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How Pregnancy Changes A Woman’s Brain
2011-12-22 04:58:18

We know a lot about the links between a pregnant mother´s health, behavior, and moods and her baby´s cognitive and psychological development once it is born. But how does pregnancy change a mother´s brain? “Pregnancy is a critical period for central nervous system development in mothers,” says psychologist Laura M. Glynn of Chapman University. “Yet we know virtually nothing about it.” Glynn and her colleague Curt A. Sandman, of University of the...

2011-12-15 17:27:37

    Neonatal meconium can be used to examine gestational alcohol exposure during the second and third trimesters.     A new study has examined fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and ethylglucuronide (EtG) in meconium samples from public hospitals in seven Italian cities to test for prenatal exposure to alcohol.     Results indicate that fetal alcohol exposure is underestimated or misreported in Italy. In recent years, medical professionals have...

2011-12-14 11:55:17

A new study published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology reveals that fetal tracheal occlusion (FETO) improves infant survival rate in severe cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). CDH is a birth defect where there exists a severe malformation (hole) of the diaphragm and is a major cause of death in infants due to pulmonary hypoplasia, an incomplete development of the lungs. Researchers led by Rodrigo Ruano, MD, PhD, of the Faculdade de Medicina da...

2011-12-08 16:43:33

Stress in the second and third months of pregnancy can shorten pregnancies, increase the risk of pre-term births and may affect the ratio of boys to girls being born, leading to a decline in male babies. These are the conclusions of a study that investigated the effect on pregnant women of the stress caused by the 2005 Tarapaca earthquake in Chile. Although it has been known for a while that stress may affect the duration of pregnancy, until now, no study has looked at the impact of both...

Mom's Mental Health Affects Fetus
2011-11-11 14:34:22

As a fetus grows, it´s constantly getting messages from its mother. It´s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother´s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it´s born. In...

Mother’s Overall Diet Affects Fetus Health
2011-10-04 06:07:08

According to a new study, available online by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that overall quality of diet had a greater impact on fetus health than single nutrient supplementation. The authors of the study note that folic acid supplementation and food fortification has helped in reducing or preventing neural tube defects, but it does not prevent all birth defects. The authors write, “Nutrition research on birth defects has tended to focus on one...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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