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"Globally, remaining tropical forests are being rapidly cleared, particularly in countries like the Solomon Islands where commercial logging accounts for about 18 percent of government revenue, and at least 60 percent of exports while providing the largest number of formal sector jobs. However, the loss of native forests has huge ecological and social consequences, many of which are poorly documented.
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A team of researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other groups have found that increasing land clearing for logging in Solomon Islands-even with best management strategies in place -- will lead to unsustainable levels of soil erosion and significant impacts to downstream water quality.
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Combined, these impacts will compromise the integrity of the land for future agricultural uses, interrupt access to clean drinking water and degrade important downstream ecosystems.
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The researchers published the results of the study in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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The work focused on Kolombangara Island, where efforts are underway to create a national park to safeguard unlogged forests above 400 meters that have both cultural and ecological significance.
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More broadly, the findings demonstrate that national policies for logging practice must explicitly link soil erosion reduction strategies to natural and ecological thresholds, otherwise they will be ineffective at minimizing impacts..."
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#awareness #humanrights #environment #solomonislands #tropical #island #logging #deforestation #water #government #sustainability #ecology #eco #naturelovers #tropics #motherearth #soil #naturephotography #nature #trees #ecosystem #Indigenous
"Globally, remaining tropical forests are being rapidly cleared, particularly in countries like the Solomon Islands where commercial logging accounts for about 18 percent of government revenue, and at least 60 percent of exports while providing the largest number of formal sector jobs. However, the loss of native forests has huge ecological and social consequences, many of which are poorly documented. # A team of researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other groups have found that increasing land clearing for logging in Solomon Islands-even with best management strategies in place -- will lead to unsustainable levels of soil erosion and significant impacts to downstream water quality. # Combined, these impacts will compromise the integrity of the land for future agricultural uses, interrupt access to clean drinking water and degrade important downstream ecosystems. # The researchers published the results of the study in the journal Environmental Research Letters. # The work focused on Kolombangara Island, where efforts are underway to create a national park to safeguard unlogged forests above 400 meters that have both cultural and ecological significance. # More broadly, the findings demonstrate that national policies for logging practice must explicitly link soil erosion reduction strategies to natural and ecological thresholds, otherwise they will be ineffective at minimizing impacts..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #environment  #solomonislands  #tropical  #island  #logging  #deforestation  #water  #government  #sustainability  #ecology  #eco  #naturelovers  #tropics  #motherearth  #soil  #naturephotography  #nature  #trees  #ecosystem  #Indigenous 
"Moringa plant is rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins especially vitamin A, C, and E. Moringa has antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals and molecules that cause cell damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress. 🌿
It is used to fight inflammation because it has properties which suppress inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. It is also effective in reducing glucose and lipid levels in the blood which is beneficial to the cardiovascular system. 🌿
Moringa leaves and flowers are rich in polyphenols which helps to protect the liver against oxidation, damage, and toxicity. It is a traditional medicine in the treatment of the following conditions or alleviating symptoms of some of these conditions:
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Anemia, Arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism), Asthma, Cancer, Constipation, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Epilepsy, Fluid retention, Headache, Heart problems, High blood pressure, Intestinal spasms, Kidney stones, Stomach pain, Stomach and intestinal ulcers, Thyroid disorders. 🌿
Treatment of infections (bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections) and abscesses. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is used as topical treatment of skin as a drying agent (astringent) or as a germ killer. 🌿
It is also applied to wounds because it has blood clotting properties that help in wound healing. Smoothies made from Moringa also helps in energy release. Used to treat fatigue. It is good for the eyes to maintain good vision."
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#awareness #moringa #medicine #medicinal #medicinalplants #plantbased #plants #health #healthy #tired #anemia #thyroid #hearthealthy #vegan #tea #herbalist #herbs #skin #eatwell #smoothie #headache #leaves #flowers #Indigenous #upsetstomach #vitamins
"Moringa plant is rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins especially vitamin A, C, and E. Moringa has antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals and molecules that cause cell damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress. 🌿 It is used to fight inflammation because it has properties which suppress inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. It is also effective in reducing glucose and lipid levels in the blood which is beneficial to the cardiovascular system. 🌿 Moringa leaves and flowers are rich in polyphenols which helps to protect the liver against oxidation, damage, and toxicity. It is a traditional medicine in the treatment of the following conditions or alleviating symptoms of some of these conditions: 🌿 Anemia, Arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism), Asthma, Cancer, Constipation, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Epilepsy, Fluid retention, Headache, Heart problems, High blood pressure, Intestinal spasms, Kidney stones, Stomach pain, Stomach and intestinal ulcers, Thyroid disorders. 🌿 Treatment of infections (bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections) and abscesses. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is used as topical treatment of skin as a drying agent (astringent) or as a germ killer. 🌿 It is also applied to wounds because it has blood clotting properties that help in wound healing. Smoothies made from Moringa also helps in energy release. Used to treat fatigue. It is good for the eyes to maintain good vision." # # #awareness  #moringa  #medicine  #medicinal  #medicinalplants  #plantbased  #plants  #health  #healthy  #tired  #anemia  #thyroid  #hearthealthy  #vegan  #tea  #herbalist  #herbs  #skin  #eatwell  #smoothie  #headache  #leaves  #flowers  #Indigenous  #upsetstomach  #vitamins 
"Some of the basic rules of keeping your teeth clean are to brush them at least twice a week and eat foods that help keep them white and strong. While most of us vouch for commercial toothpastes, there are some who turn to ‘gharelu nuskhe’ or home remedies to maintain oral hygiene. 
