Mother's genes can influence bacteria in her baby's gut A gene, which is not active in some mothers, produces a breast milk sugar that influences the development of the community of gut bacteria in her infant, researchers have discovered. The researchers emphasized that the finding does not suggest that breast milk from mothers without an active copy of the gene is less nourishing or healthy. Rather, it conveys the subtle and elegant choreography of one part of the human microbiome: The relationships between the mothers' genetics, the composition of her breast milk and the development of her infant's gut microbiota. It also reveals clues for enriching desirable bacteria in populations at risk of intestinal diseases -- such as preemies.
Intrauterine exposure to maternal gestational diabetes linked with risk of autism Among a group of more than 320,000 children, intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed by 26 weeks' gestation was associated with risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to a new study. Maternal pre-existing type 2 diabetes was not significantly associated with risk of ASD in offspring.
New IVF device may improve fertility treatment Scientists have developed a technique to more effectively grow and screen embryos prior to implantation.
New technologies will help prevent preterm labor, provide safer labor process Preventing preterm labor with light and inducing labor using a side effect-free drug are two new technologies based research that is heading to the marketplace.