January 4, 2014

Docs Urge Caution

1 Study Says Moderate Drinking OK in Pregnancy

A new study from the University of Copenhagen finds that moderate drinking during pregnancy results in children with better mental health. But, U.S. doctors caution that abstinence is the best policy during pregnancy and any that amount of alcohol could endanger the baby. Study co-author Janni Niclasen studied the Danish National Birth Cohort which queried 37,000 women between 1996 and 2002 and found that children with mothers who consumed about two drinks per week had better mental health. But, cautions Dr. David Streitman, Magee Women’s Hospital, PA, be careful when interpreting these results. It’s difficult to quantify the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman could have before risking her baby’s health. “There could be a ‘safe number’ [of drinks]. But we don’t know what that is.”

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: One or Two Drinks a Week While Pregnant OK

Tags: Danish National Birth Cohort, Drinking During Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Alcohol Abstinence, Baby's Health, University of Copenhagen, Janni Niclasen, Dr. David Streitman, Magee Women's Hospital, Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

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Get into the Character's Body

2 Reading Can Affect the Biology of Your Brain

Reading a novel can cause neural changes in your brain that last for at least five days, find researchers from Emory University. Published in Brain Connectivity, the study involved 21 undergraduates who read the novel Pompeii by Robert Harris. Yes, the students were quizzed to ensure they actually read the novel! Using fMRI scans performed periodically during the study, researchers found reading caused heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex (associated with receptivity for language) and the central sulcus of the brain (primary sensory motor region of the brain). The neural changes associated with movement and physical sensation suggest that "... a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," notes Gregory Berns, lead study author.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Reading Doctor Notes About Your Visit

Tags: Reading Affects Brain, Biological Changes in Brain, Novels Change Your Brain, Novels Stay with You, Novels Affect Your Life, Stories Affect Brain, Left Temporal Cortex, Central Sulcus

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