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One of the age-old home remedies used was that of mustard oil and salt. A mixture of these two ingredients made a thorough cleanser for teeth.
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Mustard oil and salt is an age-old home remedy that is used to clean your gums and remove the plaque on your teeth. Salt acts as a mild abrasive that helps remove strain and brighten teeth. 
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Moreover, it contains a natural source of fluoride, which is a bonus for your teeth and gums. On the other hand, mustard oil helps strengthen your gums and makes it easier to remove the plaque. Plaque is generally formed due to bacteria that is surrounded by fatty membranes. 
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Swishing mustard oil can help loosen the fat soluble bacteria and further avoid gum bleeding. Using both these ingredients can reduce gum inflammation and control bleeding to some extent.
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All you need to do is to take a pinch of salt or rock salt, also known as sendha namak and add some mustard oil to it. If you put common salt in mustard oil, you may have to put it under the sun for about two to three hours to make it iodine free. 
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You can also add a pinch of turmeric to salt and mustard oil mixture. Take the mixture and massage it on your gums and teeth using your index finger. Massage for about two minutes and close your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Use this mixture regularly..."
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#awareness #teeth #toothpaste #toothbrush #tooth #gums #salt #healthyteeth #oralhealth #naturopath #pregnancy #teethwhitening #natural #medicinal #health #vegan #gumdisease #mouth #mouthwash #plantsheal #dentist #dentistry #dentistoffice #healthymouth #smile #beautifulsmile
"Some of the basic rules of keeping your teeth clean are to brush them at least twice a week and eat foods that help keep them white and strong. While most of us vouch for commercial toothpastes, there are some who turn to ‘gharelu nuskhe’ or home remedies to maintain oral hygiene. # One of the age-old home remedies used was that of mustard oil and salt. A mixture of these two ingredients made a thorough cleanser for teeth. # Mustard oil and salt is an age-old home remedy that is used to clean your gums and remove the plaque on your teeth. Salt acts as a mild abrasive that helps remove strain and brighten teeth. # Moreover, it contains a natural source of fluoride, which is a bonus for your teeth and gums. On the other hand, mustard oil helps strengthen your gums and makes it easier to remove the plaque. Plaque is generally formed due to bacteria that is surrounded by fatty membranes. # Swishing mustard oil can help loosen the fat soluble bacteria and further avoid gum bleeding. Using both these ingredients can reduce gum inflammation and control bleeding to some extent. # All you need to do is to take a pinch of salt or rock salt, also known as sendha namak and add some mustard oil to it. If you put common salt in mustard oil, you may have to put it under the sun for about two to three hours to make it iodine free. # You can also add a pinch of turmeric to salt and mustard oil mixture. Take the mixture and massage it on your gums and teeth using your index finger. Massage for about two minutes and close your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Use this mixture regularly..." # # #awareness  #teeth  #toothpaste  #toothbrush  #tooth  #gums  #salt  #healthyteeth  #oralhealth  #naturopath  #pregnancy  #teethwhitening  #natural  #medicinal  #health  #vegan  #gumdisease  #mouth  #mouthwash  #plantsheal  #dentist  #dentistry  #dentistoffice  #healthymouth  #smile  #beautifulsmile 
"Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research.
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The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during peripartum, a term meaning shortly before or after childbirth.
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While maternal strokes are rare – only about 30 of every 100,000 pregnancies – they carry a high rate of fatality.
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Researchers studied data from nearly 2.8 million women admitted to hospitals to give birth in California, New York and Florida from 2007 to 2011 – including 455 patients who suffered a stroke during their stay.
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Researchers concluded the women were 1.74 times more likely to suffer a stroke if, when they were admitted, they had any type of infection, including urinary tract, gastrointestinal, respiratory, sexually transmitted, and sepsis, a life-threatening infection in the bloodstream.
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Miller said the women with urinary tract infections were 2.56 times as likely to suffer a stroke during their hospital stay, and those with the sepsis were 10.4 times as likely.
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Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, a neurologist and director of the Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, applauded researchers for looking at the connection between inflammation and stroke among women giving birth.
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#awareness #pregnantbelly #pregnant #pregnancy #csection #normalizebirth #doula #midwife #doulalife #naturalbirth #homebirth #stroke #strokeawareness #fitandpregnant #fitpregnancy #postpartum #momblog #pregnancystyle #37weekspregnant #40weekspregnant #duedate #dueinmay  #momtobe #obgyn
"Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. # The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during peripartum, a term meaning shortly before or after childbirth. # While maternal strokes are rare – only about 30 of every 100,000 pregnancies – they carry a high rate of fatality. # Researchers studied data from nearly 2.8 million women admitted to hospitals to give birth in California, New York and Florida from 2007 to 2011 – including 455 patients who suffered a stroke during their stay. # Researchers concluded the women were 1.74 times more likely to suffer a stroke if, when they were admitted, they had any type of infection, including urinary tract, gastrointestinal, respiratory, sexually transmitted, and sepsis, a life-threatening infection in the bloodstream. # Miller said the women with urinary tract infections were 2.56 times as likely to suffer a stroke during their hospital stay, and those with the sepsis were 10.4 times as likely. # Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, a neurologist and director of the Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, applauded researchers for looking at the connection between inflammation and stroke among women giving birth. # # #awareness  #pregnantbelly  #pregnant  #pregnancy  #csection  #normalizebirth  #doula  #midwife  #doulalife  #naturalbirth  #homebirth  #stroke  #strokeawareness  #fitandpregnant  #fitpregnancy  #postpartum  #momblog  #pregnancystyle  #37weekspregnant  #40weekspregnant  #duedate  #dueinmay  #momtobe  #obgyn 
"A study led by the University of Birmingham suggests a possible association between exposure to certain pollutants and an increased risk of so-called 'cot death'.
