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Inflammation is bad, including for those in the womb

8 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

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It is fairly common knowledge that the uterine environment affects fetal development; if you don't believe that, you have clearly never tried to order a coffee or have a sip of wine in public while pregnant. It's enough to elicit dirty looks and even nasty reprimands from complete strangers.
But it's not just chemicals. Historical analyses indicate that waves of neurodevelopmental disorders occur after viral and bacterial pandemics. Studies in mice suggest that it is maternal inflammation, rather than a direct infection, that elicits these disorders; when pregnant mice are given...
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