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Maternal bacterial infections trigger abnormal proliferation of neurons in fetal brain
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified a mechanism that might explain the link between maternal infections during pregnancy and cognitive problems in children; findings may impact clinical care. (2016-03-09)
CU Anschutz researchers study marijuana use in pregnant mothers
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are studying the detection of prenatal marijuana use in a legalized environment. (2016-03-08)
Low-level arsenic may impact fetal growth, Dartmouth-led study finds
Fetal growth may be impacted by low levels of arsenic that pregnant women consume in drinking water and food, a Dartmouth College study finds. (2016-03-08)
Domestic violence during pregnancy doubles risk of preterm birth and low birth weight
Domestic violence by a partner or ex-partner during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and small-for-gestational-age babies, finds a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2016-03-08)
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may increase risk of MS in children
Children of mothers with vitamin D deficiency during early pregnancy appeared to be at greater risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. (2016-03-07)
Lack of stem cells to blame for recurrent miscarriages
Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that a lack of stem cells in the womb lining is causing thousands of women to suffer from recurrent miscarriages. (2016-03-07)
Zika linked to abnormal pregnancies, fetal death, new research finds
New research presents strong evidence that the Zika virus can indeed cause a range of abnormalities in pregnant women infected with the virus -- with the effects manifesting any time during pregnancy. (2016-03-04)
Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb
The process of ageing begins even before we are born, according to an international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge. (2016-03-02)
'Gut' bacteria may help put a kink in family obesity cycle
A new animal study, published in Scientific Reports reveals insight on how a special type of dietary fibre, known as prebiotic, impacts the mother's gut microbiota and may be one factor in curbing obesity in moms and their babies. (2016-03-02)
Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy do not improve bone health
Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy, as recommended for all women under UK guidelines, has no significant effect on the bone density of babies, according to the first randomised controlled trial of its kind, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. (2016-03-01)
Air pollution linked to higher risk of preterm birth for mothers with asthma
Pregnant women with asthma may be at greater risk of preterm birth when exposed to high levels of certain traffic-related air pollutants, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. (2016-03-01)
Pregnancy vitamin D supplementation may help winter baby's bones
Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may lead to stronger bones in babies born during the winter months, a new Southampton study has shown. (2016-03-01)
Sexual health communication between Asian-American adolescents and health-care providers
Health care providers play an important role in providing accurate information to adolescents about sexual health issues, including prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. (2016-02-29)
Free ambulance service halves pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia
An operational assessment of a national free ambulance services program reveals a drastic reduction in pregnancy-related deaths in rural Ethiopia, suggesting that the innovative model could offer a cost-effective way to improve maternal health outcomes across Sub-Saharan Africa. (2016-02-29)
'Informed consent' states often give women considering abortions inaccurate information
Women considering abortions are getting medically inaccurate information nearly a third of the time in states that require doctors to provide informed consent materials to their patients, according to a Rutgers study. (2016-02-29)
Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil
In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue. (2016-02-25)
Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil
A pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby in January who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused the cerebral hemispheres of the brain to be absent. (2016-02-25)
Zika epidemic highlights need for priority vaccine research for pregnant women
The recent outbreak of Zika virus disease and its link to fetal development highlights the need for pregnant women and those of reproductive age to be a priority group for developing and evaluating new vaccines and vaccine guidelines for Zika and other emerging infectious diseases. (2016-02-24)
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy affects multiple generations
When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop alcoholism, according to a new study from Binghamton University. (2016-02-23)
Health and development in infants after mefloquine antimalarial treatment during pregnancy
Early development does not appear to be affected in children born to mothers who were treated with the antimalarial mefloquine during pregnancy compared to children of mothers treated with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, according to research appearing this week in PLOS Medicine. (2016-02-23)
Parental anxiety/depression linked to pre-schoolers' fussy eating
Parental anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and before their child starts school is linked to a heightened risk of that child becoming a 'fussy' eater, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2016-02-22)
One drug used to prevent HIV transmission during pregnancy shows evidence of developmental effects
The antiretroviral drug atazanavir -- sometimes included in treatments to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy -- may have small but significant effects on infant development, reports a study in the journal AIDS, official journal of the International AIDS Society. (2016-02-22)
Pre-pregnancy heart abnormalities may predict recurrent preeclampsia risk
Women who had pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) multiple times had recognizable heart abnormalities between pregnancies that could help predict their risk for heart and blood vessel disease during subsequent pregnancies and even later in life. (2016-02-22)
Diabetes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of low milk supply
A new study shows that women with diabetes during pregnancy face a significantly higher risk of having a low milk supply. (2016-02-17)
Pregnancy in older age increases stroke, heart attack risk years later
Women pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than those pregnant at a younger age. (2016-02-17)
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: New evidence suggests Zika virus can cross placental barrier, but link with microcephaly remains unclear
Zika virus has been detected in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women whose foetuses had been diagnosed with microcephaly, according to a study published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2016-02-17)
Predicting if young men will live with their kids
In one of the first reproductive health studies to focus on young men and fatherhood, Northwestern Medicine has found an adolescent male's attitude toward risky sex, pregnancy and birth control can predict whether or not he will end up living with his future offspring. (2016-02-16)
Infants should sleep in their own beds to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome
The advice given to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS, has worked well, but the potential to save more lives exists. (2016-02-15)
Childhood obesity, rapid growth linked to pregnant moms eating lots of fish
Eating fish more than three times a week during pregnancy was associated with mothers giving birth to babies at increased risk of rapid growth in infancy and of childhood obesity, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-02-15)
Vitamin D-rich foods during pregnancy may reduce allergy risk in children
Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy -- but not supplemental vitamin D intake -- was associated with reduced risk of development of allergies in children. (2016-02-11)
Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy
Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. (2016-02-11)
Pregnancy and PTSD: Surprising findings could help moms-to-be at risk
For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy -- and a fair amount of worry. (2016-02-10)
Eye abnormalities in infants with microcephaly associated with Zika virus
Vision-threatening eye abnormalities in infants in Brazil with microcephaly (a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head) may be associated with presumed intrauterine infection with Zika virus, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. (2016-02-09)
Stronger evidence found for link between prenatal exposure to paracetamol and the risk of developing
Researchers have provided new evidence that developing asthma can be linked to pregnant women and infants being exposed to paracetamol; by testing that the association was not simply due to the medical complaint for which the person is taking paracetamol. (2016-02-09)
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of six, according to new UBC research. (2016-02-09)
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of 5 years, according to new findings. (2016-02-08)
Nasoalveolar molding use for cleft lip and palate reduces number of surgeries, cost of care
Patients with complete unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and palate (U/BCLP) who were treated with nasoalveolar molding (NAM) required fewer surgeries and a reduction in overall healthcare costs compared to similar patients who did not have NAM treatment, according to a study in The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, authored by Parit A. (2016-02-08)
Where infants sleep may affect how long they are breastfed
A new study indicates that mothers who frequently sleep, or bed-share, with their infants consistently breastfeed for longer than mothers who do not bed-share. (2016-02-05)
For pregnant women with flu, the earlier the better for antiviral treatment
Pregnant women are at higher risk for serious illness and complications, including death, from influenza. (2016-02-04)
UTHealth research looks at nanotechnology to help prevent preterm birth
Using nanoparticles to engineer a special drug, a team of researchers from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has demonstrated in preclinical trials a new way to both reduce preterm birth and avoid the risks of medication in pregnancy to unborn babies. (2016-02-04)
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