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Foetus and mother's heartbeat synchronise

22nd July 2010

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have found that the heartbeats of a mother and her unborn foetus synchronise when she breathes rhythmically.

They claim the connection paves the way for a new technique to detect development problems during pregnancy and that if this synchronisation did not happen it could signal something might be wrong. The breakthrough could allow early medical intervention, they suggest. The findings of the study are now being used in the treatment of pregnant women at the Grönemeyer Institute for Microtherapy at Witten-Herdencke University in Germany.

 

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Article Information

Title: Foetus and mother's heartbeat synchronise
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15576
Date Added: 22nd Jul 2010

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