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The research, published in BMJ Open and carried out in collaboration with the University of Oulu in Finland and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia in Africa, examines the relationship between the effects of short-term variations in air pollution and the onset of cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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The study found evidence suggesting an association between SIDS and exposure to larger particulate matter (airborne pollutants) called PM10, as well as nitrous dioxide (NO2). The researchers looked at levels of air pollution the day before a SIDS death and compared them to levels on a previous reference day. The study involved over 200 SIDS cases in the West Midlands, between 1996 and 2006.
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The research found an increased risk for SIDS two days after exposure to NO2, while exposure to PM10 was shown to have an effect for up to five days after exposure.
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In terms of what parents can do to reduce the effects of exposure to pollution on their child, the study's authors draw attention to advice that suggests staying indoors on days with higher levels of pollution, as well as cleaning systems for air in the home such as air purifiers, though these can be expensive..."
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#awareness #humanrights #pollution #airquality #air #newborn #baby #babies #children #motherhood #momblog #driving #citylife #summer #hotday #sunprotection #forestfire #vancouver #toronto #newyork #newmom #home #sids #sidsawareness #infant #infantloss #stroller
"A study led by the University of Birmingham suggests a possible association between exposure to certain pollutants and an increased risk of so-called 'cot death'. # The research, published in BMJ Open and carried out in collaboration with the University of Oulu in Finland and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia in Africa, examines the relationship between the effects of short-term variations in air pollution and the onset of cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). # The study found evidence suggesting an association between SIDS and exposure to larger particulate matter (airborne pollutants) called PM10, as well as nitrous dioxide (NO2). The researchers looked at levels of air pollution the day before a SIDS death and compared them to levels on a previous reference day. The study involved over 200 SIDS cases in the West Midlands, between 1996 and 2006. # The research found an increased risk for SIDS two days after exposure to NO2, while exposure to PM10 was shown to have an effect for up to five days after exposure. # In terms of what parents can do to reduce the effects of exposure to pollution on their child, the study's authors draw attention to advice that suggests staying indoors on days with higher levels of pollution, as well as cleaning systems for air in the home such as air purifiers, though these can be expensive..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #pollution  #airquality  #air  #newborn  #baby  #babies  #children  #motherhood  #momblog  #driving  #citylife  #summer  #hotday  #sunprotection  #forestfire  #vancouver  #toronto  #newyork  #newmom  #home  #sids  #sidsawareness  #infant  #infantloss  #stroller 
"A few weeks into her third trimester, Stephanie May, 32, called her OB-GYN. When she woke up, she was in full-on labor and rushed to the emergency room. By the next morning, her daughter Evie was born — nine weeks early. May saw her for about a second before the newborn was whisked up to the neonatal intensive care unit while May stayed behind on the delivery table, stunned. 
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“When they finally took me up to see her, she was hooked up to all these monitors. I couldn’t see her face. I couldn’t feel her skin. I didn’t know what to do,” May recalled. “My first reaction was to try not to feel anything ... I was so afraid I was going to fall in love with this baby and then she would be gone.”
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Over the next 54 days, May did her best to adapt to the peculiar rhythms of the NICU. But as the days wore on, May felt herself being pulled under by anxiety and depression. She worried every time someone coughed or cleared their throat. She worried they would never leave the hospital.
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Based on the most conservative of estimates, 11 percent of moms in the United States suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD), and postpartum anxiety may be even more common. But NICU moms suffer from postpartum mood issues at much higher rates. 
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There are no hard and fast numbers, but studies have suggested that up to 70 percent of women whose babies spend time in the NICU experience some degree of postpartum depression, while up to one-quarter may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder..."
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#awareness #humanrights #nicu #nicunurse #postpartum #postpartumbody #helpme #preemie #preemiepower #ppd #normalisepnd #postpartumfitness #postpartumdepression #newborn #mentalhealth #depression #depressed #anxiety #motherhood #momblog #ptsdrecovery #ptsd #ptsdawareness #newmom #csection #prematurebaby
"A few weeks into her third trimester, Stephanie May, 32, called her OB-GYN. When she woke up, she was in full-on labor and rushed to the emergency room. By the next morning, her daughter Evie was born — nine weeks early. May saw her for about a second before the newborn was whisked up to the neonatal intensive care unit while May stayed behind on the delivery table, stunned.  # “When they finally took me up to see her, she was hooked up to all these monitors. I couldn’t see her face. I couldn’t feel her skin. I didn’t know what to do,” May recalled. “My first reaction was to try not to feel anything ... I was so afraid I was going to fall in love with this baby and then she would be gone.” # Over the next 54 days, May did her best to adapt to the peculiar rhythms of the NICU. But as the days wore on, May felt herself being pulled under by anxiety and depression. She worried every time someone coughed or cleared their throat. She worried they would never leave the hospital. # Based on the most conservative of estimates, 11 percent of moms in the United States suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD), and postpartum anxiety may be even more common. But NICU moms suffer from postpartum mood issues at much higher rates. # There are no hard and fast numbers, but studies have suggested that up to 70 percent of women whose babies spend time in the NICU experience some degree of postpartum depression, while up to one-quarter may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #nicu  #nicunurse  #postpartum  #postpartumbody  #helpme  #preemie  #preemiepower  #ppd  #normalisepnd  #postpartumfitness  #postpartumdepression  #newborn  #mentalhealth  #depression  #depressed  #anxiety  #motherhood  #momblog  #ptsdrecovery  #ptsd  #ptsdawareness  #newmom  #csection  #prematurebaby 
"Researchers used an experimental molecular therapy in preclinical laboratory tests to effectively treat several types of deadly pediatric brain cancer and now propose advancing the treatment to clinical testing in children
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Scientists at the Cincinnati Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute report in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics testing the small molecule 6-thio-2'deoxyguanosine (6-thio-dG) in brain cancer stem cells derived from tumor cells donated by patients. Researchers also tested the treatment in humanized mouse models of pediatric brain cancer.
