We have always known the fact that food is essential for keeping us alive and healthy. But this is a general statement, so the scientists have been on the mission to understand how food keeps us healthy – both physically and mentally. Keeping our focus on mental health we need to understand how food and nutrition keeps our brain healthy.
Recently, scientists from the University of Illinois studied the Mediterranean diet and found out that the oils and nuts carry nutrients that are very good for the brain. The dorsal networks in the brain is the key area concerned with intelligence and cognitive thinking. The Mediterranean diet includes nutrients called monounsaturated fatty acids MUFAs that the researchers found, were responsible for building the networks and enhancing thinking abilities.
The study is just the beginning and has loads to offer for scientists as they progress in this direction.
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The blood-brain barrier and the blood-tumor barrier remain great obstacles to the drug delivery to brain tumors. This paper reviews the importance of BBB and BTB and the current status and future perspectives of these delivery procedures.
The research thoroughly reviews the importance of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the blood-tumor barrier (BTB) along with the current status and future perspectives of interesting physical and surgical strategies to circumvent these central nervous system (CNS) barriers in the treatment of malignant brain tumors. In this paper, the authors particularly focus on assessing the development of a selected number of strategies that enhance the distribution of therapeutic agents to the CNS in the context of neuro-oncology. This review is unique in the sense that it concentrates on surgical and physical delivery methods that are of present-day interest and in current development. The following strategies are discussed in this review: intra-arterial delivery, osmotic BBB disruption, intra-nasal delivery, convection-enhanced delivery, implanted polymers, magnetic microspheres and ultrasound BBB disruption. For each delivery method, un-biased and up to date information on the current technique, preclinical data and available clinical data is provided.
Credit: Dr. David Fortin
Bentham Science Publishers