Prenatal pollution exposure may negatively impact neurodevelopment in child’s early life

Toddlers whose moms were exposed to higher levels of air pollution during mid- to late-pregnancy tend to score lower on measures of cognition, motor coordination and language skills, according to…

Mother’s exposure to air pollution and psychological stress may disrupt fetal growth

Fetal growth -; which is delicate and precisely programmed -; may be disrupted by a mother’s exposure to air pollution and psychological stress during early to mid-pregnancy, a new USC…

Prenatal phthalate exposure associated with reduced lung function during childhood

A study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the “la Caixa” Foundation, has found that exposure to phthalates in the womb is associated…

Third-trimester fetuses with in utero opioid exposure exhibit smaller brain size on MRI

According to an open-access Editor’s Choice article in ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), third-trimester fetuses with in utero opioid exposure exhibited multiple smaller 2D biometric measurements of the brain,…

Prenatal exposure to high-dose folic acid linked to cancer risk in children of mothers with epilepsy

High-dose folic acid is protective against congenital malformations if the mother is at particular risk of having a child with congenital malformations. Treatment with antiseizure medication in pregnancy is associated…

Prenatal cannabis exposure linked with mental health problems that persist into early adolescence

Prenatal cannabis exposure following the middle of the first trimester—generally after five to six weeks of fetal development—is associated with attention, social, and behavioral problems that persist as the affected…

Early life exposure to antibiotics can have long-lasting effects on adult gut health

Preterm and low birth weight babies are routinely given antibiotics to prevent, not just treat, infections, which they have a high risk of developing. A new study, published in The…

Prenatal exposure to air pollution increases risk of childhood allergic rhinitis and asthma

In a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers assessed the impact of prenatal exposure to air pollution on immune perturbations.  There is evidence that…

Air pollution exposure during infancy impacts a child’s gut bacteria, may increase disease risk

Exposure to air pollution in the first six months of life impacts a child’s inner world of gut bacteria, or microbiome, in ways that could increase risk of allergies, obesity…

Simple measures can cut school children’s outdoor and indoor exposure of toxins by almost half

Most UK primary schools experience levels of pollution which exceed the safe levels set out by the World Health Organization, yet simple measures can cut outdoor and indoor exposure of…