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Researchers find link between pregnant mother’s health and baby’s brain development

Like eating right and getting enough sleep, avoiding infection during pregnancy tops most women’s lists as a good idea. New research is bolstering that common sense, revealing exactly how an infection could affect the cells in a child’s brain well into adulthood.

Using mice as subjects, Dr. Freda Miller, a senior scientist in developmental and stem-cell biology at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and a professor in the department of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto, and her colleague, Dr. David Kaplan, discovered a major clue in the mystery of fetal brain development.