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Mothers’ stress may lead to preterm births, faster aging in children: How stress before and during pregnancy may adversely affect offspring – Science Daily

Why do some people age faster than others? A new study indicates that a mother’s stress prior to giving birth may accelerate her child’s biological aging later…

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Why do some people age faster than others? One potential answer, a new UCLA-led study indicates, is that a mother’s stress prior to giving birth may accelerate her child’s biological aging.The researchers found evidence that maternal stress adversely affects the length of a baby’s telomeres — the small pieces of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that act as protective caps, like the plastic tips on shoelaces. Shortened telomeres have been linked to a higher risk of cancers, cardiovascular and other…

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