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The cancers include intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), high-grade glioma (HGG) and high-risk medulloblastoma (MB). In preclinical laboratory tests, the targeted molecular therapy crossed the body's protective blood-brain barrier in mouse models—causing extensive DNA damage in cancer cells and stopping or slowing two untreatable types of pediatric brain cancer. 
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The therapy did not affect non-cancerous cells in the animals, according to the scientists. The therapeutic benefits of 6-thio-dG continued in the animals after treatment was ended.
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"These findings show that 6-thio-dG is a promising novel approach to treat therapy resistant pediatric brain tumors and they provide a rationale for clinical testing of this treatment in children with brain tumors," said Rachid Drissi, PhD, a senior study investigator in the Division of Oncology..."
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#childhoodcancer #dipgawareness #dipg #gogoldforchildhoodcancer #morethan4 #brain #medulloblastoma #chemo #cancersucks #humanrights #healthychildren #pediatriccancer #oncology #immunesystem #braincancer #childrenshospital #gonetoosoon #braintumor #cancersurvivor #kidsgetcancertoo
"Researchers used an experimental molecular therapy in preclinical laboratory tests to effectively treat several types of deadly pediatric brain cancer and now propose advancing the treatment to clinical testing in children # Scientists at the Cincinnati Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute report in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics testing the small molecule 6-thio-2'deoxyguanosine (6-thio-dG) in brain cancer stem cells derived from tumor cells donated by patients. Researchers also tested the treatment in humanized mouse models of pediatric brain cancer. # The cancers include intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), high-grade glioma (HGG) and high-risk medulloblastoma (MB). In preclinical laboratory tests, the targeted molecular therapy crossed the body's protective blood-brain barrier in mouse models—causing extensive DNA damage in cancer cells and stopping or slowing two untreatable types of pediatric brain cancer. # The therapy did not affect non-cancerous cells in the animals, according to the scientists. The therapeutic benefits of 6-thio-dG continued in the animals after treatment was ended. # "These findings show that 6-thio-dG is a promising novel approach to treat therapy resistant pediatric brain tumors and they provide a rationale for clinical testing of this treatment in children with brain tumors," said Rachid Drissi, PhD, a senior study investigator in the Division of Oncology..." # # #awareness  #childhoodcancerawareness  #childhoodcancer  #dipgawareness  #dipg  #gogoldforchildhoodcancer  #morethan4  #brain  #medulloblastoma  #chemo  #cancersucks  #humanrights  #healthychildren  #pediatriccancer  #oncology  #immunesystem  #braincancer  #childrenshospital  #gonetoosoon  #braintumor  #cancersurvivor  #kidsgetcancertoo 
"The findings are published in the April issue of Child Development. Researchers surveyed approximately 900 healthy children and their mothers living in Santiago, Chile at five-year intervals from the child's infancy through age 16. 
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They observed how affectionate and responsive mothers were to their children at each age period, as well as how much mothers provided age-appropriate learning materials. Children were assessed on verbal cognitive abilities using standardized IQ tests during each assessment. Mothers were tested for symptoms of depression.
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"We found that mothers who were highly depressed didn't invest emotionally or in providing learning materials to support their child, such as toys and books, as much as mothers who were not depressed. This, in turn, impacted the child's IQ at ages 1, 5, 10 and 16," said Patricia East, PhD, research scientist with the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. "The consistency and longevity of these results speak to the enduring effect that depression has on a mother's parenting and her child's development."
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Throughout the study period, at least half of the mothers were determined to be depressed based on a questionnaire with questions like, "Are you sad?" and "Do you find yourself crying?"
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"For mothers in the study, there were many stressors in their lives. Most of the mothers, while literate, had only nine years of education, were not employed outside the home and often lived with extended family in small, crowded homes—factors that likely contributed to their depression," said East. "Many mothers suffer from depression in the first six months after childbirth, but for some, depression lingers."..."
