Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition

A new study has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened versions during pregnancy also appeared to have negative effects. However, children’s fruit consumption had beneficial effects and was associated with higher cognitive scores.

Source: Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition — ScienceDaily

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Seven-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation

Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study.

Source: Seven-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation — ScienceDaily

Bilingualism could offset brain changes in Alzheimer’s: A study sheds light on how language history relates to brain plasticity

After more than a decade of research, this much we know: it’s good for your brain to know another language. A new study goes further, however, focusing specifically on the effects of knowing a second language for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

Source: Bilingualism could offset brain changes in Alzheimer’s: A study sheds light on how language history relates to brain plasticity — ScienceDaily