Children's Health Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Birth by C-section more than doubles odds of measles vaccine failure      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Birth by C-section more than doubles odds of measles vaccine failure. Researchers say it is vital that children born by caesarean section receive two doses of the measles vaccine for robust protection against the disease.

Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Study shows heightened sensitivity to PTSD in autism      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study shows that a mild stress is enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mouse models of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers demonstrated that the two disorders share a reciprocal relationship, identifying a predisposition to PTSD in ASD, and discovering that core autism traits are worsened when traumatic memories are formed.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Parenting
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Teens who view their homes as more chaotic than their siblings have poorer mental health in adulthood      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Adolescents who view their households as more unstructured, disorganized, or hectic than their siblings develop more mental health and behavioral problems in early adulthood, according to new research.

Depression Mental Health Research Today's Healthcare
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New guidelines for depression care emphasize patient-centred approach      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Psychiatrists and mental health professionals have a new standard for managing major depression, thanks to refreshed clinical guidelines.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Parenting
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Children sleep problems associated with psychosis in young adults      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Children who experience chronic lack of sleep from infancy may be at increased risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood, new research shows.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Childhood maltreatment responsible for up to 40 percent of mental health conditions      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study has found the widespread impact of child abuse and neglect, with analysis suggesting they cause nearly half of common mental conditions. Researchers say childhood maltreatment should be treated as a public health priority.

Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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How psychedelic drugs interact with serotonin receptors to potentially produce therapeutic benefits      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have shed valuable light on the complex mechanisms by which a class of psychedelic drugs binds to and activates serotonin receptors to produce potential therapeutic effects in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Breastfeeding Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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A new mother's immune status varies with her feeding strategy      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In one of the first studies of its kind, UC Santa Barbara researchers have found that the immune status of postpartum mothers shifts with how she feeds her baby. Certain inflammatory proteins -- substances that are secreted as part of an immune response -- peak at different times of day, correlating with whether the mothers breastfeed, pump or formula-feed their babies.

Depression Mental Health Research
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New device that emits magnetic field may offer hope for treating depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In an exploratory clinical trial, four male patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder underwent eight weeks of treatment with a device that generates a low-frequency ultralow magnetic field environment (ELF-ELME). An improvement in depressive symptoms was observed, with no adverse effects, among all patients. If the efficacy of the device can be confirmed in larger clinical trials with a control group, this therapy could serve as an alternative treatment for patients who do not want to take antidepressant medications.

Chronic Illness Diabetes Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Personalized screening early in pregnancy may improve preeclampsia detection      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Study suggests more extensive screening method in the first trimester of pregnancy may improve detection of preeclampsia.

Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Source of pregnancy complications from infections revealed by placenta map      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The placenta's response to infections from malaria, toxoplasmosis and listeria has been mapped in high resolution, possibly paving the way for new treatment options.

Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Low intensity light to fight the effects of chronic stress      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Some neurological disorders can be improved through photobiomodulation, a non-invasive technique based on the application of low-intensity light to stimulate altered functions in specific regions of the body. Now, a study reveals how photobiomodulation applied to the brain-gut axis is effective in recovering some cognitive alterations and sequelae caused by chronic stress. The study opens up new perspectives for applying the technique in future therapies for the treatment of neurological diseases in patients.

Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Cell contractions drive the initial shaping of human embryos      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Human embryo compaction, an essential step in the first days of an embryo's development, is driven by the contractility of its cells. These results contradict the presupposed driving role of cell adhesion in this phenomenon and pave the way for improved assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Father's gut microbes affect the next generation      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers changed the composition of the gut microbiota in male mice through common antibiotics, inducing a condition called dysbiosis, and found that: - Mouse pups sired by a dysbiotic father show significantly lower birth weight, and have increased risk of growth disorders and postnatal mortality.

Depression Menopause Mental Health Research Women's Health - General
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Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women are 40% more likely to experience depression in the perimenopause than those who aren't experiencing any menopausal symptoms, finds a new study.

Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Discovery of an atypical heat shock factor, HSF5, involved in meiotic mechanisms: Implications for male infertility      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have identified a novel Heat Shock Factor (HSF), designated as HSF5, which plays a crucial role in the completion of meiosis and the activation of genes essential for sperm formation. This discovery provides valuable insights into underlying causes of spermatogenic failure, the major contributor to male infertility. Furthermore, unlike other typical Heat Shock Factors, which primarily regulate gene expression in response to stress, such as heat shock, HSF5 plays a specific role in male germ production during meiosis under non-stress conditions.

Birth Defects Child Development Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research
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Pregnancy cytokine levels impact fetal brain development and offspring behavior      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have discovered in a preclinical model that cytokines, proteins that control immune response, circulating in maternal blood during pregnancy may mitigate an offspring's risk for psychiatric conditions. The findings are surprising because circulating maternal cytokines are at such low levels that they were not implicated in fetal brain development and offspring behavior before.

Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Today's Healthcare
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Air pollution and depression linked with heart disease deaths in middle-aged adults      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study in more than 3,000 US counties, with 315 million residents, has suggested that air pollution is linked with stress and depression, putting under-65-year-olds at increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Chronic Illness Depression Fitness Mental Health Research
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Low intensity exercise linked to reduced depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research has found a significant association between participating in low to moderate intensity exercise and reduced rates of depression.

Children's Health Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Dengue fever infections have negative impacts on infant health for three years      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Dengue infections in pregnant women may have a negative impact on the first years of children's lives, new research has found.