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...

Diabetes, depression and ADHD By: Sarah Tjeerdsma
On: 2 March 2022

Why everyone should know about type 2 diabetes and co-occurring psychiatric symptoms

You might know someone, or be someone, with type 2 diabetes. But did you know that type 2 diabetes often co-occurs with psychiatric symptoms, such as depression or ADHD? Often, however, these psychiatric complaints are attributed to diabetic symptoms, and therefore the mental health issues remain untreated. Besides the direct effects these issues might have on daily life, psychiatric issues can also lead to problems with the management of diabetes. Therefore, it’s very important to increase awareness of this co-occurrence, so that this can be recognized sooner by health care professionals, but also by people with diabetes themselves. The sooner...

cognitive-bias By: Clara Hausmann, Carolin Muller
On: 27 February 2022

There is no time like the present – cognitive biases and the need for real-time data

Imagine, you are randomly picked to take part in a study. The researchers aim to investigate some of your daily behavior. For this purpose, you need to fill out a questionnaire in which you are asked to report on positive and negative events that have occurred during the past four days. Furthermore, you have to report on your food intake, including the exact amount and time of your meals. While you might easily remember what you had for breakfast today, you probably cannot perfectly reconstruct all meals and snacks from the past days. This kind of forgetfulness might lead to...

brain transplant By: Dr. Larissa Niemeyer
On: 15 February 2022

How to do a brain transplant without brain transplantation

When you get really sick and one of your organs can’t do its job anymore, one medical technique is to have a transplantation. This is often the case with kidneys and livers, but you can also get a new lung or even a heart. As there are many illnesses affecting the brain, one might wish for brain transplants as well, but as for now they only appear in science fiction stories. However, new research shows there might be another way. In recent years the connection between brain and gut has become more and more prominent in research, and scientists all...

gut microbiota By: Carolina Ramos
On: 7 February 2022

Differences in the Microbiota of Patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder)

When we think about someone with ADHD, we don’t automatically think about what’s living in his or her gut. Still, recent research has shown that there might be some differences between the gut bacteria of adults with ADHD, compared to those without ADHD. This can help us to better understand what causes ADHD, and develop new treatments. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that involves symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (1,2). Due to these symptoms, someone with ADHD may experience problems at work, school and/or family or personal relationships (3). ADHD is quite a prevalent condition, affecting...

The gut microbiome is activated at birth By: Athanasia Ioannou, Lieke Haanstra
On: 6 February 2022

The Gut Microbiome, The Brain, and Cognitive Development in Infants

Humans are capable of complex activities such as decision-making, using tools and forming societies. The human body consist of 30 trillion cells that have differentiated to give each body part its unique properties. Human cells are the pillars that enabled man to go to the moon, design massive computers, genetically modify plants, eradicate diseases and reach the golden age of mean 85.7 years. But let us tell you the truth: this is only half the story! The human body is home to 39 trillion bacteria that, collectively with other microbes, are called our microbiome.1 So, does that mean that we...

How gender effects your behaviour and gut By: Eline Rots
On: 10 January 2022

How Gender Effects Your Behaviour and Gut

There are many biological differences between men and women. This does not only include physical appearances, but also for instance mental health [1] [2]. For example, whether you are biologically a man or a women can influence your risk of developing a particular mental condition such as depression or ADHD. In this blog I will discuss how differences in biological sex* are linked to differences in the gut microbiome and problem- and prosocial behaviour. Differences in problem- and prosocial behaviour Sex differences have not only been found in clinically diagnosed mental disorders, but also in behavioural problem- and prosocial behaviour...