Improving pregnancy understanding with a “placenta on a chip”

Improving pregnancy understanding with a “placenta on a chip”

Studying the placenta and the ways in which materials can move across the maternal-fetal barrier is important to prenatal research, but it can be difficult and time-consuming. However, new research is providing a way for these processes to be studied more easily: a “placenta on a chip”! Previously, cell and animal studies have been important […]

Motherhood and Hormone Replacement Therapies – A New Approach

Motherhood and Hormone Replacement Therapies – A New Approach

Motherhood alters your brain, this we know as all of our mothers are crazy, but how it alters the brain may help researchers understand why hormone replacement therapies (HT) are so variable in their effects. Motherhood causes permanent changes in the connection in the area of the brain known as the hippocampus which plays a […]

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

Pregnant? Don’t stress…

It may seem impossible- come on, is it really possible for an expecting mom to NOT have stress? But new research could give you another reason to stress… about being stressed! When levels of certain stress hormones were increased in pregnant mice, researchers found that while the mice ate more food, their bodies weren’t as […]

Postpartum depression and a new understanding

Postpartum depression and a new understanding

Postpartum depression is very real, but what really goes on inside the brain to contribute to this condition? Researchers are trying to figure this out, and rats may be providing some answers! New research may explain why certain antidepressants are effective in treating postpartum depression. By working with laboratory rats that model postpartum depression, researchers […]