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Researchers found a link between genes and preeclampsia
Researchers have showed that HLA-G gene regulates male-to-female ratio at birth. (2020-07-14)
Omega-3s provide no benefits against bronchopulmonary dysplasia in very preterm infants
Consumption of DHA supplements, an omega-3 fatty acid, by breastfeeding mothers is ineffective in preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants born before the 29th week of pregnancy. (2020-07-14)
Experts, advocates publish guidance for research on HIV, co-infections in pregnancy
Changing practices in the HIV/co-infections research community so that women, providers, and policy makers can make evidence-informed decisions around the use of medications during pregnancy is the goal of the new report, Ending the Evidence Gap for Pregnant Women around HIV and Co-infections: A Call to Action, issued today by the Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS: Seeking Equitable Study (PHASES) Working Group - an international and interdisciplinary team of 26 experts. (2020-07-10)
Women who deliver by C-section are less likely to conceive subsequent children
Women who deliver their first child by cesarean section (C-section) are less likely to conceive a second child than those who deliver vaginally, despite being just as likely to plan a subsequent pregnancy, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2020-07-09)
Rochester community initiative increases teenage use of effective contraception
Study finds that teenagers in Rochester utilize Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) at a rate five times higher than the United States as a whole. (2020-07-09)
Bacteria in infants' first stool may indicate their risk of obesity
Meconium--the earliest stool of an infant -- is composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus. (2020-07-08)
Links between parents' and children's asthma and allergies
New research published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy found that, compared with a father's traits related to allergies and asthma, a mother's traits create a higher risk that a child will develop these same traits in early childhood. (2020-07-08)
The risk of cerebral palsy linked to IVF has more than halved in the past two decades
Fifteen years ago a large population study from Denmark found a significantly increased risk of cerebral palsy in infants born as a result of assisted reproduction. (2020-07-07)
Higher manganese levels in early pregnancy linked to lower preeclampsia risk
An analysis of data from more than 1,300 women followed prospectively through pregnancy found that women with lower levels of the essential mineral manganese in early pregnancy were more likely to develop the serious high blood pressure syndrome called preeclampsia in late pregnancy. (2020-07-07)
Study: Troubling connection between workplace pregnancy discrimination and health of mothers, babies
Perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor visits for babies, according to a management study led by Baylor University. (2020-07-07)
Novel biomarker discovery could lead to early diagnosis for deadly preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that worldwide kills over 70,000 women and 500,000 babies each year. (2020-07-03)
Apgar score effective in assessing health of preterm infants
The vitality of preterm infants should be assessed with an Apgar score, a tool used to measure the health of newborns immediately after birth. (2020-07-02)
Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy more likely to develop heart disease
Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to develop heart disease and heart failure in later life, according to an international team of researchers. (2020-07-01)
'Morning sickness' is misleading and inaccurate, new study argues
The term 'morning sickness' is misleading and should instead be described as nausea and sickness in pregnancy, argue researchers led by the University of Warwick who have demonstrated that these symptoms can occur at any time of the day -- not just the morning. (2020-06-30)
Time trends in pregnancy-related outcomes among American women with type 1 diabetes
Largest US database of pregnant women with type 1 diabetes provides a first-time, big picture view of mother's health, and neonatal and delivery outcomes. (2020-06-30)
Pregnancy stereotypes can lead to workplace accidents
A study of pregnant women in physically demanding jobs found that their fears of confirming stereotypes about pregnant workers as incompetent, weak or less committed to their job could drive them to work extra hard, risking injury. (2020-06-29)
Ohio State study finds exercise increases benefits of breast milk for babies
A new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine finds even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby's lifelong risks of serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. (2020-06-29)
Researchers discover unknown consumer base for unsustainable bear product use
A team of researchers led by San Diego Zoo Global made an unexpected discovery: the use of bear bile and body parts in traditional remedies consumed by new and pregnant mothers. (2020-06-29)
Preterm delivery increases long-term risks of ischemic heart disease in women throughout their life
Women who gave birth before their 37th week of pregnancy are at an increased risk of developing ischemic heart disease (IHD) over the course of their life independent of other risk factors such as BMI or smoking, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2020-06-29)
Air pollution, smoking and built environment are associated with an increase risk of childhood obesity
173 exposures analysed in first major study to assess risk of obesity in childhood using an exposome-wide approach. (2020-06-24)
World's first genetic and environmental risks identified for common form of childhood epilepsy
