Under the skin: humans develop extra muscles which vanish before birth, scientists say
Researchers from Howard University and the Vision Institute in Paris found that humans develop extra muscles in their hands and feet in the womb that later disappear before birth. The researchers examined images showing the initial stages of human muscle development and found that extra muscular tissues were growing weeks after conception. These tissues, as reported by the researchers in the journal Development, eventually vanished a few months into the pregnancy.
The composition of microbes in the gut changes dramatically during pregnancy, according to a study published by Cell Press in the August 3rd issue of the journal Cell. Although these changes are associated with metabolic disease under most circumstances, they could be beneficial in pregnant women.
“This is the first in-depth characterization of the gut micro biota associated with pregnancy,” says senior study author Continue reading →
Use caution with any laptop use, especially if you’re a pregnant woman, and if you choose to use it on your lap, only do so with a lap pad or cushion that is about one foot thick
You may be able to lessen EMF exposure during laptop use by using an external keyboard (as even typing on your laptop may expose you to high EMFs) and only using it while it’s battery-powered, not while plugged in, Continue reading →
Previous research has suggested that regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps boost the child’s immune system, thereby preventing allergies. Researchers now have an idea of how the healthy fats benefit fetal well-being. Continue reading →
University of California Los Angeles study suggests reducing iron may lower age-related brain disease risk
The human body has a love-hate relationship with iron. Just the right amount is needed for proper cell function, yet too much is associated with brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Science knows that men have more iron in their bodies and brains than women. These higher levels may be part of the explanation for why men develop these age-related neurodegenerative diseases at a younger age.