Children who eat lunch score 18 percent higher in reading tests new ESMT Berlin study shows (NEW!)

The powerful connection between nutrition and education has been revealed by new research from ESMT Berlin. Primary school children who attended a public free lunch program over an extended period were shown to have significantly better learning outcomes. According to the study, children with up...

Clues in Otago research as to changes in babies’ brain formation in obese mothers (NEW!)

University of Otago researchers have discovered a clue as to why there are changes in the way babies' brains are formed in mothers who are obese during pregnancy, which can potentially lead to an elevated risk of mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.

Brain myelination study in healthy infants (NEW!)

In March 2017, Wyeth Nutrition, in collaboration with the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) in Lausanne, began a nutritional intervention clinical trial in healthy babies to study the effect of myelin-relevant nutrients on cognitive development in the first 24 months of life. The information generated...

Good nutrition could protect children from cognitive difficulties caused by early-life stress (NEW!)

Good nutrition in early life may protect against stress-induced changes in brain development in young mice, according to data presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Glasgow. The study findings suggests that a nutrient-rich diet may have protective effects on brain...

Regular omega-3 intake during pregnancy could boost baby brain and vision

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating omega-3 rich fatty fish during pregnancy, say researchers from Finland. 

Weight before pregnancy linked with children's neurodevelopment (NEW!)

A recent Obesity Reviews analysis of published studies found that, compared with children of normal weight mothers, children whose mothers were overweight or obese prior to pregnancy had 17% and 51% increased risks for compromised neurodevelopmental outcomes, respectively.

Which targeted nutritional approaches can bolster micro-preemies' brain development?

The volume of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and calories consumed by very vulnerable preemies significantly contributes to increased brain volume and white matter development, however additional research is needed to determine specific nutritional approaches that best support these infants'...
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Early Life Nutrition May Influence Developmental Myelination and Cognition

Previous studies have shown both the differences in myelination between exclusively breastfed and exclusively formula-fed infants. This  milestone publication also looks at how the varying...

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Phospholipids and HMOs in brain development and executive function

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Can high vitamin C intake decrease the chances of developing gestational blood sugar issues? (NEW!)

Research in China found that pregnant women who had higher dietary vitamin C consumption also had lower odds of developing gestational diabetes.