Bacterial infection in pregnancy may up autism risk in kids

Bacterial infection in pregnancy may up autism risk in kids

New York, September 14 (IANS) Babies born to mothers who experience a bacterial infection severe enough to require hospitalisation during pregnancy may be at higher risk of developing autism, a study has found.   The study, conducted on mice, revealed that the composition of bacterial populations in the mother’s digestive tract can influence whether maternal […]

Hot weather may up risk of diabetes in pregnancy

Hot weather may up risk of diabetes in pregnancy

Toronto, May 15 (IANS) Pregnantwomen should not expose themselves to temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius or above, as they would run the risk of developing gestational diabetes, researchers said.   In comparison, women who remained in colder climates with temperatures averaging minus 10 degrees or colder, stood less chances of developing the disease, a study […]

Obesity during pregnancy may up kids’ risk of epilepsy

Obesity during pregnancy may up kids’ risk of epilepsy

London, April 4 (IANS) Women who are overweight or obese during their pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for children developing epilepsy, a study has showed.   Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.   The results showed that the risk of epilepsy increased by 11 […]

Maternal Vitamin D levels may prevent autism in kids

Maternal Vitamin D levels may prevent autism in kids

Sydney, March 18 (IANS) Intake of Vitamin D supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy is likely to prevent the development of autism traits in children, researchers found in a study on mice.   Autism — or autism spectrum disorder — describes lifelong developmental disabilities including difficulty or inability to communicate with others and interact […]

Liquorice during pregnancy bad for kids’ brain

Liquorice during pregnancy bad for kids’ brain

London, February 4 (IANS) Eating large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy may adversely affect the development of your child’s brain, a new study warns.   Liquorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (also known as Athimathuram in India) from which a sweet flavour can be extracted.   In the study, carried out by Professor Katri […]

Planned pregnancy can help 90% epileptic women have healthy babies

Planned pregnancy can help 90% epileptic women have healthy babies

New Delhi, November 19 (IANS) Planned pregnancy can help 90 per cent of epileptic women deliver healthy babies, said doctors.   During pregnancy, despite ongoing treatment, some epileptic women may experience seizures which can affect their health and that of their babies.   Yet, if properly managed, the risks are almost negligible, doctors said.   […]

Why eating fish during pregnancy improves child’s brain

Why eating fish during pregnancy improves child’s brain

Tokyo, (IANS) The co-relation between eating fish during pregnancy and the health of the baby’s brain has been established by researchers from Tohoku University in Japan.   The study revealed that omega-6 and omega-3 balance is important for future brain function and reinforced earlier suggestions that maternal intake of fish during pregnancy boosts the health […]