Do your genes determine whether coffee is good or bad for you?

  The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for June is from the British Journal of Nutrition and is entitled  ‘Postprandial glycaemic and lipaemic responses to chronic coffee consumption may be modulated by CYP1A2 polymorphisms’.…


Where There Is No Psychiatrist

The newly published second edition of Where There is No Psychiatrist is a practical manual of mental health care for community health workers, primary care nurses, social workers and primary care doctors, particularly in low-resource settings. Authors Vikram Patel and Charlotte Hanlon discuss the importance of this manual below.


1 in 9 young adults report having attempted suicide and 1 in 6 report self-harm, according to research

11.3% of young people report having attempted suicide and 16.2% report self-harm at some stage in their lives, according to a new study led by the University of Glasgow and published in BJPsych Open.…


Understanding takeaway food consumers – what evidence can we take away?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for May is from the Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘Determinants of takeaway and fast food consumption: a narrative review’. Authors: Hayley G. Janssen, Ian G. Davies, Lucinda D. Richardson and Leonard Stevenson.


A definition of free sugars for the UK

As a nation, we are eating too much sugar. Consuming too many foods and drinks high in sugar can lead to weight gain and related health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.


Involuntary psychiatric admissions have increased significantly in Ontario: study

Involuntary psychiatric hospital admissions have increased steadily from 70.7 per cent of all psychiatric admissions in 2009 to 77.1 per cent in 2013. In a new study published in BJPsych Open, researchers found nearly three-quarters of all psychiatric hospital admissions in Ontario are involuntary.


Are All Conflicts Alike?

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight: 'Source of bias in sugar-sweetened beverage research: a systematic review' Authors: Ethan A Litman, Steven L Gortmaker, Cara B Ebbeling and David S Ludwig.


UK Biobank gives unparalleled potential for future biomedical research in mental health

Until now, UK Biobank, a health data resource aiming to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not, had limited mental health data to work with. Following 157,366 responses to an online mental health questionnaire (MHQ) developed by researchers from King’s College London, alongside collaborators from across the UK, it now has unparalleled potential for further biomedical research in mental health, dramatically expanding potential research into mental disorders. The findings have been published in BJPsych Open.


Assessing the Impact of a Natural Disaster on WIC Providers

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight: 'Superstorm Sandy’s impact on the provision of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) services in New York State' Authors: Michelle Wemette, Asante Shipp Hilts, Stephanie R Mack, Yunshu Li, Millicent Eidson, Loretta A Santilli, Trang Nguyen and Guthrie S Birkhead discuss their research below.


Rarely reported, widely distributed, and unexpectedly diverse: Molecular characterization of mermithid nematodes infecting bumble bees in the United States.

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘Rarely reported, widely distributed, and unexpectedly diverse: Molecular characterization of mermithid nematodes infecting bumble bees in the United States’ by Amber D.…


Personality Neuroscience – A New Journal from Cambridge University Press

Personality Neuroscience is inspired by the major developments in cognitive neuroscience that have taken place over the past decades, especially those that have revealed the considerable inter-individual variability in relationships between neural circuits and behaviour.…


All hyped up about CRISPR/Cas9 in apicomplexan parasites

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘New and emerging uses of CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically manipulate apicomplexan parasites’ by Manlio Di Cristina and Vern B.…