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Here are three research titbits that pique my interest this week.  Firstly, John Hopkins researchers found a link between mental illness and yeast infections.  Further research from Washington University paints fructose in a negative light, this time for the impact on foetuses.   And finally, for anyone sitting exams soon, research from Japan found that daily probiotics reduced pre-exam stress markers.

Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness

Researchers from John Hopkins University School of Medicine published research in Nature that looked at Candida albicans in patients with mental illnesses.  An association was found between Candida infections, schizophrenia and bipolar.  The assistance professor Emily Severance, Ph.D. said the research was at an early stage, “However, most Candida infections can be treated in their early stages, and clinicians should make it a point to look out for these infections in their patients with mental illness”.  Read more.

Poor fetal, maternal outcomes linked to high-fructose diet in pregnancy

Research published in Nature assessed the impact of a maternal diet high in fructose in mice on the offspring.  Smaller foetuses were seen, with raised triglycerides and uric acid.  Blood samples from a number of women at the time of delivery, were found to correlate with the mouse results.  Dr. Moley explained, “The body tries to compensate for the small growth in utero, These babies can become kids and then adults struggling with obesity and other health problems.”  Read more.

Probiotics mitigate stress in medical students at exam time

Research published in the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology looked at the impact of consuming daily probiotics in the typically stressful period leading up to exams.  Stress is biochemically characterised by raised cortisol levels.  The researcher Miyazaki said that probiotics, “dampened the rise in salivary cortisol”.  Read more.

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