This Week’s Headlines: Worms Act Like Teens, Mediterranean Diet Linked to Brain Health, Male Contraceptive Drug Shows Promise

Worms act like millennials! New research suggests developing worms may be as defiant as your teenage kids. Maybe they don’t cry to Dashboard Confessional but a new study shows that young worms go through an unruly stage of development just like today’s youth. Scientists from the Salk Institute observed roundworms and found that when presented with food, the teenagers would meander around before eating, while the adults made a beeline straight to the meal. Interestingly, when presented with stinky chemicals, both adults AND younger worms scurried away. So it’s not like the younger worms are less developed –they probably just don’t want to do what they’re told! Many scientists consider the brain to be the final frontier and hopefully studies like this one can help us learn more about neural development. Wondering how healthy your brain is? Take this quiz! (SALK)

Dear Mediterranean diet, olive you so much! Study suggest that Mediterranean diet may improve brain health. Rich in fruits, veggies, and olive oil – the Mediterranean diet has been touted as one of the best diets for your heart. Now researchers say that incorporating these lifestyle changes may also help your brain. The authors of the study surveyed nearly one thousand people close to 70 years old who did not have dementia. They asked about dietary habits and then looked at images of their brains. Turns out those participants who followed a Mediterranean diet had larger brains compared to those who did not. The researchers speculate that eating habits may have a larger impact on our brain health than previously thought but further studies need to be done to confirm these results. Check out Dr. Oz’s favorite Mediterranean foods for inspiration! (AAN)

Clinical trial on male contraceptive show promise. A recent clinical trial on the injectable male contraceptive, Jab was found to be nearly 96% effective at reducing sperm counts and out of almost 300 men tested, there were only 4 reported accidental pregnancies! The down side is that about 5% of the men were unable to regain their ability to make new sperm. While further experiments are needed to learn more about Jab, the potential is exciting and researchers will surely keep studying this medication. (BBC)