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Friday, November 14, 2014

11/14/14 Health News: Body weight influenced by gut microbes ♦ High-fat diet postpones brain aging ♦ Children And Especially Babies Need to Eat Fish: Allergies

Why Children And Especially Babies Need to Eat Fish: Allergies
This past June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encouraged Americans to eat more fish. They pointed out that fish has lots of health benefits; not only is it a great source of protein, it’s a great source of other nutrients, including some that can help developing brains. That’s why they particularly want pregnant women and children to heed the advice. Continue reading
High-fat diet postpones brain aging in mice
New research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.Continue Reading
Body weight heavily influenced by gut microbes: Genes shape body weight by affecting gut microbes

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. This microbe also protected against weight gain when transplanted into mice. The results could pave the way for personalized probiotic therapies that are optimized to reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases based on an individual's genetic makeup.Continue Reading

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