One more reason to focus on prenatal care – stronger muscles for newborn babies
Articles / nutrition / Prenatal

One more reason to focus on prenatal care – stronger muscles for newborn babies

Born too soon, she weighed just over 1 pound at birth and spent the first three months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit, fighting to live. This tiny baby survived under the care of skilled medical professionals and was sent home with her teenage mother. Today, she’s a high school student enrolled … Continue reading

A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice
Articles / behavior / diet / Microbiome / Prenatal

A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice

The absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report June 16 in Cell that by adding this bacterial species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms … Continue reading

Born to run? Study suggests love of exercise starts in the womb
Articles / Prenatal

Born to run? Study suggests love of exercise starts in the womb

By Ana María Rodríguez, Ph.D. When pregnant female mice exercise their offspring receive an unexpected benefit; they tend to be more physically active than mice born to mothers that did not exercise during pregnancy. The research appears in The FASEB Journal. Dr. Robert A. Waterland, associate professor of pediatrics – nutrition and of molecular and … Continue reading

Diet at conception could have long-lasting effects
Articles / Cancer / diet / epigenetics / Genetics / nutrition / Prenatal

Diet at conception could have long-lasting effects

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. What a mother eats around the time of conception can have a lifelong effect on how certain of her child’s genes function. For example, a gene that affects the risk of developing cancer can be “tagged” when a mother eats a certain diet, said an international collaboration of researchers that includes … Continue reading