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Foetal genes can increase the risk of illness during pregnancy

04/09/2017

For the first time, a relationship has been found between foetal genes and the risk of preeclampsia in the mother. Norwegian researchers, including a team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), figure prominently in the international group that presented the find in "Nature Genetics", first published online earlier this summer.
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The brains of newborns distinguish between caresses

25/08/2017

The ability to distinguish between different kinds of caresses on the skin already exists at a very early age. This is evident from a study by the Sahlgrenska Academy, in which the blood supply in brains of infants 6 to 10 weeks old was investigated.
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Image: Empa’s multicellular model, which is mimicking the placental barrier: a core of connective tissue cells, surrounded by trophoblast cells; Copyright: Empa

Medication for the unborn baby

21/08/2017

An Empa team has succeeded in developing a new three-dimensional cell model of the human placental barrier. The "model organ" can quickly and reliably deliver new information on the intake of substances, such as nano-particles, by the placental barrier and on any possible toxic effects for the unborn child.
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Image: A pregnant woman is holding a glass of water and a pill in her hands; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Andriy Popov

Paracetamol during pregnancy can inhibit masculinity

26/06/2017

Paracetamol is popular for relieving pain. But if you are pregnant, you should think twice before popping these pills according to the researchers in a new study. In an animal model, Paracetamol, which is the pain-relieving substance found in the pills, actually damages the development of male behaviours.
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