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The old saying is true: you are what you eat. According to a recent UCLA study, food preferences and weight gain associated with living in a disadvantaged area may also impact the microstructure of the brain. The study, recently published in Communications Medicine, found a link between living in disadvantaged neighborhoods, which are associated with poor food options, and changes in regions of the brain involved in reward, emotional regulation, and cognition. The research study was supported in part by CTSI, through lead co-author Arpana Gupta's CTSI/CURE Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Study award.

View the entire UCLA Health press release here.

Read the publication in Communications Medicine here

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