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The retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor alpha, RORA for short, is a gene that ordinarily protects our fragile cells from stress, but scientific findings in the last few years have shown that the RORA gene often shuts down when certain other cells destabilize them. This study, conducted by Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, finds yet another psychiatric disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), linked to a breakdown or 'risk variant' of the RORA gene.
Childbirth is a painful process for a mom, even with epidural pain killers that effectively reduce that pain. Fear of that pain, called tocophobia, is why some women choose not to have children at all. But for women who do become pregnant and carry their children to term, the fear of childbirth may actually cause greater difficulty to the mother in the delivery room, according to a new study from Norway.