Research: Food & the Mind

Just as the human fetus has long been thought capable of absorbing adequate nourishment even if the mother is starving, so the human brain has been considered able to develop normally even in a starving infant. But this could be an outdated thesis, said researchers at a Boston symposium on mental retardation convened by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. There is a growing body of evidence that mental retardation is sometimes the result of malnutrition, and in the case of premature babies, who by definition have not been nourished up to a normal...

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