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Sexually transmitted disease, urinary tract infections may be bad combination for birth defect
Women who reported having both a sexually transmitted disease and urinary tract infection just before or during early pregnancy were four times more likely to have babies with gastroschisis -- a severe birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines and other internal organs outside the abdomen, University of Utah researchers report in the online British Medical Journal. (2008-06-20)
March of Dimes announces Prematurity Campaign expansion at Surgeon General's conference
The March of Dimes has extended its Prematurity Campaign by 10 years to 2020 and will work to address preterm birth globally, it was announced at the Surgeon General's Conference on Prevention of Preterm Birth, as part of the national action plan being created to address the growing crisis of preterm birth. (2008-06-16)
Ultrasound reveals autism risk at birth
Low-birth-weight babies with a particular brain abnormality are at greater risk for autism, according to a new study that could provide doctors a signpost for early detection of the still poorly understood disorder. (2013-02-25)
Association between birth of an infant with major congenital anomalies and subsequent risk of death
In Denmark, having a child with a major congenital anomaly was associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk of death in the mother compared with women without an affected child, according to a study appearing in the Dec. (2016-12-20)
Teenage fathers are more likely to have babies affected by birth problems
Teenage fathers are at increased risk of having babies born with birth problems ranging from pre-term delivery or low birth weight, through to death in or near to the time of delivery, according to new research to be published in Human Reproduction journal. (2008-02-06)
Increased rate of hemangiomas linked to rise in number of low birth weight infants in US
Low birth weight is the most significant factor for the development of infantile hemangiomas, a common birthmark, according to a new study by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Research Institute. (2008-10-20)
Most first-time mothers wait until after 6 weeks before resuming sex following childbirth
Most first-time mothers wait until after six weeks postpartum to resume vaginal sex following childbirth and women who have an operative vaginal birth, caesarean section, perineal tear or episiotomy appear to wait longer, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2013-02-26)
Preterm birth contributes to growing number of infant deaths
Babies born too soon and too small accounted for a growing proportion of infant deaths, 36.5 percent of infant deaths in 2005, up from 34.6 percent in 2000. (2008-07-29)
Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies
Mothers who were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies. (2011-03-29)
Newborns should be screened for heart defects, study shows
There is now overwhelming evidence that all babies should be offered screening for heart defects at birth, according to a major new study published online in the Lancet. (2012-05-01)
A sheep's early life experiences can shape behavior in later life
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behavior and also that of its offspring. (2014-07-01)
National Zoo giant panda pregnancy update
Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo detected a secondary rise in urinary progestin levels in the Zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang earlier this month. (2008-06-20)
Early growth influences risk of heart disease in later life
A study in this week's BMJ reports a strong association between infant and childhood growth and the development of coronary heart disease in later life. (2001-04-19)
Premature babies may grow up to have weaker bones
Low birth weight babies are at higher risk of osteoporosis later in life, especially if they are born prematurely. (2016-05-29)
Biomarker can predict risk of preterm birth from first half of pregnancy
Offering a standard biomarker test earlier in pregnancy could potentially help doctors to better identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely, thus enabling health services to focus treatments on women at highest risk, according to a new study led by King's College London. (2016-01-11)
New method opens up the possibility of customizing breast milk for premature children
There is a difference between breast milk from women who give birth prematurely and from women who give birth to full-term babies. (2016-08-09)
New mothers more satisfied after giving birth in a public hospital
Women who give birth in a public hospital are more confident parents compared to women who have babies privately, a new Australian study has found. (2015-03-11)
Immigration raids are linked to low birth weights among Latina mothers
Some types of Immigration policy and enforcement can negatively affect the well-being of Latino immigrants, but few studies have examined the repercussions to the health of Latino newborns. (2017-02-01)
US sees steep rise in 'no indicated risk' caesareans
The United States has seen a steep rise in caesareans to women with no reported medical risk, according to research published today on (2004-11-18)
New data reveal pregnancies exposed to accutane despite risk management program
More than 120 pregnancies were exposed during the first year of iPledge, a mandatory program designed to prevent pregnant women from being exposed to the antiacne medication Accutane and similar medications containing isotretinoin (a known teratogen or birth defect-causing agent), a report revealed. (2007-07-31)
Young women unfamiliar with safety, effectiveness of IUD
