Penn: Mom’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain through Vaginal Microbiome

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.



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Audio: How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked the Car July 1, 2015 | KUNC-Radio (National Public Radio)

Michael Kahana of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about how quickly memories can be formed.

Panel Targets 3rd Biggest Killer of Americans: Cardiac Arrest July 1, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Lance Becker of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for serving on panel that focused on cardiac arrest.

Colorado Movie Rampage Jurors to Hear From Expert on Psychosis July 1, 2015 | PhillyVoice.com

Raquel Gur of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited as being the star witness to discuss psychotic disorders.

Short on Sleep? Eat More Spinach and Peanut Butter to Improve Your Memory June 30, 2015 | Huffington Post

Andrea Spaeth of the Perelman School of Medicine offers ways to improve daily functionality for people who are lacking sleep.

Philadelphia Smoking Rates Hit New Low June 30, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Kenneth Margulies of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that Philadelphia’s smoking rates will continue to decline with shifting attitudes, policy changes and penalties.

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