Entries by Olivia Rivera

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A Diet Low in Manganese Increases Complications with Ovulation and May Impact Fertility

A diet low in manganese may increase the risk for anovulation, or failure of the ovary to release an egg during a menstrual cycle. Approximately every 28 days, the female body prepares for pregnancy. About halfway through the cycle, the ovary will release an egg in response to hormonal changes. Disruptions in this process can […]

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Why women are at greater risk for major depression and cardiometabolic comorbidities

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for persons ages 15-43, affecting 16.2 million adults. Furthermore, depression is comorbid with other prevalent, chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and obesity/metabolic syndrome (MetS). MDD alone is almost twice as prevalent in women compared to men, and women have a 62% […]

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Maternal diet influences long-term health of children well before pregnancy

Maternal diet during pregnancy is thought to be one of the most influential factors on child health and development. However, dietary interventions during this period may miss a critical window to improve health during childhood, as well as adult life. In a recent series of articles in The Lancet, researchers address the significance of nutrition […]