In the News: Ketogenic Diet May Improve Brain Health, New Study Finds Autism is Mostly Genetic, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Ketogenic diet may improve brain health. New research has found that following the ketogenic diet, with a focus on reducing carbohydrates and increasing the amount of fat, can offer neurological benefits. Some suggest that eating a keto diet can help treat epilepsy, reduce brain inflammation, and be helpful for patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found if a key protein can be blocked, it can create the same effects of a ketogenic diet plan, without having to actually be on that diet. The next step is determining how to make a drug that can reduce brain inflammation the way a keto diet can, so that patients can take the drug and have the same benefits. Curious about the ketogenic diet? Read up on it here. (MN)

New study finds autism is mostly genetic. When it comes to the topic of autism, many have wondered if it is caused by environmental or developmental factors. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association has found that genetics account for 80-90 percent of the disorder, with environmental factors contributing around 17 percent. Sven Sandin, an associate professor of psychiatry looked at data from children born between 1982-2006 in Sweden. He studied the rates of autism in half-siblings, biological siblings, identical twins, and fraternal twins to determine the role that genetics play in this condition. (TIME)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis. This week, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer. While making the announcement, she added “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.” If you want to learn more about breast cancer symptoms, find out if you are at risk, and learn what you can do to protect yourself, check out this fact sheet. (CNN)