Category: Health

The potential of Vitamin B1 in improving depression in the elderly

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among the elderly. Thiamine (Vitamin B1) has been hypothesised to play an important role in mental health. Inadequate Vitamin B1 intake and Vitamin B1 deficiencies may lead to physical and mental health issues. For example,… Continue Reading “The potential of Vitamin B1 in improving depression in the elderly”

National Nutrition Week

Vegetables are awesome! Each year National Nutrition Week raises awareness around the role of food on our health, and supports the community to enjoy healthy eating. This year we are encouraging families to find more ways to enjoy vegetables, and to eat one extra… Continue Reading “National Nutrition Week”

Some blueberries per day…

Are blueberries the superfood we are looking for? Well, as we know, blueberries have been used as “food as medicine” for a very long time. Blueberries have a wide spectrum nutritional profile and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The increased consumption of berries has… Continue Reading “Some blueberries per day…”

Herbal medicine use and anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition in Australia. Over a quarter of Australian adults have reported having an anxiety disorder diagnosis in their lifetime. Approximately 14.4 % had a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months. Herbal medicines… Continue Reading “Herbal medicine use and anxiety”

Mindfulness meditation for anxiety relief

Anxiety is the cognitive state related to the inability to control emotional responses to perceived threats. Anxiety is inversely related to brain activity associated with the cognitive regulation of emotions. Mindfulness meditation has been found to regulate anxiety. Mindfulness meditation is premised on stabilising… Continue Reading “Mindfulness meditation for anxiety relief”

Chocolate and the Heart

Chocolate and the Heart ❤️ Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate has been associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation – a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat. These findings were from a large study of 55,502 men and women… Continue Reading “Chocolate and the Heart”

Fruit and vegetable consumption may help reduce the prevalence of psychological distress

Mental disorders affect 10% of the world population and represent 30% of non-fatal global burden of disease. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is projected to rank among the three leading causes of global disease burden by 2030. Depression in later… Continue Reading “Fruit and vegetable consumption may help reduce the prevalence of psychological distress”

Depression and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older adults living at northern latitudes

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders and is recognised as a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Depressive symptoms are prevalent in approximately 15% of community-dwelling older persons, with major depressive disorder prevalent in 1-5% of adults 65 years… Continue Reading “Depression and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older adults living at northern latitudes”

Healthy and Unhealthy Dietary Patterns Are Related to Depression: A Case-Control Study

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability around the world. Depression, based on WHO report, is the fourth most common global burden of all diseases, which might turn into the second most common global burden by the year 2020. Major depression contains… Continue Reading “Healthy and Unhealthy Dietary Patterns Are Related to Depression: A Case-Control Study”

Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is a new diagnostic term for obesity

Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is a new diagnostic term for obesity that explicitly identifies a chronic disease, alludes to a precise pathophysiological basis, and avoids the stigmata and confusion related to the differential use and multiple meanings of the term “obesity”. Key elements to… Continue Reading “Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease (ABCD) is a new diagnostic term for obesity”

Hola from Barcelona

Hola from Barcelona. I’m very excited as I presented a plenary session on nutritional medicine and cardiovascular disease at an international congress to people from over 50 countries. A truly international conference. One of the peaks of my career. I would like to thank… Continue Reading “Hola from Barcelona”

Apple intake is inversely associated with all-cause and disease-specific mortality in elderly women

Higher fruit intake is associated with lower risk of all-cause and disease-specific mortality. However, data on individual fruits are limited, and the generalisability of these findings to the elderly remains uncertain. The objective of this study was to examine the association of apple intake… Continue Reading “Apple intake is inversely associated with all-cause and disease-specific mortality in elderly women”

World Thrombosis Day

Recognised on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) (http://www.worldthrombosisday.org/) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease of thrombosis. With hundreds of educational events in countries around the world, World Thrombosis Day and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an… Continue Reading “World Thrombosis Day”

National Nutrition Week 2015 – Pick Right. Feel Bright!

National Nutrition Week 2015 (11-17 October 2015) is all about getting all Australians to enjoy more fruit and vegetables every day with Pick Right. Feel Bright! Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the easiest things we… Continue Reading “National Nutrition Week 2015 – Pick Right. Feel Bright!”

The FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods

The FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods Action expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year   Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today… Continue Reading “The FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods”

The effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on fibrin and thrombin generation in healthy subjects and subjects with cardiovascular disease.

Hypercoagulability plays a key role in the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake has been inversely related to the risk of cardiovascular events, the mechanisms are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the… Continue Reading “The effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on fibrin and thrombin generation in healthy subjects and subjects with cardiovascular disease.”