Prevue pregnancy eTextile device lets mothers see their baby grow

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 New to the world of eTextiles is the PreVue pregnancy screen, an abdomen attachment that lets expecting parents see their child’s growth and development as the natal process progresses.

The PreVue is the brainchild of Melody Shiue and has recently won an Australian Design Award – no surprise, given the level of innovation its got going on. Shiue’s idea centers around the concept of pre-birth bonding using “fetal visualization” (a great term, we’ve got to admit) and the fact that this bonding is an essential part of post-birth health of both the mother and child. With post-partum depression a real issue for mothers, the PreVue aims to give both genders of parents the chance to get to know their baby before it ever comes along

Designed to look like a large belt, the PreVue cinches in the back and fits over the abdomen. With the press of a button, a special ultrasonic layer next to the skin images the baby and then places this image onto a stretchable electronic textile that can grow as the mother does. At every stage of the baby’s growth, the parents can see its reaction to stimuli, see it kick, spin, smile and evolve in front of their eyes.

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Exposure to environmental factor linked to huge rise in ADHD: Study

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Exposure to a component of air pollution increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times.

A link between rising air pollution in urban areas and the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been discovered in a new study.

 

 

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Prenatal Exposure to Pesticides Leads to Diminished IQ’s in Children

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The study found some of the risks that pesticides were already known to pose to children, including ADHD and learning difficulties.

It was reported this week by the Environmental Working Group that three studies published simultaneously all came to the same eye-opening conclusion.  The conclusion was prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides leads to diminished IQs in children between the ages of 6 and 9.

 

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Technophobia Determined Before You Are Born

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Fear of technology determined before birth.

The fear of using technology could be established before we are born, scientists have claimed.  Even while still in the womb, hormones can shape a person’s attitude towards new technology in the brain, according to researchers from Bath University.

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New Study Suggests Exposure to Pesticides Prime Cause of ADHD

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Organophosphate pesticides are widely used in the United States to control insects on food crops.

A growing body of evidence is suggesting that exposure to organophosphate pesticides is a prime cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. The findings are considered plausible to many experts because the pesticides are designed to attack the nervous systems of insects. It is not surprising, then, that they should also impinge on the nervous systems of humans who are exposed to them.

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A Prenatal Treatment to Prevent Lesbian Daughters Raises Questions of Medical Ethics

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A New York doctor named Maria New has been advising pregnant women to take a steroid called dexamethasone to prevent homosexuality and “masculine behavior” in their daughters. How did she get away with this form of anti-gay genetic engineering?

 

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Crack Babies – The Epidemic That Didn’t Happen

The Epidemic That Didn’t Happen 

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One sister is 14; the other is 9. They are a vibrant pair: the older girl is high-spirited but responsible, a solid student and a devoted helper at home; her sister loves to read and watch cooking shows, and she recently scored well above average on citywide standardized tests.

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Smoking During Pregnancy Predisposes Children To Aggression

Smoking During Pregnancy Predispose Children To Aggression

 

Women who smoke during pregnancy risk delivering aggressive kids according to a new Canada-Netherlands study published in the journal Development and Psychopathology. While previous studies have shown that smoking during gestation causes low birth weight, this research shows mothers who light up during pregnancy can predispose their offspring to an additional risk: violent behaviour.

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