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#awareness #humanrights #postpartum #postpartumdepression #ppd #normalisepnd #mentalhealth #motherhood #momblog #parenting #mommyandme #depression #depressed #mama #children #childhood #mothers #doula #family #poverty #normalizebirth #midwife #sisters #fatherhood #father #dad #postnataldepression
"The findings are published in the April issue of Child Development. Researchers surveyed approximately 900 healthy children and their mothers living in Santiago, Chile at five-year intervals from the child's infancy through age 16. # They observed how affectionate and responsive mothers were to their children at each age period, as well as how much mothers provided age-appropriate learning materials. Children were assessed on verbal cognitive abilities using standardized IQ tests during each assessment. Mothers were tested for symptoms of depression. # "We found that mothers who were highly depressed didn't invest emotionally or in providing learning materials to support their child, such as toys and books, as much as mothers who were not depressed. This, in turn, impacted the child's IQ at ages 1, 5, 10 and 16," said Patricia East, PhD, research scientist with the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. "The consistency and longevity of these results speak to the enduring effect that depression has on a mother's parenting and her child's development." # Throughout the study period, at least half of the mothers were determined to be depressed based on a questionnaire with questions like, "Are you sad?" and "Do you find yourself crying?" # "For mothers in the study, there were many stressors in their lives. Most of the mothers, while literate, had only nine years of education, were not employed outside the home and often lived with extended family in small, crowded homes—factors that likely contributed to their depression," said East. "Many mothers suffer from depression in the first six months after childbirth, but for some, depression lingers."..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #postpartum  #postpartumdepression  #ppd  #normalisepnd  #mentalhealth  #motherhood  #momblog  #parenting  #mommyandme  #depression  #depressed  #mama  #children  #childhood  #mothers  #doula  #family  #poverty  #normalizebirth  #midwife  #sisters  #fatherhood  #father  #dad  #postnataldepression 
"It's hard for her to fathom now, but mother of two Sharon Loewen, 34, began preparing to leave her family when she experienced postpartum depression three years ago. Loewen's said her outlook turned dark after the birth of her second son Camden.
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She begged her husband, Kelly, to stay awake with her in the night and cried during the day. Later, she became consumed with thoughts her family would be better off without her.
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"I started thinking I could run away. I was trying to build up a supply of frozen breast milk and started thinking in my head I should ween my son on to formula,” said Loewen, who now volunteers with the Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba.
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After calling her husband to come home from work on several occasions, he took a leave, and spent the next four months by her side. Advocates say it helps sufferers to be around other people. The Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba wants to see a central hub set up for moms with psychiatry services and various supports.
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The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba says up to 80 per cent of new moms experience baby blues. This can include crying spells or mood swings, which tend to fade within a week or two. It said when symptoms interfere with a mom's ability to care for her baby and manage other tasks – it's known as post-partum depression..."
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#awareness #humanrights #maternalrights #motherhood #normalisepnd #postpartum #postpartumbody #ppd #mentalhealth #pregnant #pregnancy #mommyandme #momblog #parenting #csection #breastfeeding #normalizebirth #doula #midwife #doulalife #postpartumfitness #postpartumdepression #newborn #newbornphotography
"It's hard for her to fathom now, but mother of two Sharon Loewen, 34, began preparing to leave her family when she experienced postpartum depression three years ago. Loewen's said her outlook turned dark after the birth of her second son Camden. # She begged her husband, Kelly, to stay awake with her in the night and cried during the day. Later, she became consumed with thoughts her family would be better off without her. # "I started thinking I could run away. I was trying to build up a supply of frozen breast milk and started thinking in my head I should ween my son on to formula,” said Loewen, who now volunteers with the Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba. # After calling her husband to come home from work on several occasions, he took a leave, and spent the next four months by her side. Advocates say it helps sufferers to be around other people. The Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba wants to see a central hub set up for moms with psychiatry services and various supports. # The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba says up to 80 per cent of new moms experience baby blues. This can include crying spells or mood swings, which tend to fade within a week or two. It said when symptoms interfere with a mom's ability to care for her baby and manage other tasks – it's known as post-partum depression..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #maternalrights  #motherhood  #normalisepnd  #postpartum  #postpartumbody  #ppd  #mentalhealth  #pregnant  #pregnancy  #mommyandme  #momblog  #parenting  #csection  #breastfeeding  #normalizebirth  #doula  #midwife  #doulalife  #postpartumfitness  #postpartumdepression  #newborn  #newbornphotography 
"Although the vast majority of research on the gut microbiome has focused on bacteria in the large intestine, a new study—one of a few to concentrate on microbes in the upper gastrointestinal tract—shows how the typical calorie-dense western diet can induce expansion of microbes that promote the digestion and absorption of high-fat foods.
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Several studies have shown that these bacteria can multiply within 24 to 48 hours in the small bowel in response to consumption of high-fat foods. The findings from this work suggest that these microbesfacilitate production and secretion of digestive enzymes into the small bowel.
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Those digestive enzymes break down dietary fat, enabling the rapid absorption of calorie-dense foods. Concurrently, the microbes release bioactive compounds. These compounds stimulate the absorptive cells in the intestine to package and transport fat for absorption. Over time, the steady presence of these microbes can lead to over-nutrition and obesity.
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The study involved mice that were germ-free, bred in isolated chambers and harboring no intestinal bacteria, and mice that were "specific pathogen free (SPF)," meaning healthy but harboring common non-disease causing microbes.
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The germ-free mice, even when fed a high-fat diet, were unable to digest or absorb fatty foods. They did not gain weight. Instead, they had elevated lipid levels in their stool.
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SPF mice that received a high-fat diet did gain weight. This diet quickly boosted the abundance of certain microbes in the small intestine, including microbes from the Clostridiaceae and Peptostreptococcaceae families. 
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A member of Clostridiaceae was found to specifically impact fat absorption. The abundance of other bacterial families decreased on a high-fat diet including Bifidobacteriacaea and Bacteriodacaea, which are commonly associated with leanness..."
