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Study finds variation of the interval between first and second pregnancy
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral concurrent session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in San Diego, researchers will report that the variation of interval from delivery time to conception of the next pregnancy has a strong impact on the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. View News Article (2015-02-03)

Size at birth linked with risk of breast cancer in women under 50
A study in the BMJ this week finds an association between size at birth and risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. View News Article (2003-01-29)

Study finds residence in US a risk factor for preterm birth
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that duration of stay in the United States is associated with increased risk of preterm birth for Hispanic women.  View News Article (2012-02-09)

Bigger babies at greater risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
Women who had a greater birth size have a significantly higher risk than others of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer, according to a study carried out by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The study, reported in the British Medical Journal today, looked at 5,000 women born in Sweden during 1915-29, of which 63 had developed breast cancer before the age of 50 and 296 at or... View News Article (2003-01-29)

Birth weight and social class linked to educational achievement
Birth weight and social class at birth have a strong influence on cognitive (mental) function in children, say researchers in this week's BMJ. The study involved 10,845 males and females born during 3-9 March 1958 in England, Scotland, and Wales. The team investigated the combined effect of birth weight and socioeconomic environment on cognitive tests and educational achievements at 7, 11, 16,... View News Article (2002-08-07)

Preterm birth rate drops
The nation's preterm birth rate declined slightly in 2007 - a finding that the March of Dimes hopes will prove to be the start of a new trend in improved maternal and infant health. View News Article (2009-03-19)

Birth weight may be linked to arthritis in later life
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but researchers in this week’s BMJ suggest that some factors relating to the period shortly before and after birth (perinatal factors) may be implicated in the development of the disease in later life. View News Article (2003-05-14)

Exposure to phthalates may be a risk factor for low birth weight in infants
Many parents worry about their child's exposure to phthalates, the chemical compounds used as plasticizers in a wide variety of personal care products, children's toys, and medical devices. View News Article (2009-06-25)

Human reproductive rates follow biological scaling rules
In nations with high per capita energy consumption, women have fewer children. This phenomenon is an unexpected consequence of the biological scaling relationship between metabolism and reproductive rate: larger species of mammals have higher metabolism but lower birth rates. In the April 2003 issue of Ecology Letters, Moses and Brown show that these same biological scaling rules describe the... View News Article (2003-04-08)

Preterm births higher among overweight and obese mothers
Overweight and obese women are at greater risk of giving birth to a preterm baby compared with normal weight women, finds a study published on today.  View News Article (2010-07-21)

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