Category Archives: Mother

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on maternal and child undernutrition

The COVID-19-related economic crisis and food- and health-system disruptions threaten to exacerbate undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). We used three modelling tools (MIRAGRODEP, Lives Saved Tool, and Optima Nutrition Tool) to estimate impacts on child stunting, wasting, and … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Stress May Lead to Preterm Births, Faster Aging in Children

Stress in women either before or during pregnancy can increase the risk of preterm birth and accelerate aging in their offspring. Why do some people age faster than others? One potential answer, a new UCLA-led study indicates, is that a … Continue reading

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Neural synchrony in mother-child conversation

Conversations are an essential form of communication in daily family life. Specific patterns of caregiver-child conversations have been linked to children‟s socio-cognitive development and child relationship quality beyond the immediate family environment. Recently, interpersonal neural synchronization has been proposed as a neural mechanism … Continue reading

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Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain

Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention. We live in a medicated era. Recent data indicate that more than half of Americans are currently taking prescription drugs. Among … Continue reading

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Even Brief Maternal Deprivation Early in Life Alters Adult Brain Function and Cognition

Babies removed from their mothers for 24 hours when they were 9 days old exhibited significant behavioral and brain structural abnormalities in adulthood, a new study reports. Researchers noted memory impairment and less communication between specific brain regions in those … Continue reading

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Pregnant Mothers and Offspring Should Limit Added Sugars in Diet to Protect Childhood Cognition

Researchers warn pregnant women and their children to avoid drinking too many sodas, as excessive amounts of sugar in these drinks can negatively impact memory and learning. However, consuming fruits appears to be beneficial for cognitive development, the study reports. … Continue reading

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Breast-Feeding Moms Who Consume Too Much Fructose Sweetener Likely to Have Obese Kids

Mothers who drink an excessive amount of fructose-sweetened beverages during pregnancy or breast-feeding may be likelier to have children—at least sons—who are more prone to becoming overweight and developing Type 2 diabetes, authors of a new study reported. The study, … Continue reading

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Neuroscience: Mum’s bacteria linked to baby’s behaviour

Infection during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopmental isorders, such as autism, in offspring. Mouse studies now reveal a link between gut bacteria and typical brain-circuit connections. Animal studies and epidemiological analysis in humans have shown that if a mother is infected by certain … Continue reading

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Stress for the mother affects the baby through amniotic fluid

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an … Continue reading

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Older Mothers Are Better Mothers

Children of older mothers tend to experience fewer behavioral, emotional and social problems at the ages of 7 and 11, a new study reports. Children of older mothers have fewer behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. The result should be seen … Continue reading

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