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#awareness #microbiome #guthealth #healthygut #fat #fatty #fried #friedchicken #oil #coconutoil #tempura #leangains #health #digestion #science #bacteria #diet #atkinsdiet #highfat #highfatlowcarb #donuts #fitnessmotivation #fit #overweight #fries #fattyfood
"Although the vast majority of research on the gut microbiome has focused on bacteria in the large intestine, a new study—one of a few to concentrate on microbes in the upper gastrointestinal tract—shows how the typical calorie-dense western diet can induce expansion of microbes that promote the digestion and absorption of high-fat foods. # Several studies have shown that these bacteria can multiply within 24 to 48 hours in the small bowel in response to consumption of high-fat foods. The findings from this work suggest that these microbesfacilitate production and secretion of digestive enzymes into the small bowel. # Those digestive enzymes break down dietary fat, enabling the rapid absorption of calorie-dense foods. Concurrently, the microbes release bioactive compounds. These compounds stimulate the absorptive cells in the intestine to package and transport fat for absorption. Over time, the steady presence of these microbes can lead to over-nutrition and obesity. # The study involved mice that were germ-free, bred in isolated chambers and harboring no intestinal bacteria, and mice that were "specific pathogen free (SPF)," meaning healthy but harboring common non-disease causing microbes. # The germ-free mice, even when fed a high-fat diet, were unable to digest or absorb fatty foods. They did not gain weight. Instead, they had elevated lipid levels in their stool. # SPF mice that received a high-fat diet did gain weight. This diet quickly boosted the abundance of certain microbes in the small intestine, including microbes from the Clostridiaceae and Peptostreptococcaceae families.  # A member of Clostridiaceae was found to specifically impact fat absorption. The abundance of other bacterial families decreased on a high-fat diet including Bifidobacteriacaea and Bacteriodacaea, which are commonly associated with leanness..." # # #awareness  #microbiome  #guthealth  #healthygut  #fat  #fatty  #fried  #friedchicken  #oil  #coconutoil  #tempura  #leangains  #health  #digestion  #science  #bacteria  #diet  #atkinsdiet  #highfat  #highfatlowcarb  #donuts  #fitnessmotivation  #fit  #overweight  #fries  #fattyfood 
"The ability of babies to differentiate emotional expressions appears to develop during their first six months. But do they really recognise emotion or do they only distinguish the physical characteristics of faces and voices? 
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Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have just provided an initial answer to this question, measuring the ability of six-month-old babies to make a connection between a voice (expressing happiness or anger) and the emotional expression on a face (again, of happiness or anger). The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, show that babies look at an angry face - especially the mouth—for longer if they have previously heard a happy a voice. 
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This reaction to something new demonstrates for the first time that babies have an early ability to transfer emotional information from the auditory mode to the visual.
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Emotions form part of our lives from a young age. Expressing emotions is the first tool available to babies for communicating with those around them. Babies express their emotions through their posture, voice and facial expressions from birth. These attitudes help their carers adapt their behaviour to the baby's emotional state. 
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The results of the study revealed that six-month-olds did not have a preference for either of the emotional faces if they had already heard a neutral voice or a voice expressing anger. On the other hand, they spent longer looking at the face expressing anger—especially its mouth—after hearing a voice expressing happiness. This visual preference for novelty on the part of six-month-olds testifies of their early ability to transfer emotional information about happiness from the auditory to the visual mode..."
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#awareness #baby #babies #parenthood #parenting #motherhood #emotions #6monthsold #anger #happiness #earlychildhood #children #development #face #facialexpressions #voice #psychology #newbaby #newborn #crying #babiesofinstagram #babyphotography #crawling
"The ability of babies to differentiate emotional expressions appears to develop during their first six months. But do they really recognise emotion or do they only distinguish the physical characteristics of faces and voices? # Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have just provided an initial answer to this question, measuring the ability of six-month-old babies to make a connection between a voice (expressing happiness or anger) and the emotional expression on a face (again, of happiness or anger). The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, show that babies look at an angry face - especially the mouth—for longer if they have previously heard a happy a voice. # This reaction to something new demonstrates for the first time that babies have an early ability to transfer emotional information from the auditory mode to the visual. # Emotions form part of our lives from a young age. Expressing emotions is the first tool available to babies for communicating with those around them. Babies express their emotions through their posture, voice and facial expressions from birth. These attitudes help their carers adapt their behaviour to the baby's emotional state.  # The results of the study revealed that six-month-olds did not have a preference for either of the emotional faces if they had already heard a neutral voice or a voice expressing anger. On the other hand, they spent longer looking at the face expressing anger—especially its mouth—after hearing a voice expressing happiness. This visual preference for novelty on the part of six-month-olds testifies of their early ability to transfer emotional information about happiness from the auditory to the visual mode..." # # #awareness  #baby  #babies  #parenthood  #parenting  #motherhood  #emotions  #6monthsold  #anger  #happiness  #earlychildhood  #children  #development  #face  #facialexpressions  #voice  #psychology  #newbaby  #newborn  #crying  #babiesofinstagram  #babyphotography  #crawling 
"A collaboration between investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Khyber Medical University in Pakistan may have discovered how chronic stress experienced early in life increases vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life. 
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In their report published in Translational Psychiatry the researchers describe finding that chronic stress induces a persistent increase in the hormone ghrelin, both in a rat model and in human adolescents. Rats with stress-induced ghrelin elevations were more vulnerable to an excessive fear response long after the stressful experience, a vulnerability that was eliminated by long-term blockade of ghrelin signaling.
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"Ghrelin is called the 'hunger hormone,' and while it does play an important role in appetite, it has many other effects," says Ki Goosens, PhD, of the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, who led the study. "Several teams have shown that repeated stress exposure increases circulating ghrelin levels in many organisms, but those studies examined ghrelin shortly after the stressor exposure ended. 
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Ours is the first to show that traumatic stress increases ghrelin in humans - specifically in adolescent humans - and the first to look at ghrelin elevation over long time periods after the end of the stressor."
