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Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome
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Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome

Over 10 years ago a landmark mouse study showed that a mother’s diet before and during pregnancy can change her offspring’s coat color by affecting the establishment of ‘epigenetic’ marks on the genome. It has remained unknown, however, whether such effects also occur in humans. Now, by studying naturally-occurring seasonal differences in the diet and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

This issue of “From the Labs” reprints my earlier posting from the Baylor blog, Momentum, about an increasingly shrill dialogue surrounding vaccines and autism.  While the scientific community has long since debunked any link between vaccines and autistic spectrum disorders, many parents still opt out of vaccinating their children.  The good news is that to … Continue reading

Research on rare blood disorder leads to diagnostic test, potential new therapies
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Research on rare blood disorder leads to diagnostic test, potential new therapies

By Dana Benson – A recent study by researchers, including those from Baylor College of Medicine and the Histiocytosis Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, has uncovered important advances in the understanding of a rare blood disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis that has led to the development of a diagnostic test and may inform new … Continue reading

Mothers with unresolved childhood trauma show blunted amygdala response to infant distress
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Mothers with unresolved childhood trauma show blunted amygdala response to infant distress

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has uncovered new clues about the neurobiological effects of mothers’ attachment-related trauma. While the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress disorder has been extensively researched, much less attention has been paid to the neural mechanisms underlying more covert but pervasive types of trauma (e.g., those involving … Continue reading