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Why Are Males More at Risk in the Womb?

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Birth weight and poor growth in the womb are associated with conditions appearing decades later, such as heart disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and psychiatric disorders.

By Sam Buckberry & Claire Roberts

Subtle changes in the placenta before a child’s birth can affect its predisposition to chronic disease and premature death many years later – and unborn boys are most vulnerable.

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