Maternal depression may influence fetal brain development

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies.Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Your developing baby: months 3-6

The physical development of an infant is astounding and seems to happen overnight.  While a newborn seems to only sleep, eat and poop, an infant that is 6 months old is fully interactive and developing quite a set of motor skills.  Between ages 3-6 months, the infant develops greater physical control of his head and […]

Taking the “Terrible” Out of the Two’s

Parents are often filled with an enormous amount of anxiety as their child approaches two years old. This age has been long stereotyped as one of the worst times during a child’s development. The “terrible twos” are predicted to be filled with crying and daily tantrums. Toddlers can in fact throw extraordinary tantrums but it […]

Excessive folic acid found to alter brain development and behavior

Scientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Poor oxytocin development could be to blame for alcohol and drug addiction

New research from the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests that poor development of oxytocin in early childhood may explain why some individuals succumb to addictive behavior, such as alcohol or drug abuse.Oxytocin, more commonly referred to as the “love hormone,” is known to play an important role in partnership, social interaction and maternal behavior. […]

Atypical development in siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

Atypical development can be detected as early as 12 months of age among the siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study has found. 28 percent of children with older siblings with ASD showed delays in other areas of development, identified in their social, communication, cognitive or motor development by 12 months. The most […]

Chemical exposure: the impact on infant brain development

There are more than 80,000 industrial chemicals in widespread use across the US. Around 3,000 of these chemicals are in products that we come into contact with every day, including clothing, carpets, toys, cleaning products and cosmetics. But is it safe to be so frequently exposed to these chemicals?Past studies have associated chemical exposure with […]

Shedding light on Apert syndrome development with the help of 3-D imaging

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

3-D imaging sheds light on Apert syndrome development

Three-dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Scientists crack open ‘black box’ of embryo development

We know much about how embryos develop, but one key stage – implantation – has remained a mystery. Now, scientists from Cambridge have discovered a way to study and film this ‘black box’ of development. Their results – which will lead to the rewriting of biology text books worldwide – are published in the journal […]

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