Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University

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Quicker Infant Growth Tied to Higher IQ Later: MedlinePlus

Babies who gained weight and head circumference more rapidly during the first month of life scored slightly higher on intelligence tests when they were 6 years old, according to a large new study.

But a baby’s early rate of growth didn’t influence the child’s behavior later in life, according to the study.

“We found that faster growth in the first four weeks following birth was linked to a small increase in intelligence quotient scores at 6.5 years, but there were no clear effects on children’s behavior,” said the study’s lead author, Lisa Smithers, a postdoctoral research fellow in early life nutrition at the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

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Total amount of exercise important, not frequency, research shows

A new study by Queen’s University researchers has determined that adults who accumulated 150 minutes of exercise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week.

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NZ obesity rates for children a ‘tragedy’ – National – NZ Herald News

Researchers are struggling with what to do about the “tragedy” of overweight children – including nearly 29,000 pre-schoolers aged from 2 to 4 who are obese.

Around 9.2 per cent of children in that age bracket are obese in New Zealand, a statistic which masks even more shocking ethnic and socio-economic disparities in toddler obesity. And the problem only gets worse as they get older.

“Pre-school children (who are overweight) are much more likely to stay overweight than become normal weight,” said Professor Barry Taylor. “We know that the longer you’re overweight, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease in adult life.”

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Infant Nutrition Council congratulates Synlait Milk | Scoop News

The Infant Nutrition Council congratulates Synlait Milk Ltd for winning the Supreme Award at the New Zealand China Trade Association China Business Awards.

Infant Nutrition Council (INC) CEO Jan Carey says winning the supreme award was recognition of Synlait’s focus on ensuring it supplied only the best quality infant and adult nutritional products in China.

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China to restructure dairy industry, target formula standards

China’s cabinet has announced detailed plans to improve the quality of domestic baby milk powder in a bid to stamp out the constant food safety fears that have plagued the country.

“Baby milk powder safety is not only an issue concerning people’s livelihoods, but also a major economic and social issue affecting the nation’s future. It is urgent for the government to upgrade the safety standard of domestic baby milk powder,” the State Council said in a statement.

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Overeating learned in infancy, study suggests

Brigham Young University sociology professors Ben Gibbs and Renata Forste found that clinical obesity at 24 months of age strongly traces back to infant feeding.

“There seems to be this cluster of infant feeding patterns that promote childhood obesity,” said Gibbs, lead author of the study that appears in Pediatric Obesity.

Putting babies to bed with a bottle increased the risk of childhood obesity by 36 percent. And introducing solid foods too soon — before four months of age — increased a child’s risk of obesity by 40 percent.

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