Smoking during pregnancy - Protect your baby from tobacco smoke

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. It also makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant. In addition, smoking during pregnancy causes other problems, because reduces the amount of oxygen available to the baby and, besides, the nicotine and other poisons that the mother inhales from cigarettes (each of which contains over 4,000 chemicals) are carried through the bloodstream and go directly to the baby. […]

 
 
 
 

Specialized pro-resolving mediators I - How does inflammation work?

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response to an infection or injury. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it; the signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, heat, and pain) show that the body is trying to heal itself. These signs occur as a result of an increase in blood flow, which allows that cells and molecules […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 fatty acids related to cognitive status in older adults

Some cognitive abilities decline with aging. The most constant change is cognitive slowing, but other changes also occur: in the attention to various things at the same time (driving, for example), in the working memory (the ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity), in the ability to recall new information, in the ability to understand spatial relationships (not knowing how much to turn […]

 
 
 
 

Problem solving skills in childhood related to omega-3 fatty acids intake

Children face many challenges as they grow, and the ability to make decisions and solve problems develops as they learn to cope with daily challenges. Problem solving is a critical cognitive skill that develops from the earliest years of life. Planning to achieve a goal is present during the second year of life, but the earliest phases of this process begin in the first year. Problem solving skills (that involve […]

 
 
 
 

Weight loss after pregnancy and omega-3 fatty acids intake

Even for women of normal weight before pregnancy, postpartum weight retention may increase the risk for obesity one year after childbirth. Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, but it is associated with reduced fertility, and long term health problems for women; however, many women never lose the weight gained during a gestation. Some risk factors for postpartum weight retention are high prepregnancy BMI (body mass index), excessive weight gain […]

 
 
 
 

Micronutrients and physical function in older people

A decrease in bone and muscle mass characterize normal aging. Related with the decline in muscle mass, there is a reduction in muscle strength; this combination contributes to frailty, fracture risk, reduction in quality of life, and loss of independence (everyday tasks, such as rising from a chair and gait performance, are hampered by a reduction in muscle strength). Risk factors for falls and fracture include reduced bone mass, muscle […]