Depression During Pregnancy and the Effects on the Child

Depression affects more than the mother, this paper reports a  ” 21% of the association between maternal and offspring depression.” Of course this study lacks information on the mother’s mental state during the development of the child and how that might impact his/her later development. As with diet and other environmental influences, we need to pay…

Television and Lack of Physical Activity is Kryptonite to Sperm

The British Journal of Sports Medicine finds watching a lot of television (20h/week or more) is associated with lowered sperm concentrations and nearly half of the group with the highest count – those that watched no television. Those exercising ≥15 h/week also had the highest sperm concentration and the lowest concentration of sperm was the group that did…

High Fat Diet During Pregnancy Affects Baby

During pregnancy a high fat diet negatively impacts the vascular system of the offspring. OPEN ACCESS http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v37/n2/abs/ijo201242a.html International Journal of Obesity (2013) 37, 254–262; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.42 Maternal high-fat diet impacts endothelial function in nonhuman primate offspring OBJECTIVE: The link between maternal under-nutrition and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the offspring later in life is well recognized, but the impact of maternal over-nutrition…