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How are sleep and good nutrition linked?

Dr Dominque Condo, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian at Geelong Cats football club, talks about the latest research for Sleep Awareness Week. Dr Condo, along with colleagues at Deakin University, Associate Professor Brad Aisbett and Dr Severine Lamon, reviewed the evidence linking the potential effects of sleep … Continue reading

Interested in a career in research? Dr Katherine Livingstone shares her research pathway

Dr Katherine Livingstone is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University. Watch a video of Katherine sharing her “Research Pathway in a Minute” here. Life before PhD When I was 8 my family and I moved to The Netherlands, where I lived until I … Continue reading

My visit to the National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam

Guest blog by Nicole Biggs, Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences and Alfred Deakin Medallist on her visit to the  National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam funded by Australian Nutrition Trust Fund.   Three weeks packed full of screaming babies, endless eating, motorbike rides and gorgeous people The work: I spent the majority of my … Continue reading

Can multivitamins combat stress?

To take a multivitamin or not to take a multivitamin? That is the question. In recent years there have been mixed messages around whether it is worthwhile for healthy people to take additional dietary supplements. Dietitians tend to advocate a diet filled with fruits and vegetables before reaching for the supplement bottle. Medical clinicians have … Continue reading

Energy drinks and adverse cardiovascular health effects: should we be worried?

We may turn to energy drinks for a quick-fix energy boost, but could these drinks be harmful to the health of our heart? New research suggests that drinking more than two energy drinks per day could lead to heart palpitations in otherwise healthy young adults. This could have serious implications for our overall cardiovascular health. … Continue reading

The key patterns of long-term health

One of the largest ever scientific reviews looking at associations between food and beverages and the risk of diet-related disease has reinforced the fundamental nutrition keys to good health. Diet plays a big part in health. As the typical western diet moved to more overly refined and energy dense foods, rates of obesity and type … Continue reading

Is there anything to fear from acrylamide in food?

You may have seen some recent press over a Food Standards Australian and New Zealand survey of acrylamide levels in our food supply. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms naturally when certain starchy foods are cooked and is part of the reaction that causes food to brown. Foods such as potato chips, bread, some breakfast … Continue reading

From little things, big things grow

Every year Deakin Master of Dietetics students venture out into the community setting to experience what working in community nutrition or public health nutrition would be like. HSN745 Community Nutrition is the unit of study that the students undertake in their final year of their 18-month course. The students venture out far and wide for … Continue reading

Lifestyle keys to preventing bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is one form of cancer where diet and lifestyle choices play a big part in determining a person’s risk of being diagnosed with it. Medical researchers have now put some hard numbers to how much this cancer can be prevented by following specific lifestyle recommendations. Bowel cancer (also called colorectal or colon cancer) … Continue reading

Food fortification with vitamin D: a public health issue for Australians

With vitamin D deficiency now firmly on the public health radar in Australia, health experts are now discussing the merits of supplementing the food supply with this ‘sunshine vitamin’. Vitamin D is important in maintaining calcium and phosphate balance in the body, which impacts on bone health and muscle function. Severe vitamin D deficiency causes … Continue reading

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