HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
OHSU research shows vitamin C counteracts some negative impacts of smoking on unborn babies

BEAVERTON, Ore. Research conducted in monkeys at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, suggests high doses of vitamin C may have potential to counteract some negative impacts of smoking in unborn babies. The research may benefit thousands of babies born to mothers who continue to smoke throughout pregnancy despite physician warnings. The research is published in the current edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

"The findings of this research are highly applicable to humans," said Eliot Spindel, M.D., Ph.D., a scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and senior author of the paper. "The sad reality is that approximately 11 percent of pregnant mothers continue to smoke during pregnancy -- this translates to about a half a million American women a year. Reflecting the highly addictive nature of smoking, these women continue to smoke despite the warnings of their physicians and despite a tremendous public awareness campaign aimed at preventing smoking during pregnancy. While this research finding may assist the babies of these mothers, it does not make smoking during pregnancy more acceptable. It would only become a last resort treatment when an expectant mother is unwilling to stop smoking."

Smoking during pregnancy can cause premature delivery, growth retardation and has been blamed for 5 percent to 10 percent of all fetal and neonatal deaths. Maternal smoking can also cause decreased pulmonary function and increased respiratory illness in offspring. Previous research by the Spindel lab demonstrated that nicotine is a key cause of these lung development problems. Specifically, nicotine crosses the placenta where it interacts with cells in the unborn infant's developing lungs.

While past research in the Spindel lab has helped define how nicotine causes these changes, many of the specific mechanisms for infant l
'"/>

Contact: Jim Newman
newmanj@ohsu.edu
503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
1-May-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. NIH gives $8M to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for myositis research
2. Saudi Arabias KAUST names WHOI first research partner
3. Multinational research: protecting ecology means understanding people, too
4. Newly created cancer stem cells could aid breast cancer research
5. Carnegie Mellons Peter Adams receives EPA research grant
6. Almac Diagnostics announces pioneering genetic research on ductal carcinoma in situ
7. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
8. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
9. UCF research links proteins, stem cells and potential Alzheimers treatment
10. ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality
11. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis

Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/31/2014)... TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A Florida State University researcher found ... of the toxic components of the oil released during ... spill, but not the most toxic contaminants. , In ... Assistant Professor Olivia Mason found a species of bacteria ... perhaps benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene compounds that were ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... While previous studies have shown that marine noise can ... scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter and ... France have demonstrated that boat noise stops embryonic development ... hares, (specifically the sea slug Stylocheilus striatus ... to swim away and later feed on toxic alga ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... in Lewis Carroll,s Through the Looking Glass, collaborators ... of Singapore improved a 35-year-old ecology model to ... millions of years. , The new model, called ... "Red Queen Effect," an evolutionary hypothesis introduced by ... that organisms must constantly increase their fitness (or ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Boat noise impacts development and survival of sea hares 2Classic Lewis Carroll character inspires new ecological model 2Classic Lewis Carroll character inspires new ecological model 3
(Date:7/31/2014)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... report to their offering. ... the genetic material or genomes of an organism. It ... discovery and development of diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for ... is supported by three major product segments: Instruments, Consumables, ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 ... provides newly diagnosed patients with an overview of the ... the management of drug side effects, as well as ... , “We’re grateful to Dr. Sandy Srinivas for organizing ... 25-year survivor of kidney cancer. “Sandy and her colleagues ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... , July 31, 2014   BioLife Solutions ... developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade ... and precision thermal shipping products for cells ... quarter 2014 financial results will be released on Thursday, ... a conference call and live webcast at 4:30 p.m. ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... Calif. , July 30, 2014 ... a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of ... report financial results and highlights for the quarter ended ... the U.S. financial markets close. Regulus ... August 6, 2014, at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Genomics Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Life Technologies, Qiagen and Illumina 2BioLife Solutions to Report Financial Results for Second Quarter 2014 and Provide Business Update on August 7, 2014 2Regulus Announces Timing for Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results Webcast and Conference Call 2Regulus Announces Timing for Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results Webcast and Conference Call 3
Cached News: