April Research Roundup

17 April 2024 by Leanne Scott

April Research Roundup

Latest Health Research News

Here is your round up of the latest health research news from around the world.  Our monthly research round ups are compiled by Lead Instructor and Program Director Leanne Scott, FNTP

Exercise doesn’t cancel the effects of sugar consumption

A recent study following 100,000 participants for 30 years found that physical activity does not counteract the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) conferred by consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

The data indicate that people who consume more than 2 SSBs a week have a higher risk of CVD regardless of physical activity level. The risk of CVD was even higher with daily consumption of SSBs.

You truly can’t supplement or exercise yourself out of a bad diet.

The Impact of TV and screens on babies and toddlers
A new study found that television and digital media exposure negatively affected sensory processing and engagement with the physical world in babies and toddlers.

Children who’d spent the most time in front of screens by their second birthday were less sensitive and slower to respond to stimuli, less interested in activities, and more likely to develop several atypical sensory processing behaviors.

This adds to an already robust body of evidence linking excessive screen time in babies and toddlers to language delay, autism spectrum disorder, behavioral issues, sleep struggles, attention problems, and problem-solving delays. Read the study here.

Disruption to the microbiome of skin contributes to wrinkles

A study at the University of California San Diego using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing found that disruptions to the skin microbiome increase the risk of skin wrinkling.

Just as unhealthy gut microbiota causes “leaky gut,” changes to the skin microbiome lead to “leaky skin,” which in turn triggers inflammation, reduces skin elasticity and hydration, and provokes several other mechanisms that lead to wrinkles.

The health of the skin is often a reflection of the health of the gut. A nutrient dense whole food diet in combination with reducing stressors and avoiding toxic chemicals in personal care products can make a profound shift in the quality of our skin

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Leanne Scott

Leanne is a Board Certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Director of NTA Australia/NewZealand. She hopes to transform the health of future generations through loving support and self empowerment. Find Leanne at