Archive for April, 2011

A new research report published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that pregnant mothers who eat high sugar and high fat diets have babies who are likely to become junk food junkies themselves. According to the report, which used rats, this happens because the high fat and high sugar diet leads to changes in the […]

There is increasing evidence from human and animal studies that offspring of parents who were physically or psychologically stressed are at higher risk of developing obesity, and that these offspring may in turn “transmit” that increased risk to the next generation. Now research conducted at the University of Minnesota and Georgetown University suggests that a […]

Berkeley.edu – In a new study suggesting exposure to pesticides during pregnancy may be associated with the health and development of children, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides – widely used on food crops – is related to lower intelligence scores at […]

Columbia.edu – Mothers’ exposure during pregnancy to pollutants created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and other organic material may lead to behavioral problems in their children, according to a new study. Researchers found that within a sample of 215 children monitored from birth, those children with high levels of a pollution exposure marker […]

OSU.edu – Chronic inhalation of particulate air pollution appears to activate a protein that triggers the release of white blood cells and oxygen free radicals, setting off events that lead to widespread inflammation, according to new NIH-funded research in an animal model. This finding narrows the gap in researchers’ understanding of how prolonged exposure to […]

IDSociety.org – Urinary tract infections (typically bladder infections) are common in women, costing an estimated $2.5 billion per year to treat in 2000 in the United States alone. These infections frequently recur, affecting 2 to 3 percent of all women. A depletion of vaginal lactobacilli, a type of bacteria, is associated with urinary tract infection […]