Brain health

Important insight on the brain-body connection

April 22, 2019

A study conducted by University of Arkansas researchers reveals that neurons in the motor cortex of the brain exhibit an unexpected division of labor, a finding that could help scientists understand how the brain controls the body and provide insight on certain neurological disorders. The researchers studied the neurons in the motor cortex of rats […]

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Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of autism spectrum disorder

April 7, 2019

Exposure to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in the first year of life is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with infants of women without such exposure, finds a study published in The BMJ today. The researchers say their findings support efforts to prevent exposure to […]

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Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

April 7, 2019

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, noninvasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which individuals become forgetful, reports a newly published Northwestern Medicine study. Scientists detected these vascular changes in the human eye non-invasively, with an infrared camera and without the need […]

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A nutty solution for improving brain health

March 25, 2019

Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people according to new research from the University of South Australia. In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including […]

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Does Food Impact Memory?

February 8, 2019

You may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory? Auriel Willette, assistant professor, and his team of researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition discovered a satiety hormone that, at higher levels, could decrease a […]

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This is how the brain forgets on purpose

September 13, 2018

Researchers from Ruhr-Universit?t Bochum and the University Hospital of Gie?en and Marburg, in collaboration with colleagues from Bonn, the Netherlands, and the UK, have analysed what happens in the brain when humans want to voluntarily forget something. They identified two areas of the brain — the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus — whose activity patterns […]

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Alzheimer’s disease risk impacted by the liver, diet

July 25, 2018

Reduced levels of plasmalogens — a class of lipids created in the liver that are integral to cell membranes in the brain — are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to new research presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 by Mitchel A. Kling, MD, an associate professor […]

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Polyphenols from blueberry and grape extracts prevent age-related memory decline

July 25, 2018

A?newly published study?in the?Journals of Gerontology?has found that a six-month supplementation with Neurophenol?, ?a polyphenol-rich extract of blueberry and grape, improved episodic memory in healthy older adults. The potentially groundbreaking results from researchers at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) in?Canada?and the University of?Bordeaux?in?France?demonstrated an improvement of eight years of cognitive age in […]

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