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Aug 9, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Diets of pregnant women can contain harmful, hidden toxins
University of California Riverside study suggests that prenatal health care professionals do more to advise patients to avoid tap water, certain types of fish, caffeine, and canned goods that may put developing babies at risk.

Found: key signal that guides brain development
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have decoded an important molecular signal that guides the development of a key region of the brain known as the neocortex.

NatA complex may be a target for cancer treatment
NatA is an enzyme complex critical to cell growth. It's production is also elevated in many cancers, making it a target for tumor therapy.

Aug 8, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Human pregnancies can vary in length by as much as 5 weeks
Normally, women are given a date for the likely delivery of their baby calculated as 280 days after the onset of their last menstrual period. Yet only four percent of women deliver at 280 days and only 70% deliver within 10 days of their estimated due date even when the date is calculated with the help of ultrasound.

Found: Par-1, a new component in a complex influencing organ growth
In the development of animals, the regulation of organ size is a long-standing puzzle. How does an organ ascertain its optimum size? What are the molecular mechanisms that stop organ growth at an appropriate point during development or regeneration? Almost a decade ago, the discovery of the Hippo signaling pathway provided an important starting point for answering these questions.

Loss of microRNA-29 (miR-29) and soft-tissue sarcomas in children
Soft-tissue sarcomas are rare cancers that mainly affect children and respond poorly to treatment. This study discovered molecular events that may help these malignancies develop, and could guide the design of new, more effective treatments.

Aug 7, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Gene "Memory" affected by histone proteins
Studying a gene in yeast, scientists find that modifying histones—the proteins that wind DNA tightly within a cell—control whether or not a gene is expressed while maintaining a genes' "expression potential"—or how future versions of this gene continue to behave in the same manner as the parent cell.

New way to dramatically raise RNA treatment potency
A new proof-of-principle, drug candidate powerfully neutralizes myotonic dystrophy defect in cell culture.

Disrupting the TOP3B gene increases susceptibility to schizophrenia and learning disorders
A team of researchers have shown that schizophrenia and a disorder associated with autism and learning difficulties share a common biological pathway. This is one of the first times that researchers have uncovered genetic evidence for the underlying causes of schizophrenia.

Aug 6, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Lowly mouse reveals the first steps in evolution
A study of gene expression led by scientists at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the University of Cambridge has revealed the first steps of evolution in gene regulation in mice.

How "junk DNA" can control cell development
Far from being “junk,” the 97 per cent of human DNA that does not encode instructions for making proteins can play a significant role in controlling cell development.

Close-up view of water pores in the eye's lens
NIH study of aquaporins could hold clues to genetic errors in eye structure, damage to eyes from diabetes and smoking, as well as the advance of cataracts in aging eyes.

Aug 5, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Pre-natal gene network suspected in schizophrenia
A prenatal gene may disrupt the birth of new neurons in the developing prefrontal cortex.

"Lazy eye" has crucial on-off switch
A new discovery by a University of Maryland-led research team offers hope for treating “lazy eye” and other serious visual problems that are usually permanent unless they are corrected in early childhood.

Potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function
Findings of NYU Langone researchers may have relevance in autism-spectrum disorder

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