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Topiwala A, Wang C, Ebmeier K, et al. Associations between moderate alcohol consumption, brain iron, and cognition in UK Biobank participants: Observational and mendelian randomization analyses. PLoS Med 2022;19(7):e1004039. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004039
The goal of the Horizon 2020 “Lifebrain” consortium has been to harmonize, enrich, and fully exploit some of the largest longitudinal studies of age effects on brain, cognition, and mental health in Europe.
Our focus has been on the effect, over time, of education, socioeconomic status, lifestyle factors such as sleep, physical activity, and diet on potentially enhancing and protecting brain structure and function. At the closing conference of the Lifebrain Horizon 2020 consortium, Lifebrain scientists will discuss their findings regarding the effect of these factors on cognitive and mental health throughout life, with invited keynote speakers setting the international context.
This conference will gather international speakers from different disciplines including psychology, neurology, neuroimaging, psychiatry, genetics, molecular biology, and medicine.
Folk blir stadig mer opptatt av hjernen. Det er ikke uten grunn, for hjernen er en av det viktigste organet vi har. Med hjernen gjør vi alt. I samspillet mellom hjernecellene oppstår alt det menneskelivet rommer. Alle tanker, følelser og minner, alle planer og handlinger, all menneskelig kultur, språk og samfunnsdannelse har sin opprinnelse i hjernen. Det er takket være hjernen din at du er i stand til å lese denne teksten, bevege kroppen, forelske deg, le, gråte, fortvile, juble eller for den saks skyld planlegge hva du skal ha til middag. Hjernen inneholder mange gåter, men forskerne lærer stadig mer om hvordan hjernen fungerer. Noe av denne kunnskapen kan vi anvende i egne liv. Slik kan vi være med å bidra til egen hjernehelse.
A healthy brain is essential for enjoying a good and autonomous life. Various social, occupational, lifestyle and other environmental factors can influence brain health. At the conference “Promoting brain health across the lifespan”, scientists will discuss the latest experimental approaches and evidence from two major European research consortia regarding the impact of socioeconomic factors, physical activity, nutrition, and mental training on cognitive function, mental health, and well-being throughout life. These results will also be explored in light of prevention and intervention strategies for brain disorders.
The conference will gather European speakers from different research areas including psychology, neurology, neuroimaging, psychiatry, genetics, molecular biology, and medicine.
Your brain is your life! Lifebrain public lectures series 3.
In countries that promote women's equality and participation in society, women have a better chance of keeping their brains healthy in later life, according to a new research from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, a partner organisation in the Lifebrain project.
The causes of dementia are many and complex, but several studies suggest that lifestyle factors playing a role in the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, also affect brain health. Lifebrain researchers in their earlier studies have observed that dietary fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamin D, body weight, and physical activity may be important for cortical preservation during normal aging. This means that the neurons (“thinking cells”) are better conserved in certain areas of the brain depending on diet, body weight and physical activity.
It is increasingly clear that premature infants with very low birth weight are at risk of developing medical and social problems later in life due to affected brain development. One of the challenges has been that the small and weak newborn premature infants (birth weight less than 1500 g) get markedly less nutrients than they need to grow normally due to a conservative practice among neonatologists. Thus, the premature infants often experience reduced function as seen with increased risk of having cerebral palsy, loss of vision or hearing, epilepsy, mental retardation, autism, learning disorders, and reduced working capacity in adult life.
Alcohol use is widespread in the developed world and while previous studies have warned of the negative effects of drinking heavily, moderate alcohol consumption has largely been considered harmless. In fact, some studies have suggested that light-to-moderate drinking may be protective against dementia. However, recent research from Oxford challenges the idea that drinking in moderation may have beneficial effects.
The capacity to move is crucial for maintaining independence and quality of life in old age. Unfortunately, as we grow older our mobility is reduced and this can increase the risk of falls, disability and hospitalisations. In a recent study of 387 healthy participants from the Whitehall II Imaging cohort, researchers examined how mobility was linked with cognitive and brain health in people who were 60 to 85 years of age.