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Nutrition has Benefits for Brain Network Organization

The study of 99 healthy older adults, recruited through Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, compared patterns of fatty acid nutrients found in blood samples, functional MRI data that measured the efficiency of brain networks, and results of a general intelligence test. The study was published in the journal NeuroImage. "Our goal is

Caffeine Tempers Taste Triggering Temptation for Sweets

Caffeine is a powerful antagonist of adenosine receptors, which promote relaxation and sleepiness. Suppressing the receptors awakens people but decreases their ability to taste sweetness -- which, ironically, may make them desire it more. The research demonstrates taste modulation in the real world, said senior author Robin Dando, assistant professor of

Poor Appetite and Food Intake in Older Adults

Strategies to improve our appetites as we age include reducing portion size, increasing meal frequency, and using flavor enhancers. Until recently, however, these options have not proven to improve food intake or quality of life for older people. That's part of the reason why a team of researchers designed a

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