Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 14, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register

World Breastfeeding Week

Was last week, August 1-7. But you can still access the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action resources here.

This is important for you because if you are able to breastfeed your baby, they are full of information and support.

Tax free diapers in Colorado

Diapers and menstrual products will no longer be subject to sales tax in the state of Colorado. Read more here.

This is important for you because these are necessities; it’s about time, and hopefully other states will follow suit soon.

Humans drank milk before we could even digest it

Humans were drinking milk across Europe and northern Africa by the year 5000 BCE, but the genetic changes that enabled them to digest it–the ones that gave adults the enzyme lactase–didn’t occur until four thousand years later. Scientists have recently suggested that the ability to digest milk might have arisen to allow humans to consume it during times of famine when other food sources became scarce. Read more here.

This is important for you because it isn’t, really; human infants have always had lactase so they could drink breast milk.

Synthetic embryos

They’re not made from plastic; they’re just not made from sperm and egg cells, either. They are made from mouse embryonic stem cells, which were induced to develop into embryo-like structures with an intestinal tract, a beating heart, and the beginnings of a brain. They even made their own placenta and yolk sac. But they could not be gestated into live animals. Read more here.

This is important for you, and everyone, because “researchers believe the work could also reduce animal experimentation and ultimately pave the way for new sources of cells and tissues for human transplantation.” 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was The Biology of Pregnancy Part 2: Early Pregnancy. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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