutrition, research shows that a lack of sleep leads to unhealthy eating. Short sleeping time may be related to obesity as it makes you eat more, because changes in hormones ghrelin and leptin lead to increased appetite and hunger [1]. This has been shown in a controlled laboratory study involving sleep-restricted participants, who were not allowed to spend more than 4 hours in bed for 5 consecutive nights. These...