Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia risk

A healthy diet rich in fibre is generally recommended, but new research shows it could be even more important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia riskPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, the Barwon Infant Study from Deakin University, Monash University, James Cook University and the Australian National University collaborated to investigate the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria […]

High levels of estrogen in the womb linked to autism, reveals study

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The findings are published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry

High levels of estrogen in the womb linked to autism, reveals studyThe discovery adds further evidence to support the prenatal sex steroid theory of autism first proposed 20 years ago. In 2015, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge and the State Serum Institute in Denmark measured the levels of four prenatal steroid hormones, including two known as androgens, in the amniotic fluid in […]

Can we promise pregnancy to every woman today?

Today, fertility treatment is purely scientific and precise, targeted to determining the cause and treating it. Besides, almost every hurdle can be overcome with the help of amazing options. For example, a woman without a uterus can still have her own child by borrowing another’s womb!

Can we promise pregnancy to every woman today?In a normal couple During normal sexual activity, semen which consist of millions of sperms, is deposited in the vagina. From there the active and motile sperms travel into the fallopian tube to meet the egg which is released from the ovary once a month. This is where fertilization of the egg occurs. The fertilised […]

World Schizophrenia Day: Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

Researchers say new findings open the door to new schizophrenia treatments. For example, a drug could be administered to expectant mothers, whose offspring has a high risk of developing schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day: Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggestsBy transforming skin cells from patients with schizophrenia into neuronal progenitor cells – cells that form neurons in early development – researchers identified an abnormal gene pathway called nuclear FGFR1 (nFGFR1) that impairs early brain development. Senior study author Michal K. Stachowiak, Ph.D., of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University […]

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchers

An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchersNew work using chaos theory to analyse brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects. Researchers found that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb showed altered brain connections that were consistent with impaired cognitive performance. Their findings were reached by measuring the responses […]

No more commercial wombs for hire: Lok Sabha passes Surrogacy Regulation Bill

The lower house of parliament, on Wednesday, December 19 passed the Surrogacy Bill (2016)  tabled in house by Union Health Minister, J P Nadda.The Bill will help prevent commercial exploitation of mother’s womb and also ensures that the surrogate mother’s rights are protected under the ambit of law

No more commercial wombs for hire: Lok Sabha passes Surrogacy Regulation BillIt is an historic moment the Lok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016, which will ensure protection of women’s rights and also help families who do not have children to have their own biological child. Experts state that this is a positive and progressive step taken by the union government. Crucial highlights of […]

Doc flips baby 180 degrees inside mother’s womb

In an incredible video Vanessa and her husband Nick posted on Facebook, the doctor carefully turns the baby around so he can be born head-first instead of feet-first or bottom-first, a position called “breech

Doc flips baby 180 degrees inside mother’s wombA few weeks prior to being launched into the world, most babies shift into the head-down position in the womb, ready to be delivered vaginally. But the nearly full-term baby Vanessa Fisher was carrying was in the breech position—meaning the baby was positioned with its butt or feet first While Fisher’s doctor said a C-section could be […]

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echo

Foetal echo is a procedure that can be done between 18 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. The technology, has now come to be used in various Mumbai based hospitals to identify congenital heart defects so as to provide better treatment

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echoIt is believed that among ever 120 children in India, one is diagnosed with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious heart defects. At a time when we speak highly about caring for our heart, doctors are looking for alternatives to avoid such late diagnosis. With ultrasound technology at its best, […]

Revealed: Embryo communicates with mother’s womb

A team of researchers have uncovered how an embryo gets implanted in the womb. It also gives insights on early life events that take place inside the mother's womb. Also, through this research, an attempt has being made to decode the reasons behind the failure of IVF

Revealed: Embryo communicates with mother’s wombReproduction is the biological process by which new individual organisms (offspring) are produced from their parents. And the pregnancy process begins, after the fertilisation of an egg by a sperm. But do you know how this embryo finds a place in the mother’s womb? It is an important part of the pregnancy process, as the embryo has to find a […]

What makes you, 1 in 7.2 billion, apart from your fingerprints?

The general consensus is fingerprints are accurate tools to identify people, in most cases. But what about other parts of the body? Most of us like to believe in our individuality; surely there’s more to our bodies that make us one in 7.2 billion. Well, here are five things that are (most likely) especially you that you can be proud of

What makes you, 1 in 7.2 billion, apart from your fingerprints?Anyone who has known biology or has watched crime shows on TV will remember that a criminal is identified by his fingerprints, which are unique markers left by the ridges on everyone’s fingers. These impressions have been used as personal signatures for thousands of years, going as far back as 300 B.C. in China, where […]