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11-Year-Old Girl Set to Become Britain’s youngest-ever Mother, Details of pregnancy withheld: Reports

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London, March 18, 2017: Britain is set to have its youngest-ever mother amid reports that an 11-year-old girl is expected to give birth soon, the media reported.

The father of the baby is believed to be another minor just a few years older than the mother-to-be, the police said.

Details of the pregnancy were withheld due to legal restrictions, reported the Guardian on Friday.

The current youngest mother gave birth in 2014 when she was 12 and the father was 13, the lowest combined age of any British parents.

Their toddler, a girl, is now reportedly looked after by her 28-year-old grandmother while the teenage mother attends school.

Britain has sharply reduced its teenage birth rate over the last decade, but it remains the highest in western Europe and the sixth-highest in the EU, according to World Bank statistics, with only Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and Malta with higher rates. (IANS)

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Bacterial infection in pregnancy may up autism risk in kids

Bacterial infection in pregnancy may up autism risk in kids. Pixabay

New York, September 15, 2017: Babies born to mothers who experience a bacterial infection severe enough to require hospitalisation during pregnancy may be at higher risk of developing autism, a study has found.

The study, conducted on mice, revealed that the composition of bacterial populations in the mother’s digestive tract can influence whether maternal infection leads to repetitive behaviour and impaired sociability — autistic-like behaviours in offspring.

Further, irregularities that the researchers call “patches” are most common in a part of the brain known as “S1DZ” and were responsible for the behavioural abnormalities seen in mice.

“We identified a very discrete brain region that seems to be modulating all the behaviours associated with this particular model of neurodevelopmental disorder,” said Gloria Choi, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the paper appearing in the journal Nature.

A second study in the same jounal, revealed that not all mothers who experience severe infection end up having child with autism, and similarly not all the mice in the maternal inflammation model develop behavioural abnormalities.

“This suggests that inflammation during pregnancy is just one of the factors. It needs to work with additional factors to lead all the way to that outcome,” Choi said.

Moreover, the researchers found that only the offspring of mice with one specific type of harmless bacteria, known as segmented filamentous bacteria, had behavioural abnormalities and cortical patches.

When the researchers killed those bacteria with antibiotics, the mice produced normal offspring.

If validated in human studies, the findings could offer a possible way to reduce the risk of autism, which would involve blocking the function of certain strains of bacteria found in the maternal gut, the researchers noted. (IANS)

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Genetic Testing Likely To Raise Thorny Ethical Issues around Pregnancy: Study

Genetic testing directly affects a woman's experience of pregnancy and may contribute to a decision not to transfer an embryo or to terminate an established pregnancy

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Genetic testing raises ethical issues of pregnancy. Pixabay

Wellington, Sep 05, 2017: Having a baby may never be the same again as increasingly sophisticated genetic testing is likely to raise thorny ethical issues, a New Zealand study said on Tuesday.

“Pregnant women now face a bewildering world of genetic testing,” said Jeanne Snelling, the lead author of the New Zealand Law Foundation Report.

Genetic testing in the reproductive context is a particularly high-stakes endeavour, Snelling said, adding that it directly affects a woman’s experience of pregnancy, and may contribute to a decision not to transfer an embryo or to terminate an established pregnancy, reports Xinhua news agency.

The study looks at a number of rapidly evolving genetic technologies that a woman may be offered, either during pregnancy or regarding embryos created by IVF (in-vitro fertilization).

A common feature of all of these tests is that they enable an increasing and significant amount of health-related information to be derived, compared with traditional prenatal tests, and all are associated with particular technical, ethical and legal challenges, Snelling said.

“The report considers how this new landscape reignites debates about the implications of new technology for women and how it affects the experience of pregnancy.” (IANS)

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Basil is a Boon For Pregnant Women, Here’s Why!

Here are some medical usage of Basil for pregnant women

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Basil leaves helpful for pregnant women. Pixabay
  • Basil was the first native to India, Asia, and Africa
  • Basil leaves contain healing properties in abundance for pregnant women
  • The tradition of reverence of basil has been continuing in the wide range of cultures

New Delhi, Aug 01, 2017: Basil blooms in many regions across the world, but it was the first native to India, Asia, and Africa. It is chiefly featured in varied cuisines throughout the world including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian.

The name “basil” is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, meaning “royal,” revealing the importance of herb in the ancient cultures as noble and sacred. The tradition of reverence of basil has been continuing in the wide range of cultures. For example, in India, basil was revered as an icon of hospitality, while in Italy, it was seen as a  symbol of love.

Do you know that the therapeutic properties of Basil are beneficial for pregnant women too? Basil leaves contain healing properties in abundance. Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition, the basil leaves contain antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. There is also plenty of quantity available in it.

1- Basil has antibacterial properties which save the body from every type of infection. If pregnant women devour some leaves of Tulsi regularly during her pregnancy, her body will lessen the risk of infections.

ALSO READ: Eighteen Must-know facts about Tulsi (Basil) and the Benefits Attached to it!

2- Basil helps combat the problem of low blood levels in human body. Women often have a problem of lack of blood during the pregnancy days where consuming basil leaves every day will solve the problem. It is advised that the pregnant women must eat atleast two basil leaves every day.

3-Basil contains a rich amount of vitamin A which promotes the healthy development of the child the womb.

4- There is also plenty of magnesium found in Basil leaves. Magnesium strengthens the bones of the baby in the stomach. And also helps in eliminating the manganese deficiency found in the child.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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