Global Health in 2015 – via Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics

This post was written by Anna Louise Barr and originally posted on the Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics blog – read more at: A review of the year’s most notable global health news stories, events and research breakthroughs, and a look towards future challenges in 2016 and beyond.

Rising risk of obesity among China’s ‘left behind children’

Some 61 million rural children left behind by parents moving to China’s booming urban centres are at risk from increased fat and reduced protein in their diets.

Poisoning among older people with dementia

The November International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Dementia and intentional and unintentional poisoning in older people: a 10 year review of hospitalization records in New South Wales, Australia” by Rebecca J.…

Can nutritional intervention delay the passage of time?

In model organisms such as yeast, worms, flies and rodents, reducing energy intake prolongs lifespan.

Struggling to make Indian Curry…. Early indication of dementia?

The September International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Discriminative power of the advanced activities of daily living (a-ADL) tool in the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment in an older population” by P.…

Watching their weight: the effect of eating, while viewing television, on childhood obesity

It’s well known that obesity in children is one of the foremost public health problems that we face today and there is compelling evidence to suggest that one of the causes of this epidemic is excess screen-based sedentary time (i.e. TV viewing).

Nutritional approaches to muscle loss in the elderly

One of the most striking changes that we associate with ageing is the increasing development of frailty, which in later years can become so debilitating that it impacts on an individual’s ability to lead an independent life.

Cocoa flavanols good for heart health

An EU-funded study published this week in British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) shows that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the ageing