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Recent research on Omega 3 fatty acids shows that eating enough omega-3 fatty acids is twice as important for boosting the brainpower of girls as it is for boys.
There have been several studies that show the link between intelligence and higher consumption of omega-3 fats, especially those found in fatty fishes such as salmon. These researchers wondered whether this effect might be even stronger in girls because women not only use omega-3 fats to build their brains, they also store them on their hips and thighs in preparation for nurturing the brains of their future babies.
William Lassek, from University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Steve Gaulin at the University of California, Santa Barbara used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US to compare consumption of omega-3 fatty acids with cognitive test scores in 4000 children aged 6 to 16. They found that the more omega-3 fatty acids the kids ate, the better they scored. They also found that omega-3s accounted for twice as much of the improvement in girls as boys. Girls who ate enough Omega-3 scored an average of one per cent more than those who didn't. During childhood and adolescence women store Omega-3 on their hips and thighs in preparation for childbearing. "The lower body fat is like a bank into which deposits are made during childhood and only withdrawn during pregnancy and nursing," says William Lassek.
The research also proved that consumption of omega 6 can reduce brain power as compared to omega 3. "Brain and body can process limited amounts of fatty acids, and the omega-6 can push out the omega-3," said Joseph Hibbeln at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. These results were presented at a meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Kyoto, Japan.
Genetic variations which predispose people to a common inflammatory bowel condition have been uncovered by a team of German and UK researchers.
The researchers now link Ulcerative Colitis, an IBD condition, known to run in families, with the gene that encodes for interleukin 10 (IL10) - a compound which regulates inflammation. In the latest study, scientist scanned the whole genome in more than 1,000 people with the condition and 800 healthy controls. Among a few gene differences, they found key variations in genetic regions directly alongside the IL10 gene.
"In light of these results, systemic or topical delivery of IL10 should be worthy of consideration for clinical trials," said study leader Professor Stefan Schreiber.
The administration of interleukin 10 to individuals with colitis has been reported to have a positive effect in initial studies, although this potential therapy has not been assessed more thoroughly.
Professor Jonathan Rhodes, an expert in colitis based at the University of Liverpool, added that the study would help to unpick what was causing the condition - at least in some patients. "It makes much firmer the hypothesis that there is an underlying defect in the immune system," he said. The study was reported in Nature Genetics.
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