Top 5 Neuroscience Discoveries of the Week – September 3, 2023

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Summary: This week in neuroscience, we’ve seen groundbreaking advancements ranging from a diet that can potentially extend lifespan without calorie restriction, to a new drug that could revolutionize obesity treatment.

Bilingualism has been shown to offer cognitive benefits, while a new mouse model has provided key insights into schizophrenia. Finally, a special baby formula has been found to boost children’s IQ and executive functions significantly.

Source: Neuroscience News

Welcome to another weekly roundup of the top 5 neuroscience breakthroughs we’ve covered this week.

These are the articles that have had our Neuroscience News community buzzing, both on the website and our social media platforms this week.

#5: The Secret to Aging Gracefully? Simple Dietary Changes, Not Just Cutting Calories

A groundbreaking study indicates that shifting from glucose-rich to galactose-based diets can produce molecular markers of healthy aging.

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Conducted in yeast cells, which share numerous cellular mechanisms with humans, the research challenges the prevailing idea that only calorie restriction can extend lifespan.

#4: Brain’s Weight Switch Found: Eat What You Want, Lose Weight With New Treatment

Scientists have identified astrocytes, star-shaped brain cells, as pivotal in controlling obesity by acting on the GABRA5 cluster of neurons.

The novel drug, KDS2010, has been shown to stimulate weight loss in obese mice without impacting their high-fat diet or food consumption, presenting a revolutionary avenue in obesity treatment.

#3: Bilingual Brain Boost: How Knowing Two Languages Enhances Memory and Prediction

Research shows that bilingual individuals benefit from enhanced memory retention and improved word prediction skills.

This is because the brain constantly selects from a larger vocabulary pool in two languages, leading to heightened cognitive functions.

#2: Gene Mutation Sheds Light on Schizophrenia Mysteries

A newly developed mouse model carrying a mutation in the Grin2a gene has yielded crucial insights into schizophrenia.

This model confirms the roles of neurotransmitters like glutamate and dopamine in the disease, offering new therapeutic opportunities.

#1: Breast Milk Alternative Boosts IQ and Executive Function in Kids

A new study reveals that infant formula enriched with milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) and lactoferrin can significantly improve children’s IQ and executive functions.

After a year of supplementation, children’s IQ increased by 5 points at the age of 5 ½, particularly in areas like speed of processing information and visual-spatial skills.

That wraps up this week’s top 5 Neuroscience News article update.

Remember to visit us often for all the latest research news in neuroscience, AI, cognitive sciences, and mental health.

We’ll see you again next Sunday. Until then, have a great week!

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