■ THE chance of children developing Type 2 diabetes more than triples if their mothers are obese during pregnancy, researchers have said.
A study, which involved the birth records of 118,201 children spanning more than 60 years, looked at the link between the body mass index (BMI) of pregnant women and the risk of their child developing the condition right up to adulthood.
The research also found that the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increased by 40% for children of overweight, as opposed to obese, women.
■ SCIENTISTS may have discovered the earliest warning signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain. Changes to the serotonin system – which relays messages across the brain – appear to occur years before patients show any visible symptoms.
The findings, published in journal The Lancet Neurology, could lead to new methods of identifying individuals at a high risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Mum’s obesity puts kids at risk