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2012-08-23 23:42:39

New born human infants have the largest brains among primates, but also the highest proportion of body fat. Before birth, if the supply of nutrients from the mother through the placenta is limited or unbalanced, the developing baby faces a dilemma: should resources be allocated to brain growth, or to fat deposition for use as an energy reserve during the early months after birth? Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that this decision could have an effect on how fat we...

2012-08-23 01:09:01

Melbourne scientists studying the impact obesity has on pregnancy, are urging men to get ℠match fit´ before conceiving to assist with fetal development. Reproductive experts from the University of Melbourne´s Department of Zoology have discovered that a father´s obesity negatively impacts sperm, resulting in smaller fetuses, poor pregnancy success and reduced placental development. While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centered...

2012-07-20 11:44:22

A study comparing whether endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) derived from human placenta or those derived from human umbilical cord blood are more proliferative and better for forming new blood vessels has found that ECFCs derived from human placenta are more vasculogenic. The study, carried out by researchers at the Indiana School of Medicine, is published in a recent issue of Cell Medicine and is freely available on-line at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cog/cm....

2012-07-16 23:03:05

Management Predicts that Cord Blood Industry Stalwarts ViaCord and CBR (aka "Cord Blood Registry") Will Soon Follow Suit New York, NY (PRWEB) July 16, 2012 After KKR invested $65 million in China Cord Blood in April, investors again began to take notice of this small but rapidly growing industry. One cord blood banking upstart, Americord Registry, meanwhile quietly continues to gain traction and take market share from the leading cord blood companies. While many cord blood companies...

2012-07-16 10:21:04

Your genes determine much about you, but environment can have a strong influence on your genes even before birth, with consequences that can last a lifetime. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have for the first time shown that the environment experienced in the womb defines the newborn epigenetic profile, the chemical modifications to DNA we are born with, that could have implications for disease risk later in life. Epigenetic tagging of genes by a chemical...

Predicting Birth of Small Babies With Blood Test
2012-06-23 05:48:49

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com For a pregnant woman, healthy fetal growth is key to a healthy baby. To assist in this endeavor, a group of scientists recently announced that they have found a blood test which could help predict the risk of women having alarmingly small babies. Researchers from Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) recently discovered a protein in the blood of pregnant women that can foretell if a pregnant women will have a fetus...

2012-06-11 14:00:30

Scientists at the Babraham Institute have gained a new understanding of how the growth of the placenta is regulated before birth, which has important implications for a healthy pregnancy. The research, published today (10 June) in the journal Nature Cell Biology shows that the controlled release of a specific molecule, called miR-675, slows down growth of the placenta before birth. RNA molecules are best known as the intermediary between the cell's DNA and the making of proteins necessary...

2012-06-07 09:03:21

Some mothers literally carry pieces of their children in their bodies A pregnant woman's blood stream contains not only her own cells, but a small number of her child's, as well, and some of them remain in her internal organs long after the baby is born. Understanding the origin and identity of these cells is vital to understanding their potential effects on a mother's long-term health. For example, fetal cells have been found at tumor sites in mothers, but it is unknown whether the cells...

2012-05-17 23:02:40

The ever-increasing popularity of the hCG weight loss diet has triggered various misconceptions and myths about precisely how hCG is made. A recent query posed to HCGBlog.com read, "Is hCG gathered from aborted babies?" In an effort to clarify this disturbing question and various other myths, HCGBlog.com explains exactly how hCG diet drops and injections are made. (PRWEB) May 17, 2012 An alarming myth has recently emerged that suggests that the human chorionic gonadotropin hCG drops and...

2012-04-12 13:14:20

A new University of Illinois study contains a warning for obese women who are planning pregnancies. Even if they eat a healthy diet when they are pregnant, their babies will develop in an unhealthy environment that places the infants at risk for future health problems. "We can see fat sequestered in the placentas of obese mothers when it should be going to the baby to support its growth. The nutrient supply region in the placenta of an obese mother is half the size of that of a...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.