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β-Arrestin-1 and β-arrestin-2 have emerged as important signaling molecules that modulate glucose fluxes in several peripheral tissues. The potential roles of neuronally expressed β-arrestins in regulating glucose homeostasis remain unknown.... more
Children exposed to maternal antenatal corticosteroids have more behavioral disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
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How maternal intestinal microbiota is involved in fetal development  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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MicroRNAs in maternal blood may predict development of preeclampsia  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
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High-strain physical activity associated with greater risk of very early pregnancy loss  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
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Age and diabetes the biggest risk factors for death in pregnant COVID-19 patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 23 hours
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Neanderthal gene in women boosts infertility  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
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Placentas of pregnant women with COVID-19 showed abnormalities  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
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