Parental Birth Abnormalities and Offspring’s Autism Linked
In a study of medical registry records of nearly 400,000 parent-child pairs from Denmark, a Yale School of Public Health study found that parents who themselves born very prematurely are nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder.
Data initiative seeks to improve early childhood development in Brazil
An index that evaluates the performance of municipalities for early childhood development was developed through a partnership between researchers from Yale and Brazilian universities. Yale School of Public Health associate researcher Gabriela Buccini explains the partnership project that monitors early childhood development indicators in Brazil.
Endocrine Society Educates Congress About the Science of PFAS Exposure
The Endocrine Society hosted a congressional briefing on November 6th, 2019, on the latest science with policy makers on how federally funded research is helping to understand and address the health effects of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. Expert scientists gathered to discuss widespread contamination issues and diverse health effects attributed to PFAS exposure. Zeyan Liew, PhD, MPH, from the Yale School of Public Health shared his research exploring the effects of PFAS on maternal thyroid function and neurodevelopmental outcomes in exposed children.Source: Endocrine News
High exposure to harmful chemical impacts thyroid hormones in pregnant mothers
Studies conducted by Assistant Professor, Zeyan Liew, at the Yale School of Public Health, focus on a group of harmful chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) that can affect hormones during pregnancy crucial to fetal development. Efforts are underway by Yale professors, Dr. Krystal Pollitt and Dr. John Fortner, to investigate the chemical structures and ban the use of PFAS as well as determine routes for removing or destroying the substances from the environment.Source: Yale Daily News
Study: Accuracy of Five Self‐Report Screening Instruments for Substance Use in Pregnancy
Nearly one-fourth of pregnant women report having used alcohol, tobacco, or other substances in the past month, yet current screening questionnaires used by physicians may not accurately identify many of them. Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at Yale School of Medicine, was the senior researcher among investigators across three universities who compared results of five commonly used questionnaires against laboratory testing.
Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other’s blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle for two hours of candid talk about what to expect when you’re expecting.Source: Associated Press
MOMS Partnership® listed as a top 'Two-Gen' strategy in nation
Ascend at the Aspen Institute – a leader in identifying and cultivating transformational approaches to family well-being by focusing on parents and children simultaneously – released a report June 14 that identifies the MOMS Partnership® as one of the most effective two-generation interventions in the country.