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‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child’s I.Q.

According to the study, children born to mothers who consumed 2 to 3 ounces of nuts per week during the first trimester of pregnancy typically scored higher on I.Q., memory and attention tests, compared with women who did not eat nuts. Previous research has shown that eating nuts is associated with a reduced risk of […]

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Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in grey matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified […]

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Snoring causes damage and prevents healing in the upper airway tract, reveals study

These findings are reported by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. Their on-going research focuses on the processes behind vibratory damage and healing of the upper airway tract. The data generated will help identify people at high risk of developing sleep apnoea and to find novel treatment strategies. “Besides the disturbing effects, constant snoring can be […]

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Scientists develop implantable device to treat overactive bladder

A beam of light may one day be the solution to an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence. An implant that uses LED lights to stimulate nerves has been found to restore bladder control in rats. People with bladder dysfunction experience frequent and uncontrollable urges to urinate before their bladder is full. The condition is caused […]

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Alcohol changes the molecular basis of memory formation, reveals study

Research conducted at Brown University describes how alcohol hijacks a conserved memory pathway in the brain and changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level. It is these changes that elicit the cravings that fuel alcohol addiction Alcohol addiction leads to a range of health complications, which can be fatal, including heart disease […]

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Even one workout can provide improved long-term metabolic benefits

New research in mice finds that a single workout activates a brain circuit associated with a lower appetite, lower blood sugar levels, and better metabolism. Moreover, this effect lasted for 2 days after the workout. The findings may help improve blood sugar metabolism in people with diabetes. Controlling blood sugar levels with physical activity and […]

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Sleep shrinks the brain — and that’s a good thing

Ah, to sleep, perchance… to shrink your neural connections? That’s the conclusion of new research that examined subtle changes in the brain during sleep. The researchers found that sleep provides a time when the brain’s synapses — the connections among neurons — shrink back by nearly 20 percent. During this time, the synapses rest and […]

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Researchers identify new potential biotherapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease

In a mouse model of the disease, the researchers found that a soluble version of toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) reduced the accumulation of the toxic β-amyloid (Amyloid beta) that causes the degeneration and death of neurons. The immune system plays a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the accumulation of β-amyloid aggregates […]

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: Feeling sleepy during the day could be a warning symptom of Alzheimer’s

Researchers say sleep deprivation is ‘like drinking too much’ for the brain

Lately, many studies have focused on how sleep affects the ways in which our bodies function, and especially on how it impacts the brain. Studies recently covered by Medical News Today have suggested that how much — and how well — we sleep may be key in visual learning, memory consolidation, and necessary unlearning. New […]

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