Diet

The Value of Eating a Variety of Foods during Childhood

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Sofia Vilela at the University of Porto, Portugal. Dietary recommendations from the World Health Organization include the consumption of a wide variety of foods consisting mainly from plants in preference to animals’ sources [1,2]. Eating a variety of healthy foods allows us to achieve an optimal… Continue reading The Value of Eating a Variety of Foods during Childhood

Development

The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

This is an invited research digest by Dr. Monica Ellwood-Lowe of Stanford University. A number of studies have shown that the hippocampus, a brain region that is particularly sensitive to stress, is smaller in children who grow up in homes with fewer economic and educational resources. The hippocampus is nestled deep in the brain, critical for… Continue reading The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

Sleep

Twelve Tips to Help You Get a Better Sleep

Sometimes, I struggle to fall asleep at night. I would lie in bed all night, trying to stop myself from thinking about anything specific. And during these times, there was always an impulse to get my phone and browse news or SNS. I would always have to struggle for a few minutes against this idea.… Continue reading Twelve Tips to Help You Get a Better Sleep

Exercise

Playing Tennis Enhances Cognitive Ability

Congratulations to Dr. Ishihara and Professor Mizuno for the acceptance of their new paper: “Relationship of tennis play to executive function in children and adolescents”. Executive function is a core set of cognitive abilities. Executive function determines our fluid intelligence, that is our reasoning and problem-solving abilities. An example of executive function is working memory… Continue reading Playing Tennis Enhances Cognitive Ability