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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Prenatal Research: Exposure to common flame retardants may contribute to attention problems in children ♦ Climate change negatively affects birth weight,

Climate change negatively affects birth weight, From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, the consequences of climate change and strategies to mitigate such consequences are often a hotly debated topic. A new study adds to the ever-growing list of negative impacts climate change can have on humans--low birth weight.
Exposure to common flame retardants may contribute to attention problems in children Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in young children. A new study is the first to show the effects of prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers on children's development at ages 3, 4, and 7 years. Children with the highest exposure to certain PBDEs had approximately twice the number of maternally-reported attention problems . PBDEs are found in textiles, plastics, wiring, and furniture containing polyurethane foam to reduce flammability.
Highly sensitive sensors successfully map electrical patterns of embryonic heart Highly sensitive sensors have been successfully used to map the electrical activity of the developing heart in embryos, scientists report. The study could lead to new insight into how heart rhythm abnormalities develop.
Prenatal maternal iron intake shown to affect the neonatal brain In the first study of its kind, researchers have shown that inadequate maternal iron intake during pregnancy exerts subtle effects on infant brain development.

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