Trophoblast Inclusions

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[A] new study raises the possibility that analyzing the placenta after birth may provide clues to a child’s risk for developing autism. The study, which analyzed placentas from 217 births, found that in families at high genetic risk for having an autistic child, placentas were significantly more likely to have abnormal folds and creases.

placenta“It’s quite stark,” said Dr. Cheryl K. Walker, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Mind Institute at the University of California, Davis, and a co-author of the study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “Placentas from babies at risk for autism, clearly there’s something quite different about them.”  — NYTimes

Great stuff.  The only reason I post this today is to use the words “trophoblast inclusions” in the title (those are the creases and folds in the placenta), and to quote the following:

Dr. Harvey J. Kliman, a research scientist at the Yale School of Medicine and lead author of the study, said the placenta had typically been given such little respect in the medical community that wanting to study it was considered equivalent to someone in the Navy wanting to scrub ships’ toilets with a toothbrush.

Have a great day!

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5 Responses to Trophoblast Inclusions

  1. Barbara Ganousch says:

    Oh, ugh.

  2. syrbal says:

    Yum….what’s next back in medicine, reading bumps on heads to determine criminality?

  3. Karen Dean says:

    If this research is followed up with other in depth study(s) it may help not only health professionals, but the parents of children with autism giving them the possibility of pro active intervention at an earlier age. What a positive step in the treatment of autism of these children.

  4. odtley says:

    in one of my lockups they played games where hyper druggies sat at a table with autistic kids to see which one would start mimicking the others behavior first which usually led to auties getting their faces spit on or beat up even though usually they acted like they just didnt care

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