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Placenta Home to Wide Array of Bacteria, Affects Newborn Health

Bloomberg News reports on a new study published in Science Translational Magazine that has found that the human placenta is home to wide array of bacteria that may affect newborn health and pregnancy. Previous studies have shown that an infant does not develop a microbial community until after birth, but the new findings show that bacteria from the mother’s mouth may slip into the blood stream and, thus, into the placenta. “One surprise finding revealed that in women who had a urinary tract infection during their pregnancy, evidence of the bacteria was found in the placenta even if the infection had been cleared months earlier.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in Science Translational Magazine.