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Unwinding ovarian clock to understand fertility

Unwinding ovarian clock to understand fertility

January 28, 2016

Researchers at the School of Medicine and Dentistry have uncovered the cell in the ovary that governs the timing of ovulation. This finding could unlock clues to remedy infertility among people who have altered sleep schedules due to shift work or frequent jet lag, for example.

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Toxic chemicals may weaken infants’ response to TB vaccine

Toxic chemicals may weaken infants’ response to TB vaccine

December 18, 2015

The study focused on two common toxins: PCBs, an industrial chemical; and DDT, used in pesticides. These so-called “persistent” pollutants are not easily broken down and remain a health threat years after being banned.

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Maternal exposure to anti-depressants linked to autism in children

Maternal exposure to anti-depressants linked to autism in children

December 17, 2015

Surveys have shown that the use of SSRIs in pregnant women is rising in the United States – from less than 6 percent in 1999 to 13 percent in 2003 – and (Susan Hyman) emphasized that the overwhelming majority of them do not have children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Maternal exposure to anti-depressant SSRIs linked to autism in children

Maternal exposure to anti-depressant SSRIs linked to autism in children

December 14, 2015

“We would not want people to feel guilty,” said (Susan) Hyman, a professor of neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

November 5, 2015

Sex differences in human health and disease are well-documented. Recent animal studies suggest that these sex differences may begin in a mother’s womb.

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Lower air pollution, higher birth weight

Lower air pollution, higher birth weight

May 5, 2015

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. “The results of this study demonstrate a clear association between changes in air pollutant concentrations and birth weight,” said associate professor David Q. Rich, an epidemiologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Chinese babies born during pollution-light Olympics heavier

Chinese babies born during pollution-light Olympics heavier

April 29, 2015

Women in the Chinese capital in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics — when officials strictly controlled air pollution — gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the city was smoggier, a study said Wednesday.

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Benefits of breathing: Beijing’s Olympic babies born heavier, study finds

Benefits of breathing: Beijing’s Olympic babies born heavier, study finds

April 29, 2015

A study released in a scientific journal on Tuesday finds that women who were pregnant during the 2008 Beijing Olympics – when aggressive measures by the Chinese government over a seven-week period significantly reduced air pollution – gave birth to heavier and presumably healthier babies.

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Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

April 28, 2015

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. Late pregnancy is a particularly important period of fetal growth, and the study suggests pollution may interfere with this period of development.

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