pregnancy

Pathways by Which Stress May Affect Pregnancy Outcomes, Maternal Health and Fetal Development

Pathways by Which Stress May Affect Pregnancy Outcomes, Maternal Health and Fetal Development

In a recent review article in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Lisa Christian discusses some biological mechanisms linking stress with maternal health, pregnancy outcomes and fetal development, focusing on peripheral immune markers, and stress reactivity and inflammatory processes during pregnancy Preterm delivery affects 12–13% of birth in the US, versus 5–9% in other developed […]

High Levels of IFN-Gamma, IL-4 and IL-5 in Mothers Bearing Autistic Children

High Levels of IFN-Gamma, IL-4 and IL-5 in Mothers Bearing Autistic Children

A study by Paula E Goines et al., published in Molecular Autism, indicates that divergent cytokine profiles are expressed in serum samples taken during the second trimester of pregnancy from i) mothers bearing a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); ii) a child with a developmental delay (DD) other than ASD; or iii) a child from the […]

Pregnancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pregnancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Overview article Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, chronic inflammatory disorder, characterized by symmetrical polyarthritis and presence of extra-articular manifestations including subcutaneous nodules, lung disease, pericarditis, hematopoietic disturbances, neuropathy, and vasculitis. RA occurs in 0.5 to 1% of the population with a female to male ratio of 3:1 and with an increasing incidence with advancing […]

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