Entries by Nafisa Jadavji

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Nutrition & Parkinson’s disease: is there a link?

Figure of mouse brain tissue from the substantia nigra; cells that are stained are dopamine producing. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease, which means that the damage in the brain begins several decades before the symptoms appear. In PD, approximately 60% of a specific cell type in the brain dies before symptoms appear. The […]

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What role does nutrition play on vascular dementia?

According to the United Nations the aging population is growing and by 2050 the number of people aged 60 years old will reach 2 billion worldwide. With the aging population the prevalence of age-related disease is predicted to increase. An example of an age-related disease is neurodegeneration.  Dementia can be a result of several pathologies […]

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The role of maternal folic acid supplementation on offspring neurodevelopment

  Folic acid is a B-vitamin and is well known for its role during early neurodevelopment. It promotes the closure of the neural tube in utero. The neural tube in the developing embryo is the first step to forming the brain and spinal cord. If the neural tube does not close, it can lead to […]