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Mothers' eating habits linked to dementia

Mothers' eating habits linked to dementia
26th March 2014

New research has suggested that an unborn child's chances of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life depend on the mother's eating habits.

In a study conducted using mice, scientists found that offspring on a high-fat diet were more likely to suffer from impaired blood flow in the brain, the Telegraph reports.

Their brains also found it difficult to get rid of harmful amyloid protein, both of which are linked to dementia.

Dr Cheryl Hawkes, who led the study, said: "Our preliminary findings suggest that mothers' diets during pregnancy may have long-term effects on their children's brains and vascular health."

She added, however, that more work was needed in order to determine how this translates to human subjects.

After taking place at Southampton University, the research was then presented at the Alzheimer's Research UK conference taking place in Oxford.

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at the charity, urged caution with regards to this news.

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