Brain Nutrients: Where & How They Work Together to Support Cognitive Development and Learning (NEW!)

Reviewed key nutrients that support cognitive development and their effects in the brain can occur together in the same brain region or be more widespread.

Swat team of immune cells found in mother's milk (NEW!)

Immune cells that are ready to take action against invaders like bacteria have been found in women's breast milk, researchers say. They say the presence of this SWAT team of immune cells called innate lymphoid cells, or ILCs, in human breast milk is more evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding.

Short term, the ILCs in breast milk may help protect newborns from infection, and longer term help babies develop their own protective immune system, they report in JAMA Pediatrics.

Influence of Nutrition on Longitudinal Brain Development and Cognitive Growth (NEW!)

Differences in infant feeding have been shown to be linked to differences in myelination and cognitive outcomes.

Nourishing A Healthy Brain: What Nutrients Do Infants Need Now?

Reviewed the association of specific lipids and phospholipids with neurodevelopmental outcomes, and advances and future research in infant nutrition.

Healthcare professionals were hosted to successful workshops on Achieving Developmental Milestones (NEW!)

Workshop: Achieving Developmental Milestone Training (Lagos. May, 2017)
Pediatricians & other healthcare professionals participated in a capacity building workshop hosted by Wyeth Nutrition Science Centre Africa, with trainings focused on basic knowledge & skills of Surveillance, Screening & Assessment of developmental progress during infancy.

A Machine Learning Approach To Automated Structural Network Analysis: Application To Neonatal Encephalopathy (NEW!)

Reported the methodology of standard machine learning algorithms which offers a novel tool to evaluate neonates at risk of neurological deficit.

Everyone's talking about human milk oligosaccharides (NEW!)

The early-life gut microbiome is important for the development of immune competence in newborn infants. Mode of delivery, perinatal antibiotic use and diet are most influential to this end. Breastfeeding is associated with lower risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, and possibly lower risk of diabetes and obesity, while the effect on allergies is not so clear. This suggests that breast milk-specific components may contribute. Among them are the non-digestible human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), the third largest solid breast milk component that varies primarily due to the maternal genotype for the Secretor and Lewis genes and stage of lactation. Other milk oligosaccharides are also relevant here.

How does the brain really work? (NEW!)

Over the last decades, epidemiological and interventional studies have shown that nutrition and some specific nutrients impact brain and cognitive development and brain health, functionally and structurally. Moreover, managing nutritional habit through specific diet has a positive impact on health. Some specific nutrients, such as the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have also been shown to promote brain development and support cognitive function during aging. However, our understanding of how nutrition affects brain function remains very limited.

Lutein and Brain Function (NEW!)

Reviewed association of lutein with retina and brain function, and approaches that can be used to localize brain lutein to assess the association.

Brain myelination study in healthy infants (NEW!)

In March 2017, Wyeth Nutrition, in collaboration with the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) in Lausanne, began a nutritional intervention clinical trial in healthy babies to study the effect of myelin-relevant nutrients on cognitive development in the first 24 months of life. The information generated will help better understand how nutrition impacts myelination, brain and cognitive development.

Specific Breast Milk Nutrients May Work Together To Influence Cognitive Abilities Of 6-Month-Old Infants (NEW!)

Reviewed the cohort study abstract that specific breast milk nutrients may work together to influence cognitive development and possible mechanisms.

Nutrient Fortification to Address Hidden Hunger

Topics at a recent congress on how to improve global efforts to address hidden hunger via micronutrient fortification.

NIH Blueprint For Neuroscience (NEW!)

Fact sheet on the mission, Human Connectome Project /Grand Challenges, BRAIN initiative, resource and future of NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience.

Food During The First Months Of Life Can Have A Lasting Impact On Health

Recent update on the global projects on early nutrition and long lasting health covering Nutrimenthe project, UK10K project, and META-GROWTH project.

Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to fructooligosaccharides

This opinion addresses the scientific substantiation of health claims in relation to fructooligosaccharides (FOS) from sucrose.

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Nourishing A Healthy Brain: What Nutrients Do Infants Need Now?

Reviewed the association of specific lipids and phospholipids with neurodevelopmental outcomes, and advances and future research in infant nutrition.

Documents

Synergistic Effects Of Human Milk Nutrients In The Support Of Infant Recognition Memory: An Observational Study (NEW!)

Studied relation of human milk lutein, choline and DHA with recognition memory. Nutrients Interactions appear important to predict infant cognition.

Food Consumption Patterns of Infants and Toddlers: Where Are We Now? (NEW!)

The data from FITS 2008 was compared to the data from 2002 and improvements and gaps in the diet of infants and toddlers were identified.

Resources

The Early Nutrition eAcademy (ENeA)

Outline:

  • An Introduction to Infant Formula Feeding
  • Indications for and Effects of Infant Formula Feeding
  • Types and Composition of Infant Formula
  • Correct Formula Preparation and Bottle Feeding

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

USDA United States Department of Agriculture food composition database for more than 8000 foods including all food groups and baby foods as well.