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Maternal smoking may lead to cerebral palsy in offspring

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Smoking during pregnancy can be harmful for both mother and baby. Now, a new study provides further evidence that maternal smoking is a risk factor for cerebral palsy in offspring, and it has shed light on the mechanisms behind this association.

However, around 10 percent of expectant mothers in the United States still smoke in the final 3 months of pregnancy.

Dr. Hui Chen

The new research - recently published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience - reveals how exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb can worsen responses to HII, causing cell death in brain regions associated with motor skills and memory, which are regions implicated in cerebral palsy.

Dr. Chen explains that HII caused by cigarette smoke exposure prevents mitochondria - which are the

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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