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Can pomegranate juice be helpful in protecting the infant brain?

When it comes to protecting the newborn brain, taking steps to mitigate risk before birth may be critical. Some newborns, such as those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), are at heightened risk. Being able to intervene before birth to aid in protecting the newborn brain may prevent the often-devastating effects of brain injury. In a […]

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Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds study

In their study published in Biological Psychiatry, MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies. They found evidence for impaired development of a white matter tract, the […]

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Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Children growing up amid greenery may benefit as their brain development is positively affected leading to better working memory and reduced inattentiveness, a study has said. According to the researchers, primary school children raised in homes surrounded by more green spaces will tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas […]

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Is the keto diet safe for pregnant women? Here’s what you need to know

  Healthy eating during pregnancy is vital for the foetus’ growth and development, as well as essential to preventing nausea and vomiting for the mother-to-be. Eating 100 grams of proteins per day, supplementing with vitamins and minerals and eating 300 extra calories during the second and third trimester is highly recommended by websites doling out […]

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Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of developing autism

World Autism Day: Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of developing autism

The researchers say their findings support efforts to prevent exposure to pesticides during pregnancy to protect a child’s developing brain. Experimental studies have suggested that common pesticides can affect normal brain development, and environmental exposures during early brain development are suspected to increase risk for autism spectrum disorders in children. But studies examining pesticide exposure […]

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How touch can shape babies' brain development

How touch can shape newborn babies’ brain development

For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests. Plenty of previous research has linked skin-to-skin touch with developmental benefits for both premature and full-term babies, ranging from improved growth and sleep to better motor […]

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Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Babies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

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Brain organoids give new insights into development of our brain

Brain organoids give new insights into development of our brain

A new method could push research into developmental brain disorders an important step forward. This is shown by a recent study at the University of Bonn in which the researchers investigated the development of a rare congenital brain defect. To do so, they converted skin cells from patients into so called induced pluripotent stem cells. […]

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