How allergies in pregnancy may be linked to child development disorders

A new study suggests activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy, such as during an allergic response, may affect fetal brain development. This could influence the child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders in later life, such as autism, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study found a relationship between two proteins released by a mother’s immune system during the third trimester of

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