Caffeine rewires brains of baby mice

Brain changes and memory problems plagued mouse pups whose moms had consumed caffeine during pregnancy

By Stephen Ornes, 14:27 PM August 26, 2013

Mice given caffeine while they were pregnant gave birth to pups with altered brains and memory problems. Credit: Holly Gollnick

Caffeine during pregnancy is bad news — at least for mice. Scientists found the stimulant altered the brain cells of newborns whose moms had consumed the drug during and after pregnancy. Those pups later grew up to have memory problems.                      

The study clearly connects brain changes to caffeine exposure in baby mice, says Barry Kosofsky. This neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City was not involved in the work. He adds, however, that the new findin...

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