Preliminary report on dietary guidelines emphasizes need for healthy eating habits

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, praised new recommendations issued this week for the next update of federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report, released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), will inform the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) as they craft the new guidelines, […]

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How to prioritize healthy behaviors to support kids’ physical and mental health

As cities and states across the country enact phased guidelines to re-open, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, encourages parents and caregivers to consider the same concept for re-prioritizing healthy routines that influence both immediate and long-term health. “During this unprecedented time, parents and caregivers have been the primary […]

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Why are young, healthy people dying from COVID-19? Genes may reveal the answer.

—What are coronavirus symptoms? —How deadly is the new coronavirus? —Is there a cure for COVID-19? —How does coronavirus compare with seasonal flu? —How does the coronavirus spread? —Can people spread the coronavirus after they recover? Young, healthy people are dying of COVID-19 infections, even if most serious cases occur in the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Now, scientists […]

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The brain may need iron for healthy cognitive development

Iron levels in brain tissue rise during development and are correlated with cognitive abilities, according to research in children and young adults recently published in JNeurosci. Future work could lead to iron supplementation as an intervention for atypical cognitive development. Brain cells stay healthy in part by storing iron. It is most concentrated in the basal ganglia, a brain region […]

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