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  • Pregnancy acually re-wires your brain

    Date: 22/01/2017

    Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience. It's also a mind-altering experience, according to new research—literally. Brain scans of new moms showed that the areas involved in processing social information got re-wired after their first pregnancy, and those changes lasted for at least two years. The changes may help new moms bond with and take care of their babies.

    The findings, published Monday in Nature Neuroscience, provide the first evidence that pregnancy causes long-term changes in the human brain. But they're not altogether surprising. Puberty (which, like pregnancy, involves raging hormones) is known to reorganize adolescent brains.


  • 'Minibrains' breakthrough in neuro-research

    Date: 21/01/2017

    Laboratory-made “minibrains” that show a primitive ability to think could transform research on neurological diseases and treatments, scientists say.

    The tiny balls of brain cells, each about the size of a housefly’s eye, have been created by US researchers who claim they could be mass-produced in large numbers.

    Grown from stem cells, the brains contain many of the neurons and cells of their full-sized human equivalents.

    Scientists believe they will provide far more reliable results in drug tests and other experiments than animal “models” such as mice and rats.


  • Learn playing … or learning to play?!

    Date: 06/10/2016

    Article by Marina Melone

    Ensuring the welfare of pre-school children, supporting the development of their full potential, it is a shared responsibility between parents, families, communities and governments. The game is an essential factor for development in children and is widely recognized by international bodies such as the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), UNICEF (UNICEF) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Often regarded as a mere occupation or entertainment, the game actually addresses a critical need of young children and it is a right under the International Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC): through play, children can build and shape the their identity.

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  • The health is on the plate: how to learn to eat healthier, playing!

    Date: 05/10/2016

    Article by Carmela Spagnuolo & Marina Melone

    Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are the basis for physical and mental well-being. The idea itself is not new: once, around 400 BC, Hippocrates, father of the medicine, argued that “food is our first medicine”, and also that “eating will not sustain a healthy man; he needs also physical exercise”.

    According to ancient Chinese medicine, foods are also therapeutic remedies of which it is important to care about a specific method of use to prevent and even prevent diseases. If you want to stay healthy, your body needs a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins besides vitamins and minerals. The modern urban is often unbalanced, unstructured and this goes hand in hand with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The recovery of a good practice is more difficult that it looks, and nutrition education should start early, especially considering that childhood obesity is increasing in alarming proportions in recent years in Western countries.

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