“The Learning Lead” Newsletter Volume 6 – Issue 1 (2018)

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“The Learning Lead” Newsletter Volume 6 – Issue 1 (2018)
  • Sphingomyelin in brain and cognitive development

Myelin is the coating around nerve fibers, which enables fast and efficient transmission of nerve impulses (Fields, 2008). Ensuring efficient transmission is important in the maturation of the infant brain networks, information processing and ultimately, to cognitive performance infants and children (O’Muircheartaigh et al., 2013). The abundant levels of SM in the CNS and its presence in maternal breast milk (Bitman, Wood, Mehta, Hamosh, and Hamosh, 1984) suggest it has an important role in infant nutrition and particularly in infant brain development…