Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

childhood obesityNeuroscientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have made a discovery that could pave the way for the rewiring of appetite control. The researchers, whose work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, believe that their findings could facilitate the development of long-lasting solutions to eating disorders such as obesity.
The Journal of Neuroscience can be accessed via our SFX system.

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There is an excellent article in a recent copy of the BMJ investigating the link between the sports drinks industry and academia. The article succinctly outlines the meeting of science and creative marketing in what was to become the science of hydration.

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Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Learn.Genetics website is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. It is an activity-rich approach to science.

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Here are some recent publications from the Holyrood and Westminster governments, which may be useful:

Sports Studies

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2011 [PDF file]

Department for Culture, Media and Sport report, which “examines progress across the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction programme, progress with how the Government is coordinating the Olympics programme, progress with the legacy from the Games and the cost of the Games.”

Environmental and Waste Management

Demographic Change and the Environment [PDF file]

Useful report from The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, giving independent predictions of the impact of UK population change on the environment.  The Commission believes “[t]here is a relationship between the size of the population and certain basic environmental services, such as water supply and quality, energy use and waste generation”.

International Review of Behaviour Change Initiatives

 “This report, commissioned as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Behaviours Research Programme, reviews a range of behaviour change initiatives that have attempted to reduce the carbon intensity of consumption practices. It aims to enhance understandings of different approaches to behaviour change, and to explore the transferability of initiatives to the Scottish context.”

Scottish Government consultation documents: 

Consultation report on The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Regulations to Deliver Zero Waste: A Consultation on the proposed Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting them into Practice: Consultation on Draft Guidance Required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009: Scottish Government Response

 Health Sciences

Health Promotion Guidance: Nutritional Guidance for Children and Young People in Residential Care Settings

Children and Young People’s Views and Experiences of Food and Nutrition in Residential Care

 You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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Here are some recent publications from Westminster and Holyrood that may be useful:

All sciences

Research exploring the social and economic impacts of not retaining women in science and engineering.

Review into teacher education in Scotland.

Reports on visitor experience and satisfaction during visits to the four Scottish Science Centres (Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Dundee Science Centre and Satrosphere in Aberdeen).

Health sciences

  • Healthy Weight Communities – interim evaluation reports.

A full report and a report of key research findings about Healthy Weight Communities were published in January 2011.

“In June 2008 the Scottish Government announced their intention to establish pathfinder Healthy Weight Communities in a small number of areas across Scotland. This was part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living action plan and the main objective was to help them join up existing activities for greater impact, rather than generating new activity. Eight Healthy Weight Communities were selected in May 2009 and their funding continues until March 2011.”

Framework to improve the nutrition of pregnant women, babies and young children in Scotland.

Environmental Science

Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen [PDF file]

UK Government White Paper about funding for local transport: “Our vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities.”

[It is not immediately obvious which sections of this report apply to the UK, and which are England only.  Information on Scottish transport policies can be found on the Scottish Government’s transport site.]


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009-2010 [PDF file]

Includes a lengthy section about outcomes from EPSRC-funded research.

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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RealBuzz is said to be the UK’s biggest fitness and motivation site. It has information on many sports; including sections on getting started, training, nutrition, injuries, etc. There are guides to fitness (motivation, techniques, etc.), and information on healthy living (yoga, Pilates, Thai Chi, dealing with stress, etc.).

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