A new study of childhood epilepsy has identified the world's first environmental risk factor for the disease - maternal smoking in pregnancy, and discovered a new genetic association with the condition, pointing to potential new treatments for the disease. (2020-06-24)
Immune system works differently between and first and later pregnancies
A study in Cell Reports shows the delicate physiological balancing act a mother's immune system must pull off to prevent a fetus from being rejected by the body works differently in first and second pregnancies. (2020-06-23)
Prenatal stress associated with infant gut microbes
Mother's chronic prenatal psychological distress and elevated hair cortisol concentrations are associated with gut microbiota composition of the infant, according to a new publication from the FinnBrain research project of the University of Turku, Finland. (2020-06-23)
Defining paths to possible mother to child coronavirus transmission
UC Davis Health researchers took a critical step in defining the possible paths for SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 to get transmitted from the mother to her newborn baby. (2020-06-23)
UMN report shows sexually transmitted infections continue to rise among MN youth
The 2020 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report from the University of Minnesota Medical School's Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC) reports that while pregnancy and birth rates continue to decline to historic lows for 15 to 19-year-olds, Minnesota youth are contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI) at alarmingly high rates. (2020-06-22)
Otago research reveals how mating influences females' life history and ageing
New University of Otago research provides insight into how males influence their mates' health, growth and fertility. (2020-06-22)
KKH's novel clinical triage protocol for threatened miscarriages saves pregnancies
A study conducted by clinicians from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) and researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), which evaluated and demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a KKH-developed novel clinical protocol to screen and triage women with threatened miscarriages, has been published in the journal, Scientific Reports. (2020-06-18)
Mild thyroid dysfunction affects one in five women with a history of miscarriage or subfertility
Mild thyroid abnormalities affect up to one in five women with a history of miscarriage or subfertility which is a prolonged time span of trying to become pregnant, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2020-06-17)
Maternal transmission of COVID-19 to baby during pregnancy is uncommon, study finds
Transmission of COVID-19 from mother to baby during pregnancy is uncommon, and the rate of infection is no greater when the baby is born vaginally, breastfed or allowed contact with the mother, according to a new study. (2020-06-15)
Maternal depression: seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids
The children of mothers with long-term depression have been found to be at higher risk of behavioural problems and poor development. (2020-06-14)
NAFLD in pregnancy increases risks for mother and baby
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in pregnancy has nearly tripled over the past ten years. (2020-06-09)
BAME women account for over half of pregnant women in UK hospitals with COVID-19
More than half of pregnant women recently admitted to a UK hospital with covid-19 infection were from black or other ethnic minority groups, finds a national surveillance study published by The BMJ today. (2020-06-08)
Benzodiazepine use before conception is linked to increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
Women who use a class of tranquilizers called benzodiazepines before becoming pregnant are at greater risk of ectopic pregnancies, according to a study of nearly 1.7 million women. (2020-06-02)
Thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy being overdiagnosed, overtreated
The current practice of testing most pregnant women for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) may be leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.191664 (2020-06-01)
Extra choline may help pregnant women decrease negative effects of COVID-19 on their newborns
Pregnant women who take extra choline supplements may mitigate the negative impact that viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, can have on their babies, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. (2020-06-01)
New study examines impact of major life events on wellbeing
Researchers examined the effect of 18 major life events on wellbeing. (2020-05-28)
MRI pregnancy study gives new insights into the all-important placenta
MRI research has revealed detailed new insights into how the placenta works in pregnancy and discovered a completely new phenomenon where the placenta contracts every now and then. (2020-05-28)
Pregnancy reprograms breast cells, reducing cancer risk
Women who are pregnant before the age of 25 have a decreased risk of breast cancer throughout their lives. (2020-05-27)
Study finds large disparities in use of medications for opioid use disorder in pregnancy
Black non-Hispanic and Hispanic women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are significantly less likely to receive or to consistently use any medication to treat their opioid use disorder during pregnancy than their white non-Hispanic counterparts, Mass General researchers have found. (2020-05-27)
Even natural products can be harmful for the unborn child
Plant products ingested by pregnant women through their diet are broken down by the intestinal microbiota into chemical substances, some of which can cross the placental barrier and reach the fetus. (2020-05-26)
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