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Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy
CTR researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb
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Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues
Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice by CTR
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Placenta plays pivotal “umpire” role to influence pregnancy outcomes
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to provide.
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Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life
Changes occur in the placenta in older pregnant mothers leading to a greater likelihood of poor health in their male offspring, a study in rats by CTR has shown
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High fat, high sugar diet during pregnancy 'programs' for health complications in mother and child
Eating a high fat and high sugar diet when pregnant leads to metabolic impairments in both the mother and her unborn child, which may 'program' them for potential health complications later in life, a study in mice has shown.
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Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded 2017 Andrée Gruslin Award
The award from the International Federation of Placenta Associations recognizes her work in the field of placental biology
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Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded Lister Prize Fellowship
The Lister Institute provides research funding to outstanding early career scientists whose work shows excellent potential to make an impact in the field of biomedical sciences
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