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'...

Nutrition and the infant gut microbiota (NEW!)

The infant microbiota colonization process runs in parallel with immune system maturation, affecting intestinal physiology and regulation. Accumulating evidence suggests that microbial exposition begins before birth (in utero) and continues after birth. It is shaped by mode of delivery, and...

How does the brain really work? (NEW!)

Over the last decades, epidemiological and interventional studies have shown that nutrition and some specific nutrients impact brain and cognitive development and brain health, functionally and structurally. Moreover, managing nutritional habit through specific diet has a positive impact on...

Predicting the future - new concepts in brain flexibility (NEW!)

Executive function in pre-school aged children has been shown to be a strong predictor of future academic achievement. Therefore, the ability to characterize the maturation/developmental processes of executive function during early brain development could be of paramount importance in cultivating...

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.

UNC launches new study to uncover nutritional impacts on early brain development (NEW!)

Scientists at UNC and UMN embarked on the Baby Connectome Project (BCP), a groundbreaking NIH study launched in 2016 designed to quantitatively map human brain connectivity from birth through...

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...

Stress hormone may be ‘middle man’ in gut-brain communication

The stress hormone cortisol appears to mediate the link between a common type of gut bacteria and the levels of an abundant brain metabolite, according to a recent animal study in Gut Microbes. The relationship between the abundancy of the bacterial genus Ruminococcus and brain concentration of...

Influence of Nutrition on Longitudinal Brain Development and Cognitive Growth (NEW!)

Differences in infant feeding have been shown to be linked to differences in myelination and cognitive outcomes.

The Nutricious and Delicious Brain (NEW!)

Infancy and early childhood are rapid and sensitive periods of cognitive and behavioral development. This cognitive development is mirrored by the changing brain structure, function, and connectivity and requires the orchestrated delivery of key nutrients, including lipids, minerals, vitamins,...
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The Learning Lead - Volume 5, Issue 1 2017 - The Effect of Myelin-Relevant Nutrients on Brain Myelination and Cognitive Development (NEW!)

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