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,...

By: Dr. Lizanne Schweren
On: 16 April 2021

Why scientists can’t just tell you what to eat

The question of ‘what to eat’ can be a tough one. I previously wrote a blog about why – for many of us – food can be quite a sensitive topic. In short, food choices can be seen to reflect what’s important for us, and the illusion of full control over our diet can cause shame when we make unhealthy choices. On top of that, the media is full of mixed messages regarding what to eat (and what not to eat), oftentimes coming from scientists. With so much research going on, you might think: “why can’t you scientists just tell...

By: Kevin Amaral
On: 14 April 2021

Meditation: If there are ‘Super Foods’ are there also ‘Super Activities’?

We already discussed Super Foods and their benefits compared to conventional groceries: If you have not read the blog post yet check it out here. But what about activities? Are there extraordinary healthy “Super”-Activities? What about meditation? When thinking about meditation the first thing that comes to mind is Buddha sitting in a kind of cross-legged position with closed eyes. Just sitting… spending time doing nothing? In the beginning, I thought so too but meditation is much more than that. But first things first: Indeed, meditation is part of numerous religious traditions including Hinduism and Buddhism. But for some time,...

By: Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
On: 12 April 2021

Fiber: a ‘proxy’ for diet quality

Imagine you want to investigate the effects of diet on mental health and behavior. You would need to collect a lot of data about what someone is eating, and about their mental health. However, such rich and complex data is not always available. We therefore sometimes use a ‘proxy’ of the variable (such as diet) that we want to study. A ‘proxy’  is a variable used instead of the variable of interest when that variable of interest cannot be measured directly. For a variable to be a good ‘proxy’, it must have a close correlation with the variable of interest...

By: Luisa Lambert
On: 8 April 2021

It’s teatime: The benefits of drinking tea for cognition and health

Tea is a popular drink all over the world. In 2019 alone, a total of 5,267,240 tons of tea were produced [1]. The top tea consumer in 2020 was Turkey, with sales of 2.7 kg per person [2]. But what makes tea different from other beverages? It’s just hot water, isn’t it? Definitely not! Drinking tea can have a large impact on our health. For example, researchers from China conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies and found that in groups of people with high tea consumption, fewer people suffered from depression compared to groups of people with low tea consumption...