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  • Autism Mutations

    Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development

    Adding to the growing body of evidence that autism begins before birth, researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine at the University of California have discovered that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that manifests […] More

  • Stress During Pregnancy

    Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Fetal Development

    Reducing stress during pregnancy often proves difficult for many women. Unfortunately, a new study published the Journal of Physiology concludes that stress hormones in a mother can affect the fetal development of her baby. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are a class of steroid hormones that play a role in the structure, synthesis, and metabolism of glucose in […] More

  • Tuna Fish

    Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Boost Development

    Fish is a lean, low-fat protein that is high in omega-3 fats as well as vitamin D and selenium. Despite some concerns about mercury, I ate tuna and other fish quite frequently for the omega-3 fatty acids while pregnant with my son. Now a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests […] More

  • Two-Day-Old Newborn

    Poor Growth During First Trimester Linked to Future Heart Problems

    Poor fetal growth during the first trimester of pregnancy may indicate poor heart health later in life, says a new study published in the journal BMJ. Human development is highest during the first trimester, so any problems during the early weeks of pregnancy, especially during the formation of the cardiovascular and metabolic organs, can lead […] More

  • Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits Newborn Brain Development

    Maternal Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits Newborn Brain Development

    Mothers who exercise during pregnancy at least 20 minutes three times per week could be benefiting their baby’s brain development, according to new research conducted at the University of Montreal and the affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital. That exercise benefits adults’ brains has long been known. Thus, the researchers hypothesized thatmaternal exercise during pregnancy would […] More