• Don't jack with nature: Electively shortening pregnancy causes higher risk of disease for the child

    1 month ago - By Natural News

    Expecting women, beware: Having your babies early can increase their risk of heart- and lung-related complications later in life. This is the warning issued by the researchers behind a recent study, which joins the growing body of work connecting premature births to health risks. Led by Dr. Isabel Ferreira of the University of...
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  • Stress during pregnancy increases risk of mood disorders for female offspring

    Stress during pregnancy increases risk of mood disorders for female offspring

    1 month ago - By ScienceDaily

    High maternal levels of the stress hormone cortisol during pregnancy increase anxious and depressive-like behaviors in female offspring at the age of 2, reports a new study. The effect of elevated maternal cortisol on the negative offspring behavior appeared to result from patterns of stronger communication between brain regions important for sensory and emotion processing. The findings emphasize the importance of prenatal conditions for susceptibility of later mental health problems in offspring.
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