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People who don't drink may still suffer harms from alcohol, study suggests
Harms to people resulting from alcohol consumption by others in Germany in 2014 are assessed in a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. (2019-03-18)
Study suggests painkillers taken during pregnancy not a cause of asthma in kids
A study of almost 500,000 women indicates that taking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increasing the risk of asthma in children. (2019-03-17)
Expectant mothers can prevent fetal brain problems caused by the flu, study finds
Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and influenza (flu). (2019-03-14)
Later abortion increased in Texas after House Bill 2
A new study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) finds that the number of second-trimester abortions in Texas increased 13 percent after the implementation of the restrictive abortion law known as House Bill 2 (HB 2), even as the total number of abortions declined by 18 percent. (2019-03-13)
Lower costs associated with late-preterm steroid therapy, NIH-funded analysis finds
An analysis of a previous study has found more evidence to support giving the steroid betamethasone to pregnant women at risk of late-preterm delivery (between 34 and 36 weeks of gestation), according to a network funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2019-03-12)
Follow-up of children for asthma after vitamin D supplementation in moms during pregnancy
This research letter reports on the follow-up of children for asthma whose mothers participated in a randomized clinical trial where they received high-dose vitamin D (2,400 IU/day) during the 24th week of pregnancy or placebo plus the recommended dose of 400 IU/day of vitamin D. (2019-03-12)
Cancer imaging technology can help reveal life-threatening pregnancy disorder
An imaging technique used to detect some forms of cancer can also help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition, a new Tulane study says. (2019-03-12)
Smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, study warns
The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children's Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday. (2019-03-11)
Air pollution may impact fetal cardiovascular system, Rutgers study says
Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers. (2019-03-11)
Number and timing of pregnancies influence breast cancer risk for women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
Researchers confirm the lower risk of breast cancer from multiple pregnancies and from breast feeding seen in average risk women extends to those at the highest risk of breast cancer, according to the largest prospective study of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations carriers to date. (2019-03-08)
Child's elevated mental ill-health risk if mother treated for infection during pregnancy
Risks for autism and depression are higher if one's mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. (2019-03-07)
50 is the new 40 for safe childbirth, according to Ben-Gurion U. researchers
'It turns out that 50 is the new 40 when it comes to childbirth,' according to Dr. (2019-03-07)
Better regulation of the immune system may minimize preeclampsia symptoms
Boosting the body's levels of interleukin-4 (IL-4)--an immune system protein that controls inflammation--may help manage the pregnancy complication preeclampsia, according to a new rodent study. (2019-03-06)
Women of childbearing age have staggeringly low rates of lipid screening
Eight out of 10 women of childbearing age have never had their cholesterol levels checked, despite clear guidelines to get a first lipid blood test early in adulthood, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-06)
Blood test developed to predict spontaneous preterm birth
Results from a multicenter study show that five circulating microparticle proteins found in first-trimester blood samples may provide important clues about risk of spontaneous preterm birth. (2019-03-01)
The Lancet: Conceiving within a year of stillbirth does not increase risks for next pregnancy
The results are from the first large-scale observational study to investigate the interval between stillbirth and subsequent pregnancy, including almost 14,500 births in women from Australia, Finland and Norway who had a stillbirth in their previous pregnancy. (2019-02-28)
Mother's dengue immunity worsens baby's response to Zika
New research uncovers previously unknown mechanism behind why some, but not all, Zika virus infections during pregnancy lead to fetal brain abnormalities. (2019-02-28)
Is prenatal vitamin use by moms associated with risk for autism spectrum disorder recurrence in young siblings?
This study examined whether prenatal vitamin use by mothers was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recurrence in high-risk families. (2019-02-27)
Infant sleep duration associated with mother's level of education and prenatal depression
A new study analyzing data from Canadian parents has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery. (2019-02-27)
Maternal smoking during pregnancy increases risk of ADHD among offspring up to 3-fold
The higher the cotinine levels were in the mother's blood during pregnancy, the greater was the child's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life, showed an epidemiological study conducted by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku, Finland. (2019-02-26)
New parents face 6 years of disrupted sleep
The birth of a child has drastic short-term effects on new mothers' sleep, particularly during the first three months after birth. (2019-02-25)
Prenatal exposure to plastics linked to motor skill deficiencies at age 11
Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children's toys. (2019-02-21)
Small benefit of inducing labor over 'wait and see' approach for late-term pregnancies
Inducing labor at 41 weeks of pregnancy leads to a small reduction in birth complications compared with expectant management (a 'wait and see' approach) until 42 weeks in low risk women, finds a clinical trial published by The BMJ today. (2019-02-20)
Oral antifungal drug used to treat yeast infections linked to higher rates of miscarriage
A commonly used medication, fluconazole, used to treat vaginal yeast infections, is linked to higher rates of miscarriage if used during pregnancy, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-02-19)
Women should be offered a choice of treatment options for miscarriage, study shows
Women experiencing miscarriage should be offered a choice in the treatment they receive, argues a new study from the University of Warwick that compares all treatment options for the first time. (2019-02-15)
Simple bile acid blood test could tell risk of stillbirth
Clinical researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College London have found a better way to measure the risk of stillbirth for women with a common liver disorder through a simple blood test. (2019-02-14)
USPSTF recommendation statement on interventions to prevent depression during pregnancy, after childbirth
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends clinicians provide counseling interventions to pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk of depression or refer patients to those services. (2019-02-12)
Scientists gain new insight on triggers for preterm birth
A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have gained new insight on a poorly-understood key player in the timing of labor and delivery. (2019-02-12)
Gallbladder removal operation during pregnancy associated with adverse maternal outcomes
When faced with painful gallstones, pregnant women should consider postponing surgical treatment until after childbirth, new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study results show. (2019-02-12)
Managing young women at high risk of heart disease
Deaths from heart disease have decreased in recent decades, but these decreases have not occurred in women younger than 50. (2019-02-11)
Inexpensive supplement for women increases infant birth size
For women in resource-poor settings, taking a certain daily nutritional supplement before conception or in early pregnancy may provide enough of a boost to improve growth of the fetus, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2019-02-11)
Researchers examine postpartum hospital readmissions for women with psychiatric conditions
When is the best time to screen obese women for gestational diabetes? (2019-02-11)
How to classify high blood pressure in pregnancy?
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) changed their guidance to lower the threshold criteria for hypertension in adults. (2019-02-11)
Researchers present new findings on postpartum racial disparities and cardiovascular disease
Black women are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after giving birth. (2019-02-11)
Dengue virus infection may cause severe outcomes following Zika virus infection during pregnancy
This study is the first to report a possible mechanism for the enhancement of Zika virus progression during pregnancy in an animal model. (2019-02-08)
Could omega-3 fatty acids help prevent miscarriages?
A new study in mice reveals that omega-3s, a type of fat found in fish oil, reduces fetal and neonatal deaths, suggesting they could prevent some miscarriages in women. (2019-02-07)
Certain characteristics linked with depression before and after giving birth
Depression during pregnancy and following childbirth (perinatal depression) is a common and potentially severe condition. (2019-02-06)
Two studies reveal pregnant women bear greater risk of hemorrhagic stroke
Pregnant women face a much greater risk of having a fatal, but less common, type of stroke caused by bleeding into the brain, according to results of two studies presented by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston at the International Stroke Conference 2019. (2019-02-06)
New data suggests nicotine while pregnant alters genes
A University of Houston biomedical research team is reporting that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in utero. (2019-02-05)
Infertility treatment linked with slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications
Women who have undergone infertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, are more likely to experience severe pregnancy complications, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-02-04)
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