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There is no need for an upper limit of folate intake, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Coeliac UK, the charity for people with coeliac disease, said the decision by the Department of Health and Social Care to retain access to gluten-free breads and flour mixes on prescription in England is a positive outcome for people with coeliac disease, and recognises the need for this important ongoing support in managing a lifelong autoimmune disease.

Slowing down the speed at which you eat, along with cutting out after dinner snacks and not eating within two hours of going to sleep may all help to shed the pounds, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Both acute and chronic forms of undernutrition in the preschool years are associated with hearing impairment later in life.

Study underscores importance of dietary folic acid for pregnant women and those who could become pregnant.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire has found that gluten-free foods generally do not offer healthier alternatives to regular food and is considerably more expensive.

A major study shows that 50% of women aged 18 and over in the UK have incorporated foods such as oily fish, nuts, seeds and dairy products into their diet to improve health. This compares to 41% of men.

Probiotics taken during pregnancy might help lower the risks of pre-eclampsia and premature birth, suggests observational research in the online journal BMJ Open. But timing may be crucial, the findings indicate.

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University of Hertfordshire researchers have been trialling a new approach to help the public easily identify which wholegrain foods are healthiest. Currently there is no national or international definition of what a wholegrain food is, leading to some foods containing high levels of fat or sugar being labelled as wholegrain, particularly breakfast cereals, and appearing to be healthier than they are.

Planning is taking place around the country in NHS Trusts and care homes with a view to holding events to promote their good practices and key messages on food and drink for those they care for.

An analysis of published studies indicates that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals. The findings, which are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggest that a diet emphasising primarily plant-based foods – such as fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, and nuts – may help keep people healthy and independent as they age.

The NHS is taking action on sugar, with almost two thirds of NHS trusts now signed up to a voluntary scheme to reduce sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less of sold beverages. Some NHS Trusts have gone further and have introduced their own bans on sugary drinks. As well as hospitals, 14 national suppliers have signed up to the voluntary scheme, including WH Smith, Marks & Spencer, Greggs and the Royal Voluntary Service.

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