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Considerable evidence supports the impact of early-life stress on brain function and on other health outcomes in human adults. Adolescents are known to have increased emotional reactions to their experiences, and stress may enhance that reactivity, increasing vulnerability to several mental health disorders. 
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Since areas of the brain such as the prefrontal cortex that regulate fear-responsive structures including the amygdala continue to develop during adolescence, stress-induced disruption of the developmental process during adolescence could interfere with those regulatory circuits..."
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#awareness #ptsd #stress #youth #ptsdawareness #ptsdrecovery #stressed #children #humanrights #brain #endocrine #psychiatry #neurology #parenthood #parenting #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #emotions #childhood #motherhood #teen #life #momlife #momblog
"A collaboration between investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Khyber Medical University in Pakistan may have discovered how chronic stress experienced early in life increases vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life. # In their report published in Translational Psychiatry the researchers describe finding that chronic stress induces a persistent increase in the hormone ghrelin, both in a rat model and in human adolescents. Rats with stress-induced ghrelin elevations were more vulnerable to an excessive fear response long after the stressful experience, a vulnerability that was eliminated by long-term blockade of ghrelin signaling. # "Ghrelin is called the 'hunger hormone,' and while it does play an important role in appetite, it has many other effects," says Ki Goosens, PhD, of the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, who led the study. "Several teams have shown that repeated stress exposure increases circulating ghrelin levels in many organisms, but those studies examined ghrelin shortly after the stressor exposure ended. # Ours is the first to show that traumatic stress increases ghrelin in humans - specifically in adolescent humans - and the first to look at ghrelin elevation over long time periods after the end of the stressor." # Considerable evidence supports the impact of early-life stress on brain function and on other health outcomes in human adults. Adolescents are known to have increased emotional reactions to their experiences, and stress may enhance that reactivity, increasing vulnerability to several mental health disorders. # Since areas of the brain such as the prefrontal cortex that regulate fear-responsive structures including the amygdala continue to develop during adolescence, stress-induced disruption of the developmental process during adolescence could interfere with those regulatory circuits..." # # #awareness  #ptsd  #stress  #youth  #ptsdawareness  #ptsdrecovery  #stressed  #children  #humanrights  #brain  #endocrine  #psychiatry  #neurology  #parenthood  #parenting  #mentalhealth  #depression  #anxiety  #emotions  #childhood  #motherhood  #teen  #life  #momlife  #momblog 
"The earliest critical genetic changes that can lead to kidney cancer have been mapped by scientists. The first key genetic change occurs in childhood or adolescence, and the resulting cells follow a consistent path to progress into kidney cancer four or five decades later, scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Francis Crick Institute and their collaborators have found.
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The results, reported today (12 April) in Cell, suggest that whilst most of us carry these 'kick-starter' cells, they will not develop into cancer unless triggered by further mutations. The insights from this study present an opportunity to develop approaches for early detection and early intervention in kidney cancer, particularly in high-risk groups such as those with an inherited risk of the disease.
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Kidney cancer was the seventh most common cancer in adults in the UK in 2014, with 12,500 new cases. Treatment options for the cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
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Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Francis Crick Institute and their collaborators sequenced and analysed the whole genomes of 95 kidney cancer tumours from 33 patients. The team discovered the first significant genetic changes, or driver mutations, in kidney cancer take place very early in life, on average in early teenage years.
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The scientists found there are initially only a few hundred cells with these genetic changes, and it is likely that most of us have some of these rogue cells in our kidneys. However, kidney cancer develops in one to two per cent of the population. The cells remain dormant for four or five decades and do not progress into kidney cancer unless triggered by further mutations. Risk factors for these cells progressing to full-blown cancer include smoking, obesity and an inherited risk of kidney cancer..."
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#awareness #humanrights #cancersucks #cancer #kidney #kidneycancer #health #youth #young #science #healthy #fitnessmotivation #smoking #vegan #uk #changetheworld #changeyourlife #livebetter #life #childhood #junkfood #processedfood #cooking #poverty
"The earliest critical genetic changes that can lead to kidney cancer have been mapped by scientists. The first key genetic change occurs in childhood or adolescence, and the resulting cells follow a consistent path to progress into kidney cancer four or five decades later, scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Francis Crick Institute and their collaborators have found. # The results, reported today (12 April) in Cell, suggest that whilst most of us carry these 'kick-starter' cells, they will not develop into cancer unless triggered by further mutations. The insights from this study present an opportunity to develop approaches for early detection and early intervention in kidney cancer, particularly in high-risk groups such as those with an inherited risk of the disease. # Kidney cancer was the seventh most common cancer in adults in the UK in 2014, with 12,500 new cases. Treatment options for the cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. # Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Francis Crick Institute and their collaborators sequenced and analysed the whole genomes of 95 kidney cancer tumours from 33 patients. The team discovered the first significant genetic changes, or driver mutations, in kidney cancer take place very early in life, on average in early teenage years. # The scientists found there are initially only a few hundred cells with these genetic changes, and it is likely that most of us have some of these rogue cells in our kidneys. However, kidney cancer develops in one to two per cent of the population. The cells remain dormant for four or five decades and do not progress into kidney cancer unless triggered by further mutations. Risk factors for these cells progressing to full-blown cancer include smoking, obesity and an inherited risk of kidney cancer..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #cancersucks  #cancer  #kidney  #kidneycancer  #health  #youth  #young  #science  #healthy  #fitnessmotivation  #smoking  #vegan  #uk  #changetheworld  #changeyourlife  #livebetter  #life  #childhood  #junkfood  #processedfood  #cooking  #poverty 
"A University of Montana researcher and her collaborators have published a new study that reveals increased risks for Alzheimer's and suicide among children and young adults living in polluted megacities.
