The Unexpected Cells Helping to Shape Young Brains

Summary: During brain development, oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) contribute to the neural pruning process, helping to shape the healthy development of the brain. Source: CSHL When the brain first wires itself up in early development, it creates more connections than it actually needs. Some of these connections, or synapses, will transmit critical signals as young … Read more

Obesity May Be a Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Summary: Obesity is, in part, determined by epigenetic development in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Findings suggest developmental epigenetics plays a significant role in both environmental and genetic influences on obesity risk. Source: Baylor College of Medicine Obesity has increased rapidly in recent decades to affect more than 2 billion people, making it one … Read more

Covid vaccination tied to increase in length of menstrual cycle: NIH

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Vanessa Leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images Covid-19 vaccination is linked to a slight increase in the length of a women’s menstrual cycle, delaying the beginning … Read more

FDA redefining “healthy” food: New restrictions coming

The Food and Drug Administration is poised to add new restrictions to the use of the term “healthy” on food products. Driving the news: The agency on Wednesday announced a proposed rule that it said “would align the definition of the ‘healthy’ claim with current nutrition science,” including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Under the … Read more

Here’s what happened at the White House’s big conference on food and nutrition : NPR

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2022. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, … Read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and in Particular DHA, Are Associated With Increased Attention Scores in Adolescents

Summary: DHA consumption was associated with improved capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while ALA lowered impulsive behaviors. Source: ISGLOBAL Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with a greater capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is associated with lower impulsivity, according to a study co-led by ISGlobal, a … Read more

FDA Proposes New Rules for Packaged Foods to Qualify as ‘Healthy’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday proposed new rules for labeling packaged foods as “healthy,” as it seeks to help people make informed nutritional choices which can help lower the risk of chronic diseases. The proposed changes to food labeling come on the day of the first White House summit on hunger, … Read more