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Just 5 Drinks A Week Can Damage Your Brain

Before you pour that nightly glass of beer or wine, consider this: You could be doing lasting damage to cognition and memory. So suggests new research published in The BMJ this month, which found having just four strong beers or five ...

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What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Exercise is just as good for the brain as it is for the body, a growing body of research is showing. And one kind in particular—aerobic exercise—appears to be king. “Back in the day, ...

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How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

Researchers have shed light on how CHD8 gene mutations alter brain development and impair cognitive functioning. By analyzing the brains of mice, researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called CHD8 may alter brain development and cognitive functioning to ...

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Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory, protects brain against Alzheimer's

The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that ...

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Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence ...

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How brain circuits govern hunger and cravings

The urge to satisfy hunger is a primal one, but — as any dieter knows — choices about when and what to eat can be influenced by cues in the environment, not just how long it’s been since breakfast. The ...

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Predicting autism: Study links infant brain connections to diagnoses at age two

For the first time, autism researchers used MRIs of six-month olds to show how brain regions are connected and synchronized, and then predict which babies at high risk of developing autism would be diagnosed with the condition at age two. ...

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Study shows differences in brain activity between men, women who are obese

A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating. Researchers from UCLA found that women who are ...

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In children with severe heart defect, more brain abnormalities appear as staged surgeries progress

As children with single-ventricle disease, a complex and severe heart defect, undergo a series of three reconstructive surgeries, pediatric researchers have detected higher rates of brain abnormalities at each stage. The scientists also found associated changes in the infants’ cerebral ...

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The Simple Reason Exercise Enhances Your Brain

This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Evidence keeps mounting that exercise is good for the brain. It can lower a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and may even slow brain aging by about 10 years. Now, new research helps illuminate ...

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