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Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Baby’s Sex

The types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most during pregnancy have been identified in new research by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian[1]. The study suggested that pregnant women experiencing physical and psychological stress are less likely to have a boy. “The womb is an influential […]

Gender-distinct Brain Circuit For Depression Identified

A single circuit in mice that activates during stress and is controlled by testosterone has been found by researchers at Michigan State University. The results[1], published in Biological Psychiatry, focus on the activity between neurons in the ventral hippocampus, which become active under stress and emotion, and their activation of nucleus accumbens neurons, critical players […]

Prenatal Stress Could Affect Development Of Baby’s Brain

Maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development, research from King’s College London has found. MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies. […]

Neural S1PR3 Receptor Boosts Resilience To Stress

A receptor on the surface of brain cells plays a key role in regulating how both animals and people respond to stress, scientists have discovered. The research suggests that the receptor may represent an important biomarker of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans and may offer a new target for future, more effective treatments for […]