The IUD might be one of the best-kept birth control secrets for young women, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (2006-12-15)
Later cord clamping after birth increases iron levels in babies
Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. (2013-07-10)
Birth attendant and maternal hand-washing associated with reduced newborn death rate
Washing hands with soap and water before delivering a newborn infant is associated with a lower rate of neonatal deaths in developing countries, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-07-07)
Secondhand smoke increases hospital admissions for all types of infectious diseases
Children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are more likely to get severe infectious diseases and have to be admitted to hospital, finds research published online ahead of print in Tobacco Control. (2008-05-27)
£28.5M investment for groundbreaking new research facility
A groundbreaking new research facility is planned to enable unprecedented understanding of how economic, social and biological factors combine to shape human behavior. (2008-07-24)
National statistics for 18 major birth defects released
Among 18 major birth defects included in this study, cleft lip and/or palate had the highest prevalence, followed by Down Syndrome, according to research that for the first time provides population-based estimates for the prevalence of specific birth defects nationwide. (2006-01-05)
Baby booms and birth control in space
Stars in galaxies are a bit similar to people: during the first phase of their existence they grow rapidly, after which a stellar birth control occurs in most galaxies. (2007-09-25)
Postpartum anxiety delays puberty in offspring
Hormonal changes early in pregnancy cause maternal postpartum anxiety and behavior changes that can lead to a delayed onset of puberty in both birth and adoptive daughters, according to a new study conducted in mice. (2009-06-10)
BUSPH study observes link between decongestant use in pregnant women and lower risk of preterm birth
A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health epidemiologists has found that women who took over-the-counter decongestants during their pregnancies are less likely to give birth prematurely. (2010-08-30)
Study quantifies risk factors for preterm birth
A significant portion of preterm births might be avoided by reducing or eliminating three major risk factors: abnormalities in the interval between pregnancies, the mother's body mass index prior to pregnancy, and the amount of weight gain in pregnancy. (2016-08-17)
Fertility treatment: Safer drug for women leads to same live birth rate
With new information available, authors of a Cochrane Systematic Review have revised their conclusions about the relative effectiveness of two different treatments used to help women become pregnant. (2011-05-10)
New research shows genes of pregnant women and their fetuses can increase the risk of preterm labor
Research presented today at the 30th Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting -- the Pregnancy Meeting -- showed that genes of both the mother and the fetus can make them susceptible to an inflammatory response that increases the risk of preterm labor and birth. (2010-02-04)
UCSF Study Finds Latina Women Have Greater Risk Of Premature Birth With Short Interpregnancy Interval
The chance of having a premature baby is linked to the length of time between pregnancies in Latina women, according to a new study. (1999-05-03)
What causes women to stop breastfeeding early?
A recent systematic literature review has investigated potential sociodemographic, physical, mental, and social factors that may cause breastfeeding mothers to stop breastfeeding before infants reach 6 months of age. (2017-06-07)
Scientists create first animal model of Rett Syndrome
Researchers from the Whitehead Institute have created the long-awaited animal model for Rett syndrome, one of the most common causes of mental retardation in females. (2001-03-01)
Manual breast milk expression better than breast pump for poor feeders
Expressing breast milk by hand in the first days after birth is better for boosting breastfeeding rates among poorly feeding newborns than the use of a breast pump, indicates a small study published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2011-07-18)
Genes of pregnant women and their fetuses can increase the risk of preterm labor
New evidence that genetics play a significant role in some premature births may help explain why a woman can do everything right and still give birth too soon. (2010-02-04)
UGA researchers find that hunting can increase the severity of wildlife disease epidemics
A new study by University of Georgia researchers shows that the common practice of killing wild animals to control disease outbreaks can actually make matters worse in some cases. (2006-07-14)
New charts to assess head circumference at birth will be valuable tool in Zika crisis
In the medical journal The Lancet, the INTERGROWTH-21st Consortium, led by researchers at the University of Oxford, publish the final set of charts that enable healthcare professionals worldwide to assess the weight, length and head circumference of newborns from 24 to 42 weeks of gestation, and which apply to all babies, regardless of race or ethnicity. (2016-02-18)
Cesarean section on request -- The risks outweigh the benefits
A review article in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztbl 112: 489-95) by two Munich gynecologists, Ioannis Mylonas and Klaus Friese, considers the risks and benefits of cesarean delivery on maternal request. http://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf.asp?id=171328 (2015-08-13)
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