highlight of the week

Highlight of the Week

A systematic review of 23 studies examining women’s dietary changes before and during pregnancy without intervention found that a majority reported a significant increase in fruit and vegetable consumption, and decreased egg, coffee, tea, fried and fast food intake. The authors suggest that the results may help midwives and intervention developers to build on interventions, however they recommend further research is needed regarding who makes these healthy changes, as well as improved consistency regarding measurement tools, outcomes and time points.

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Roel Vaessen, Secretary General of ISIC, comments on IARC's review of coffee, which found no clear association between coffee intake and cancer at any body site. IARC also stated that in some cases, there is evidence that coffee drinking may actually help reduce occurrence of certain cancers.

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What exactly happens to the brain when we sense coffee? ISIC explores the sensory experience of coffee and its physiological impact in this vodcast with Professor Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist and Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory based at the University of Oxford, and Charlene De Buysere, a world champion barista.

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ISIC hosted a satellite symposium titled “Nutrition and cognitive function” at this year's Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress. Three expert speakers explored the role nutrition can play in the risk reduction of Alzheimer’s Disease, with a particular focus on coffee consumption.

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