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Mother’s High-fat Diet Can Cause Brain Damage In Unborn Child

When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks, Medical University of Vienna researchers report. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. […]

RhoA: Protein Pulls The Brake On Growth Of Axons

A protein that regulates the growth of axons by pulling a brake has been identified by scientists from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Their findings[1] could one day help to develop new approaches for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. Neurons transmit electrical signals in a clearly defined direction – they are said […]

Brain Networks More Stable In Individuals With Higher Cognitive Abilities

The brains of more intelligent individuals are characterized by temporally more stable interactions in neural networks, a recent study finds[1]. Various theories have been proposed to explain the differences in individuals’ cognitive abilities, including neurobiological models. For instance, it has been proposed that more intelligent individuals make stronger use of certain brain areas, that their […]

Habitual Tea Drinking Contributes Positively To Brain Structure

A new study looks at the effects of tea drinking on the brain[1]. Researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role of tea drinking on brain organization. “Tea has been a popular beverage since antiquity, with […]