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Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas said her group studied 203 autopsies of Mexico City residents ranging in age from 11 months to 40 years. Metropolitan Mexico City is home to 24 million people exposed daily to concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tracked two abnormal proteins that indicate development of Alzheimer's, and they detected the early stages of the disease in babies less than a year old.
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"Alzheimer's disease hallmarks start in childhood in polluted environments, and we must implement effective preventative measures early," said Calderón-Garcidueñas, a physician and Ph.D. toxicologist in UM's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "It is useless to take reactive actions decades later."
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The scientists found heightened levels of the two abnormal proteins - hyperphosphorylated tau and beta amyloid - in the brains of young urbanites with lifetime exposures to fine-particulate-matter pollution (PM2.5). They also tracked Apolipoprotein E (APOE 4), a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's, as well as lifetime cumulative exposure to unhealthy levels of PM2.5 - particles which are at least 30 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and frequently cause the haze over urban areas.
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Findings indicate Alzheimer's starts in early childhood, and the disease progression relates to age, APOE 4 status and particulate exposure. Researchers found hallmarks of the disease among 99.5 percent of the subjects they examined in Mexico City..."
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#awareness #humanrights #pollution #brain #citylife #teen #polluted #air #toronto #newyork #vancouver #alzheimers #alzheimersawareness #health #life #babies #environment #science #toddler #fitnessmotivation #childhood #chicago #uk #sydney #portland #southdakota #miami
"A University of Montana researcher and her collaborators have published a new study that reveals increased risks for Alzheimer's and suicide among children and young adults living in polluted megacities. # Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas said her group studied 203 autopsies of Mexico City residents ranging in age from 11 months to 40 years. Metropolitan Mexico City is home to 24 million people exposed daily to concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tracked two abnormal proteins that indicate development of Alzheimer's, and they detected the early stages of the disease in babies less than a year old. # "Alzheimer's disease hallmarks start in childhood in polluted environments, and we must implement effective preventative measures early," said Calderón-Garcidueñas, a physician and Ph.D. toxicologist in UM's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "It is useless to take reactive actions decades later." # The scientists found heightened levels of the two abnormal proteins - hyperphosphorylated tau and beta amyloid - in the brains of young urbanites with lifetime exposures to fine-particulate-matter pollution (PM2.5). They also tracked Apolipoprotein E (APOE 4), a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's, as well as lifetime cumulative exposure to unhealthy levels of PM2.5 - particles which are at least 30 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and frequently cause the haze over urban areas. # Findings indicate Alzheimer's starts in early childhood, and the disease progression relates to age, APOE 4 status and particulate exposure. Researchers found hallmarks of the disease among 99.5 percent of the subjects they examined in Mexico City..." # # #awareness  #humanrights  #pollution  #brain  #citylife  #teen  #polluted  #air  #toronto  #newyork  #vancouver  #alzheimers  #alzheimersawareness  #health  #life  #babies  #environment  #science  #toddler  #fitnessmotivation  #childhood  #chicago  #uk  #sydney  #portland  #southdakota  #miami 
"The state of a woman's immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child's brain, suggests a study of teenage mothers published in JNeurosci. The research emphasizes the influence of maternal health on a child's susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life.
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Marisa Spann, Bradley Peterson and colleagues studied adolescents (ages 14 to 19) pregnant with their first child to examine the relationship between two proteins released by the mothers' immune systems during the third trimester of pregnancy and the development in the infants of a brain network involved in disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 
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The researchers found that higher maternal levels of these proteins were associated with greater connectivity of the infants' brain regions in this network and with higher cognitive ability at 14 months of age. 
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Activation of the maternal immune system was also associated with lower fetal heart rate at the end of gestation, which may indicate delayed development of the autonomic nervous system. These results suggest that the final weeks of pregnancy have an important influence on a child's brain development."
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#awareness #pregnant #pregnancy #preggo #immunesystem #fetus #healthybaby #humanrights #psychiatry #science #prenatal #prenatalyoga #perinatal #postpartum #childbirth #brain #fitpregnancy #fitandpregnant #thirdtrimester #37weekspregnant #40weekspregnant #duedate #humanrights
"The state of a woman's immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child's brain, suggests a study of teenage mothers published in JNeurosci. The research emphasizes the influence of maternal health on a child's susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. # Marisa Spann, Bradley Peterson and colleagues studied adolescents (ages 14 to 19) pregnant with their first child to examine the relationship between two proteins released by the mothers' immune systems during the third trimester of pregnancy and the development in the infants of a brain network involved in disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. # The researchers found that higher maternal levels of these proteins were associated with greater connectivity of the infants' brain regions in this network and with higher cognitive ability at 14 months of age. # Activation of the maternal immune system was also associated with lower fetal heart rate at the end of gestation, which may indicate delayed development of the autonomic nervous system. These results suggest that the final weeks of pregnancy have an important influence on a child's brain development." # # #awareness  #pregnant  #pregnancy  #preggo  #immunesystem  #fetus  #healthybaby  #humanrights  #psychiatry  #science  #prenatal  #prenatalyoga  #perinatal  #postpartum  #childbirth  #brain  #fitpregnancy  #fitandpregnant  #thirdtrimester  #37weekspregnant  #40weekspregnant  #duedate  #humanrights