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Norwegian torpedo boat service associated with increased risk of birth defects
Military service aboard a Norwegian missile torpedo boat was associated with a signficantly increased risk of having children with birth defects or who were stillborn, reveals research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. View News Article (2006-01-17)

Number of babies born prematurely nears historic half million mark in US
Nearly a half million American babies were born prematurely in a single year, according to a government report issued today, putting them at increased risk for death and disability. View News Article (2005-09-09)

Study shows reduced risk of preterm birth for pregnant women vaccinated during 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu outbreak
Pregnant women who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009 pandemic were less likely to have premature babies, and their babies weighed more on average. View News Article (2013-02-20)

Ultrasound measurement of fetal adrenal gland a better predictor of preterm birth
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers will unveil findings that show that measuring the fetal zone of the adrenal gland is a better predictor of pre-term birth than measuring cervical length. View News Article (2010-02-04)

Low birth weight infants may have cognitive and physical problems when they reach adolescence
Sixteen-year-olds who weighed less than 2,000 grams (about 4.5 pounds) at birth and are not disabled are still more likely than the average teenager to have physical and mental difficulties. View News Article (2006-10-03)

Differences in pregnancy risks and outcomes among immigrant groups to the US
Since the number of people of Hispanic and Asian origins has been increasing in the United States, it is important for healthcare workers to assess the risk factors associated with pregnancy outcomes in these ethnic groups. View News Article (2006-04-03)

World-first to predict premature birth
Australian researchers and a pathology company have joined forces to develop a world-first computerised system which may reveal a way to predict premature birth with greater accuracy. View News Article (2008-09-08)

New data reveal pregnancies exposed to accutane despite risk management program
Despite a mandatory program designed to prevent pregnant women from being exposed to the anti-acne medication Accutane and similar medications containing isotretinoin (a known teratogen or birth defect-causing agent), 122 pregnancies were exposed during the first year of the program, known as iPledge, a report revealed. View News Article (2007-08-01)

Mother's vitamin D level linked to birth weight
Mothers' vitamin D levels at a gestation of 26 weeks or less were positively related to birth weight and head circumference, and, in the first trimester were negatively associated with risk of a baby being born small for gestational age, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).  View News Article (2012-12-11)

New study suggests winter babies face socioeconomic disadvantages
Many of us may often feel that we've been born under an unlucky sign. Now, new research by a pair of University of Notre Dame economists suggests that some of us are, in fact, born in an unlucky season. View News Article (2009-01-08)

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