April 26, 2012

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1 Brain Scans Might Predict Weight Gain

It may be possible to use brain scanning technology to predict which persons will be most likely to gain weight in the future, and who may thus want to take preventive measures. In an experiment at Dartmouth reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, 48 female students were given functional magnetic resonance scans while viewing pictures of food, while the activity in one of their brain's suspected reward-and-pleasure centers, the nucleus accumbens, was monitored. The women whose scans indicated the most activity were more likely to gain weight over the ensuing six months than those whose scans showed no reaction. Similarly, women whose scans showed heightened activity when they viewed photos of people engaged in sex were more likely to have sex within six months.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Brain Scans Show Autism at 6 Months

Tags: Brain Scans, Brain Scans and Obesity, Brain Scans and Eating, Brain Scans and Sex, Predicting Weight Problems, Food and Pleasure, Food and the Brain

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Berries on the Brain

2 Study Shows Berries Delay Cognitive Decline

A study involving over 16,000 women found that those who consumed the highest amount of blueberries and strawberries delayed cognitive aging by as much as 2.5 years. The study began in 1980 in which dietary information was obtained every four years, with cognitive function tests every two years from 1995 until 2001 when the women were over 70. Researchers hypothesize that the flavonoids in berries, particularly anthocyanidins, which are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier play a role. They are found in parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning, two components of cognition. While a cause-and-effect relationship was not proven, a previous study conducted by researchers at Harvard found that men who eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Chokeberry Extract Controls Weight, Blood Sugar, Apples and Blueberries Lower Risk of Diabetes

Tags: Blood-Brain Barrier, Blueberries, Brain Health, Cognitive Decline, Flavonoids, Strawberries, Cognitive Aging, Anthocyanidins

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