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"This publication offers a realistic consultant to, and important studies of, neighborhood and person specialist interventions which may ease the lives of kids with developmental problems and psychological illnesses. Written by means of a number one professional in baby and adolescent scientific psychology and social paintings, the publication bridges the space among psychosocial interventions and medically established remedies. it may be used alongside Read more...

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30 Birth: Developmental Problems Amniocentesis This test (carried out usually between the 16th and 20th weeks of pregnancy, under local anaesthesia) withdraws a small amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus with a fine needle. g. for sex determination and for biochemical and enzymatic investigations). The risk of a miscarriage due to the procedure is around 1 in 100 pregnancies, and is thought too high for routine use. Laboratory tests investigate the presence of DS, Turner’s syndrome, Tay–Sachs disease, neural tube defects and other structural abnormalities, also certain sex-linked conditions.

When a mother becomes emotionally aroused, her glands secrete powerful activating hormones such as adrenaline that cross the placental barrier, entering the fetal bloodstream, and accelerating the fetus’s motor activity. Stress hormones divert blood flow to the large muscles and impede the flow or oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, possibly contributing to the stunting of its growth. Stress may undermine the mother’s immune system, making her and her fetus vulnerable to infectious diseases (Cohen and Williamson, 1991).

Thus, children of parents who have no symptoms can still have CF, but only if both parents contribute the abnormal gene to their baby. If both partners actually carry the cystic fibrosis genes, the risk of their baby having cystic fibrosis is 1 in 4 (25 per cent). Treatment Since CF is a genetic disease, the only way to prevent or cure it would be with gene therapy at an early age. Ideally, gene therapy could repair or replace the defective gene. Knowledge of a gene mutation alone, however, does not provide sufficient information for clinicians attempting to plan an intervention.

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