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SSRI Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to Changes in Babies’ Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 9, 2018
MRI data suggest prenatal exposure to the medication increases the volume of brain regions vital to processing emotions.
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
The Industry of Bodies Donated for Science Lacks Oversight: Investigations
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 28, 2017
Reuters sheds light on the largely unregulated trade of human body parts taken from human cadavers donated for science.
An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017
A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.
Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses
Aggie Mika | Jul 13, 2017
The first-of-its-kind study follows on the heels of ethicists’ urging vaccine developers to conduct clinical trials in pregnant women.
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2017
Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 24, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies.
Study: Zika-Exposed Babies 50 Times More Likely to Be Born with Microcephaly
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2016
Scientists estimate the risk to fetuses exposed to the virus in utero.
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2016
More locally acquired cases in Florida; fetal brain damage investigated
Q&A: Placental Ponderings
Christopher Coe | Aug 27, 2015
Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.