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Mouse experiments indicate that, contrary to observations in pregnant women, reactive oxygen species contribute to normal placental development.

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Pregnant women who took a fish oil supplement during pregnancy were less likely to have children with asthma.

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Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions

By | December 20, 2016

Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.

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Bacteria Assails Immune System with Toxin

By | October 18, 2016

A Streptococcus bacterium invades the placenta with the aid of a neutrophil-puncturing pigment.

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Zika Update

By | August 24, 2016

More locally acquired cases in Florida; fetal brain damage investigated

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CDC: Zika Virus Spreading in Miami Beach

By | August 22, 2016

With new reports of mosquito-borne transmission, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns pregnant women to avoid the area.

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Zika Update

By | July 25, 2016

More than 1.5 million childbearing women could be at risk of infection; pregnancy delays may be insufficient to prevent infection-related birth abnormalities; second study shows low risk of international spread due to Olympics; CDC updates prevention recommendations

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Nonhuman Primate Model of Zika

By | June 28, 2016

Researchers infect rhesus macaques with the virus to better study its effects in humans.

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Study: No Zika–Microcephaly Link Late in Pregnancy

By | June 17, 2016

Babies born to mothers infected with Zika during the third trimester have a low risk of developing microcephaly, researchers report.

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New recommendation from the World Health Organization could affect millions of people across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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