subject: neurodevelopment

Human Milk Makes People Smarter at Age 30

Human Milk Makes People Smarter at Age 30

Experts generally agree that consuming human milk as opposed to formula during infancy has a beneficial effect on brain development, and consequently, a beneficial effect on intelligence. Although there are swathes of studies on this topic, often the methods available to researchers are criticized—and imperfect methods make drawing firm conclusions risky. Furthermore, almost all studies in this field test intelligence during childhood and teenage years only, even though we know that cognitive functions continue to develop well into adulthood. Without data from older study participants, the field cannot be certain that people who do not receive human milk in early life don’t catch up on cognitive development later. Read More...

The Dynamic Human Milk Proteome

The Dynamic Human Milk Proteome

Babies change a great deal in six months. Beyond the obvious that they grow bigger, considerable development occurs in all aspects of the infant’s physiology and anatomy, especially the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and immune system. New technologies have enabled scientists to discover which proteins are in milk and how they change over time to support this unique developmental period. Read More...

Dairy Consumption Linked to Better Brain Health

Dairy Consumption Linked to Better Brain Health

It’s well known that milk and calcium are good for your bones, but it turns out that they might also be good for your brain. A new study suggests that dairy consumption could potentially play a role in protecting the brain from oxidative stress, a process that has been implicated both in normal aging and in many neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Read More...

Fats, Formula, and Brainy Babies

Fats, Formula, and Brainy Babies

Can infant formula be boosted to prevent formula-fed babies from missing out on the brain-stimulating ingredients of breast milk? Seeking to answer this important question, a new study found that a supplement of naturally occurring milk fats improved the brain development and certain cognitive abilities in newborn piglets. Read More...