Three research teams analysing the effects of taking antidepressants during pregnancy on both the mothers and their children showed that the neurodevelopment and the long-term behaviour of the latter are not affected negatively. On the other hand, the use of the antidepressants is said to be weakly linked with an increased risk of postpartum haemorrhage.
Cells of the body can now be selectively activated with ultrasonic waves. The new technique used on brain cells has been named sonogenetics. The findings are available on Nature Communications. Sonogenetics might be reminiscent of the light-based method which is known as optogenetics whereby cell activation is done with light. The new technique uses the same type
A new study has linked sedentary behaviour with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) such that even high levels of moderate to vigorous exercise will not counter the effect. Another way to put it, sitting for long hours is gradually killing you. The findings are published in the Journal of Hepatology. Sedentariness means being at rest in