Emary R. Williams

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Monkeys Raised On Omega-3-Rich Diet Have Well-Structured Brains

Eat right and you too can have a healthy monkey brain<p>You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They are a prime component of the nervous system, and cannot be made by the body--they must be consumed. But just how important are dietary omega-3 fatty acids for brain development …

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

I have to admit, I melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt.<p>It's an indulgence that we're told to resist. And I try to abide. (Stealing a bite of my daughter's YoBaby doesn't count, does it?)<p>The reason we're told to limit dairy fat seems pretty straightforward. The extra calories packed into the …

Five Vitamins and Supplements That Might Actually be Worth Taking

In the last few years, a number of studies published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> underscored a fact that scientists have become increasingly …

Birth weight is strongly affected by the mother's own diet as a child

A woman's diet in early life has more impact on her baby's birth weight than the food she eats as an adult, researchers say.<p>The surprise finding suggests that you are what your mother ate, and that a woman's diet in her adult life has less influence on her baby's health than previously thought.<p>Prof …

Eating nuts during pregnancy 'may curb allergies'

<b>Children are less likely to have a nut allergy if their mother ate nuts while pregnant, a study has concluded.</b><p>The work, published in JAMA Pediatrics, looked at the health and diets of more than 8,000 children and their mothers.<p>The US researchers believe that early exposure in the womb creates …

Right amount of fat, protein, key to babies

The early childhood diet and that of the mother during pregnancy determines the health of a child later life. One researcher hopes to drastically …

Cholesterol linked to brain changes that cause Alzheimer's disease

Reducing the amount of bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol you eat may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests<p>High levels of unhealthy cholesterol may contribute towards one of the key signs of Alzheimer’s disease developing in the brain.<p>Researchers have …

Dementia

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Talking To Babies In Their Own Language

Here’s an experiment you may have seen in real life: take a college-educated professional and put them in front of a cooing baby. All of a sudden, their erudite language turns to mush as they try to communicate with an infant.<p>Infant-directed speech, also known as motherese (or parentese for gender …

Language Learning

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New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Biodiversity History

More than 2 million plants are now online.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>There's a trove of biodiversity information out there, but much of it is locked in natural history collections. To make all this plant data more accessible, the New York Botanical Garden—one of the four largest herbariums in …

The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

<b>Listen · 4:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …