Study Sees Bigger Role for Placenta in Newborns’ Health

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According to a new study, the placenta, once thought sterile, actually harbors a world of bacteria that may influence the course of pregnancy and help shape an infant’s health and the bacterial makeup of its gut. During pregnancy, the authors of the new study suspect, the wrong mix of bacteria in the placenta may contribute to premature births. Via The New York Times. Posted July 8, 2014.–Alanna McCatty


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Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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