Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has no concerns over his form this season, despite the criticismThe 32-year-old missed the majority of last season with a broken foot and struggled to regain his best form at the World Cup.Neuer struggles from Russia have continued at Bayern this season with the captain only managing to keep two clean sheets in 11 Bundesliga games.14 goals have been conceded in the process with Bayern only fifth in the league table and seven points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Neuer remains unconcerned after last Saturday’s 3-2 Der Klassiker defeat to Dortmund.“I’m in good shape; I had a good match against Dortmund. I’m confident,” Neuer told reporters on the DFB website.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Joachim Low’s side will face Russia in a friendly on Thursday before facing the Netherlands on Monday in a must-win UEFA Nations League game.“We want to bring a rather negative year to an end,” added Neuer.“We want to win both games. We are optimistic that we can put in two good performances.”Meanwhile, Dortmund captain Marco Reus sat out of Tuesday’s training session for Germany with a bruised foot.Julian Draxler will not feature against Russia after Low allowed him to leave the team camp on a compassionate basis.
A depressed mother’s stress can pass on to infant before his or her life begins in many ways. But according to a new study, parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant.Stress can pass through the placenta to negatively impact the foetus in ways that manifest after birth such as birth weight, brain development and increased susceptibility to various ailments, said lead author Elisabeth Conradt from University of Utah in the US in a study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”We were curious about whether maternal behaviour could ‘buffer’ the child against the effects of maternal depression, and if this buffering could be observed at the level of the infant’s epigenome,” Conradt added in the study published in Child Development.This study is the first to demonstrate that certain forms of maternal care-giving can have such an effect.The team worked with 128 infants of women with self-reported symptoms of depression and obtained DNA from the infants through cheek swabs and cortisol – a hormone released in response to stress, levels from their saliva. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach infant participated in three two-minute face-to-face play episodes with their mothers. The first play episode required normal play between mother and infant, the second episode required that the mothers be unresponsive to their infants and the third episode was a reunion episode where mothers were allowed to interact again.Maternal sensitivity, recorded every 30 seconds, was assessed using four scales.Greater levels of maternal sensitivity were related to lower levels of cortisol, the study found.”Many mothers struggle with depression but interact quite sensitively with their infants. In these instances, the mother may be ‘turning on’ certain genes that we think allow infants to manage stress in adaptive ways,” Conradt stated.