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2010-05-27 09:14:52

The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. Alcohol consumption in early pregnancy increases levels of a little-known lipid called ceramide, significantly increasing suicide among cells critical to skull and brain formation, Dr. Erhard Bieberich, biochemist in the MCG Schools...

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2010-01-04 10:10:00

New epigenetic study in the FASEB Journal shows a link between maternal diet and brain development in gestating mice If you're pregnant and looking for an excuse to eat bacon and eggs, now you've got one: a new research study published in the January 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal by a team of University of North Carolina researchers shows that choline plays a critical role in helping fetal brains develop regions associated with memory. Choline is found in meats, including pork, as...

2009-08-17 17:29:58

A U.S. dietitian says only one American in 10 is meeting guidelines for the vital nutrient choline. Elizabeth Ward, a registered dietitian and author of the book, Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy, suggests eating a balanced diet rich in foods that contain choline -- such as eggs, lean beef, salmon, cauliflower, milk and peanut butter. Most people don't know how important choline is for their bodies, or how easy it is to get the choline you...

2009-08-12 07:45:00

Research published online in the journal Epidemiology found that higher levels of total blood choline are associated with a 2.5-fold reduction in risk for neural tube birth defects (NTDs).(1) NTDs are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, and the two most common NTDs are spina bifida and anencephaly. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 3,000 pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by NTDs each year.(2,3) This study adds to the growing body of evidence...

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2009-06-23 05:15:00

Doctors are searching for new ways to protect unborn babies from the dangerous health impacts caused by a drinking mother. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 12 percent of pregnant mothers drink at some point during pregnancy, while about 2 percent admit to binge drinking. Drinking during pregnancy can result in adverse affects on a child's brain. It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which is the largest preventable cause of mental retardation among children....

2009-04-09 07:45:00

NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Drs. Timothy Salthouse and Eric R. Braverman, the effects of the brain's cognitive abilities become less effective as early as our mid-twenties. A recent study by Dr. Timothy Salthouse, a University of Virginia professor of psychology and the study's lead investigator, shows that people lose their full capacity to make rapid comparisons, remember unrelated information, and detect relationships. Dr. Eric R. Braverman, author of the New York...

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2008-12-16 11:14:20

Eggs contribute insignificant risk to heart disease A study recently published online in the journal Risk Analysis (1) estimates that eating one egg per day is responsible for less than 1 percent of the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in healthy adults. Alternatively, lifestyle factors including poor diet, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity contribute 30 to 40 percent of heart disease risk, depending on gender. This study adds to more than thirty years of research showing that...

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2008-12-01 17:10:00

A stunning discovery based on epigenetics (the inheritance of propensities acquired in the womb) reveals that consuming choline"”a nutrient found in eggs and other foods"”during pregnancy may significantly affect breast cancer outcomes for a mother's offspring. This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect...

2008-09-08 12:00:28

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark its 50th anniversary, Post Alpha-Bits cereal is introducing a great way for kids to start smart with breakfast. The cereal parents and kids alike have enjoyed for half-a-century provides beneficial nutrients, iron, zinc and choline that help support healthy brain development. Iron helps deliver oxygen to the brain and body, zinc helps brain and body cells grow and develop, and choline helps the brain send messages. "Good nutrition is...

2008-07-02 16:05:03

MIT researchers offer tantalizing evidence on how to make people smarter, naturally New research findings published online in The FASEB Journal provide more evidence that if we get smart about what we eat, our intelligence can improve. According to MIT scientists, dietary nutrients found in a wide range of foods from infant formula to eggs increase brain synapses and improve cognitive abilities. "I hope human brains will, like those of experimental animals, respond to this kind of treatment...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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