How Metabolism and Brain Activity are Linked

A new study shows a direct link between metabolism in brain cells and their ability to signal information. The research may explain why the seizures of many epilepsy patients can be controlled by a specially formulated diet. The findings reveal that metabolism controls the processes that inhibit brain activity, such as that involved in convulsions. […]

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High-Fat Ketogenic Diet Effectively Treats Childhood Seizures

The high-fat ketogenic diet can dramatically reduce or completely eliminate debilitating seizures in most children with infantile spasms, whose seizures persist despite medication, according to a Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study published online April 30 in the journal Epilepsia. ScienceDaily: High-fat ketogenic diet effectively treats persistent childhood seizures, study finds Infantile spasms, also called West syndrome, is […]

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Reverse Engineering Epilepsy’s ‘Miracle’ Diet

Researchers link seizure resistance to a protein that modifies cellular metabolism in the brain. The findings, which shed light on the extremely low-carb ketogenic diet, may lead to the development of new treatments for epilepsy. ScienceDaily: Reverse engineering epilepsy’s ‘miracle’ diet Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have proposed an answer, linking resistance […]

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Ketogenic Diet Shows Promising Results for All Dementia Stages

A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones. Studies show a ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse symptoms of memory loss and cognitive impairment throughout all the dementia stages. You might be asking, “What is a ketogenic diet?” University Health News: Ketogenic Diet Shows Promising Results for All Dementia Stages A […]

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Fueling the Alzheimer’s Brain

In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there are early significant deficits in glucose utilization that become increasingly severe as disease progresses. Clinical Neurology News: Fueling the Alzheimer’s brain with fat Most reports from early-onset AD animal models find that these energy deficits are largely due to defects in mitochondrial complex IV and V, and possibly related to mitochondrial fusion and fission […]

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Too Much Sugar Could Increase Depression Risk in Men

Men who consume a lot of added sugar in drinks, cakes and confectionery run an increased risk of depression, according to a new study. The Guardian: Too much sugar could increase depression risk in men, study suggests Researchers from University College London (UCL) looked at sugar in the diet and common mental health problems in a […]

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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders

If you have a brain, you need to know about ketogenic diets. The fact that these specially-formulated low-carbohydrate diets have the power to stop seizures in their tracks is concrete evidence that food has a tremendous impact on brain chemistry and should inspire curiosity about how they work. I first became interested in ketogenic diets as […]

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The Impact of Diet on Neurological Disease

Diet—what and how people eat—is becoming a powerful potential intervention for a variety of debilitating neurological diseases. The ketogenic diet, in particular, has been a well-established treatment for epilepsy for the past century. Yet, even now, physician-scientists are discovering new indications for the ketogenic diet. Biomedical Odyssey: The Impact of Diet on Neurological Disease Ketogenic diet […]

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