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How Healthy Is a Vegan Mom's Breast Milk?

How Healthy Is a Vegan Mom`s Breast Milk?WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vegan moms can breastfeed their children and not worry that their breast milk is missing essential nutrients, a new study finds. Researchers from Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands tested the milk of vegan mothers, finding it contains sufficient levels of vitamin B2 and carnitine. “The maternal diet greatly influences the nutritional composition of human milk, which is important for child development. With the rise of vegan diets worldwide, also by lactating mothers, there are concerns about the nutritional adequacy of their milk," said lead researcher Dr. Hannah Juncker. "Therefore, it would be important to know if the milk concentrations of those nutrients are different in lactating women consuming a vegan diet,” she...

Talking to Your Toddler Could Bring Real Benefits to...

16 May 2023
Talking to Your Toddler Could Bring Real Benefits to Their BrainTUESDAY, May 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When parents talk to their toddlers, they are not only teaching them words, but may be shaping their developing brains, too, a new study suggests.Researchers found that toddlers whose parents spent a lot of time talking to them day to day showed a particular brain characteristic: a greater concentration of myelin in language-related parts of the brain.Myelin is a protective layer of protein and fat that wraps around nerve fibers in the brain, helping to speed the transmission of electrical signals through them.The new findings suggest that when toddlers are exposed to more chat, their brains accumulate myelin more rapidly than youngsters who hear fewer words."Myelination of the brain is really important, as it makes communication between brain...

Almost All TikTok Videos About Vaping Promote It

16 May 2023
Almost All TikTok Videos About Vaping Promote ItTUESDAY, May 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- TikTok content overwhelmingly promotes vaping, putting young users at potential risk of e-cigarette use, according to researchers in Australia.The popular social media platform's own policies on promoting e-cigarette use are often violated, their new study shows.“Our study explored how e-cigarettes are promoted on TikTok, to assess the effectiveness of the platform’s own ‘drugs, controlled substances, alcohol and tobacco policy,'" said researcher Jonine Jancey, of the Curtin School of Population Health in Perth. “The sheer amount of potentially harmful content being fed to young people on TikTok shows self-regulation is failing.”The findings show the dangers of letting social media platforms create and enforce their own content...

Who's More Easily Distracted, the Young or the Old?

16 May 2023
Who`s More Easily Distracted, the Young or the Old?TUESDAY, May 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are more easily distracted than younger folks, especially if they’re also physically exerting themselves, according to new research. “Our results suggest that older adults might have heightened distractibility,” said study co-author Lilian Azer, a graduate student from the University of California, Riverside.For the study, the researchers assessed the interaction between physical exertion — such as driving a car or carrying in the groceries — and short-term memory performance when distractors were also in play and when they weren’t.“Action and cognition, which interact often in daily life, are sensitive to the effects of aging,” Azer said in a university news release. “Our study found that in comparison to younger...

Marijuana Can Affect Fetal Development, Even If Used Early in Pregnancy

16 May 2023
Marijuana Can Affect Fetal Development, Even If Used Early in PregnancyTUESDAY, May 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As recreational marijuana use rises, some dispensaries are recommending it as a remedy for morning sickness, but new research warns that using it during pregnancy may significantly affect fetal growth.While fetal exposure to cannabis in early pregnancy can reduce birth weight, those effects can become more severe if use continues throughout the pregnancy, according to researchers at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.“We show that even when marijuana use occurred only in the first trimester of pregnancy, birth weight was significantly reduced, by more than 150 grams (5.3 ounces) on average,” said senior study author Dr. Beth Bailey, a professor and director of population health research. “If that use continued into the...

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