Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
By: Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
On: 25 July 2021

How Genetics and Maternal Diet Effect ADHD in Children

The development of ADHD in children has a strong genetic component. It also has an environmental component as well. Part of that environment is the effect of nutrition. NOTE: Consult your doctor before trying any diet discussed in this study. Berit Skretting Solberg MD PhD is conducting a large population study (95,000 mothers, 113,000 children, 70,000 fathers) to see how big the effects are of both genetics and nutrition. This video is a Research Update. Analysis and conclusions are expected to be published by the middle of 2022...

Gut bacteria and behaviors By: Yangwenshan Ou
On: 21 July 2021

How do we learn if disturbances in gut microbiota cause behavioral problems?

“Can disturbances in the gut microbiota composition cause behavioral problems?” That is the question frequently asked when I present my studies. In the past several years, I have been looking into the correlations of the gut microbiota composition with problem behavior in healthy children. But correlation is not the same as causation. In this blog, I will explain what is needed to answer the above question about causation. First, to explain the difference between correlation and causation, think about this example: on a warm summer day, there is a high correlation between the number of ice creams sold, and the...

Alea Ruf mobile food app By: Alea Ruf
On: 19 July 2021

Mobile App tracks food intake, physical activity, and behavior successfully

As part of Work Package 3 of the Eat2beNICE Project we conduct the “APPetite-study: Effects of physical activity and exercise in interaction with diet”. The main goal of the study is to assess short-term effects of physical activity, diet and their interaction on impulsivity in daily life. For example, we want to find out whether eating foods high in fat or sugar leads to increases in impulsivity and whether physical activity plays a role in this context. To answer this question – and many more, we developed the APPetite-mobile-app. The APPetite-mobile-app captures short-term associations between diet, physical activity and impulsivity...

By: Serena Galiè
On: 30 June 2021

We are what our bacteria eat

Today, on July 1, I will defend my doctoral thesis. This thesis is about my research on the effects of nuts and the Mediterranean diet on gut microbiota, BMI and blood sugar levels. In this blog I will highlight some of my research and how this may help you to improve your diet. A long time ago, Hippocrates said “We are what we eat”. But a new revolutionary idea in medicine is pointing out the major role of gut microbiota in our health status and, more importantly, how diet influences its overall wellbeing. During the last decade, there has been...

Annick Huberts-Bosch
By: Annick Huberts-Bosch
On: 29 June 2021

The Elimination Diet and ADHD Symptoms: The TRACE Study

Annick Huberts-Bosch is a PhD candidate at Karakter Child and Youth Psychiatry University Centre (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) at the TRACE project and specializes in ADHD.
She gives an update on The Trace Study, a two arm randomized controlled trial comparing the short and long term effects of an elimination diet and a healthy diet in children with ADHD ...

By: Carolina Ramos
On: 4 June 2021

Probiotics and good lifestyle habits

Our bodies are constantly influenced by external factors that interfere with the bodily balance state, called homeostasis. To keep this balance, we have many systems in our body that aim to keep or restore this state when an external factor causes perturbations. Probiotics and a healthy lifestyle are one way to maintain a healthy balance of our intestinal microbes. A healthy microbiota is characterized by resistance and resilience. This is defined as the ability to resist an external perturbation and to return to the pre-perturbation state after a change occurs, respectively [1]. Gut microbiota are excellent at adapting to new...

By: Maria Lozano-Madrid
On: 20 May 2021

Diabetes and being overweight are linked to worse cognitive performance in elderly people

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most frequent diseases among elderly individuals, affecting 1 in 3 individuals above the age of 60 years [1]. Not only is diabetes a chronic metabolic disease affecting the individual’s health, it also influences cognitive performance. Researchers of the European Project Eat2beNICE investigated the presence of type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline in older individuals in a situation of overweight or obesity and high cardiovascular risk [2]. They found that individuals with type 2 diabetes performed worse on cognitive tasks in comparison to individuals without diabetes. The combination of diabetes, high BMI, and depression...

By: Annick Huberts-Bosch
On: 13 May 2021

Can a mother’s diet during pregnancy cause ADHD?

There is increasing evidence that the environment in the womb during pregnancy might be important in the development of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD. The fetus may be sensitive to environmental influences, such as what the mother eats during critical stages of her pregnancy. For example, studies showed that malnourishment of the mother could impact brain development in her child [1]. These influences could sustain a long time after birth and even into adulthood [2]. Thus, maternal nutrition could play a crucial role already before birth. However, it is unknown how differences in maternal diet might influence the development of...

By: Dr. Jeanette Mostert
On: 6 May 2021

Everything you didn’t know about ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. You probably knew that. And so you might also know that individuals with ADHD experience mainly problems with inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But did you know that emotional problems are also often part of ADHD? Or that individuals with ADHD are on average more creative? No worries if you didn’t, because research on this is still quite new! In the Pint of Science Episode “Everything you didn’t know about ADHD” three young scientists talk about their novel research on ADHD. Mirjam Bloemendaal investigates the ADHD gut microbiome – you might have read about...

By: Johanne Telnes Instanes
On: 4 May 2021

Ultra-processed food and ADHD

During the past decades, ultra-processed food has increasingly displaced unprocessed and freshly prepared meals in our diet. This change has taken place in both high and low-income countries, contributing up to 60% of our energy intake [1][2]. Does this major change in diet impact our health, and ADHD in particular? In this blog, I will show you that the current evidence is not yet very consistent, with some studies saying yes and others no. But first, I will explain what ultra-processed food is. What is ultra-processed food?Ultra-processed food is based mostly or entirely on substances derived from food and additives,...