Babies of pregnant women exposed to pollutants may have lower IQs

The study, led by researchers at the University of Washington and UCSF as part of the ECHO PATHWAYS consortium, will be published in the September issue of Environmental Research and is currently available online. Researchers looked at 1,005 pregnant women participating in the Conditions Affecting Neurodevelopment and Learning study, set in Shelby County, Tennessee, and […]

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Cockroaches developing stronger rapid cross-resistance, making them unbeatable

The super-immune insects can then pass their resistance on to their offspring, making it only a matter of time before a given population becomes, essentially, insecticide-proof. Cockroaches are serious threats to human health. They carry dozens of types of bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, which can sicken people. And the saliva, faeces and […]

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Spider babies may be more like our infants than we thought. Mother spiders can produce nutritious milk-like fluids to feed their offspring. Juvenile spiders eat all kinds of food: in some spider species they feed on small insects, and in others they catch pollen

Bizarre biology: Some spiders produce milk, and it’s more nutritious than cow’s milk

Previous research has also found some spiders simply don’t eat anything until they grow large enough to hunt. But Toxeus magnus, a type of jumping spider native to Southeast Asia, must be doing something else. Its young grow shockingly fast – they reach almost half adult size in the first 20 days of their life […]

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Children born to mothers older than 35 are more likely to have heart problems

New research published in The Journal of Physiology demonstrates that adult offspring born to older mothers are more susceptible to heart risks in later life. These results could be crucial in developing preventative treatments for children born to older women. Older motherhood is associated with an increased risk of complications during pregnancy with a greater […]

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Taking multivitamins during pregnancy may protect kids from autism, says study

Study co-author Brian K. Lee, of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and colleagues say that their study is only observational, but that the findings suggest that prenatal vitamin use for autism prevention should be further investigated. Autism – which is also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – […]

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Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?

Dear men, if you are planning for a baby, include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in your diet daily as your diet before conception can impact newborn’s health, claims a recent study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help […]

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