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Short birth length more than doubles risk of violent suicide attempts
Short male babies run more than double the risk of a violent suicide attempt as an adult, suggests a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2008-01-17)
Preterm birth rate drops
The rate of preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) dropped to 12.7 percent in 2007 from 12.8 percent in 2006, a small but statistically significant decrease. the March of Dimes hopes the finding will prove to be the start of a new trend in improved maternal and infant health. (2009-03-18)
Very low birth weight linked to reduced quality of life in pre-school children
Survey of almost 300 pre-school children found that those with low birth weights had poorer lung function, appetite and motor function than normal-birth-weight children, as well as being more anxious, less positive and less lively. (2006-09-20)
Large heads, narrow pelvises and difficult childbirth in humans
The size of the neonatal skull is large relative to the dimensions of the birth canal in the female pelvis. (2015-04-22)
Progesterone therapy and preterm birth: More evidence helps identify women who can benefit
Progesterone suppositories reduced the rate of premature birth for women with short cervix, but without a history of preterm birth, helping doctors better identify women who could benefit from the treatment. (2007-08-01)
Month of birth linked to risk of MS
In the northern hemisphere, being born in May is linked to an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, while being born in November carries the lowest risk, finds a new study published on (2004-12-06)
Association between increased risk of stillbirths and abnormalities with proximity to incinerators
The risk of some lethal congenital abnormalities and stillbirths may be slightly higher among babies of mothers living near incinerators and crematoria. (2003-05-28)
Breastfeeding twice as likely after home births than hospital births
A new study by academics in Trinity College Dublin has found that there is a strong positive relationship between planned birth at home and breast feeding: breastfeeding was twice as likely after planned home births compared to hospital births. (2016-08-10)
One in 20 cases of pre-eclampsia may be linked to air pollutant
One in every 20 cases of the serious condition of pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, may be linked to increased levels of the air pollutant ozone during the first three months, suggests a large study published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2013-02-06)
Overweight and smoking during pregnancy boost risk of overweight kids
Mums who carry too much weight and/or who smoke during pregnancy increase the risk of having overweight kids, indicates a systematic analysis of the available evidence published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2012-10-29)
Step closer to birth of the sun
Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. (2014-08-07)
Infants exposed to SSRI antidepressants are more likely to have decreased birth weight
A new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has a significant association with lower birth weight and gestational length. (2016-05-17)
Good news about oral contraceptives
A new study reverses the long held notion that birth control pills increase a women's risk for breast cancer. (2002-06-26)
Premature birth may increase risk of epilepsy later in life
Being born prematurely may increase your risk of developing epilepsy as an adult, according to a new study published in the Oct. (2011-10-03)
Increased stroke risk from birth control pills
Birth control pills nearly double the risk of stroke, according to a review article in MedLink Neurology. (2009-10-26)
Fear of gaining weight may influence contraception choices
Concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2016-11-17)
Low accuracy found for tests used to predict risk of spontaneous preterm birth for women who have not given birth before
The use of two measures, fetal fibronectin (a protein) levels and transvaginal cervical length, had low predictive accuracy for spontaneous preterm birth among women who have not given birth before, according to a study appearing in the March 14 issue of JAMA. (2017-03-14)
Babies born at night have greater risk of death, study finds
Babies born at night have a greater risk of dying in their first month of life than babies born earlier in the day, according to a new study published this month in Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2005-08-01)
New ACOG guidelines on progesterone to prevent preterm birth praised by March of Dimes
The latest research shows that some women at very high risk of having a preterm baby may benefit from treatment with a derivative of the hormone progesterone, according to an opinion issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice and published this month in ACOG's official journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2003-11-05)
Can poor growth explain link between marital status and health?
A recent study in the BMJ found that men who were small at birth were less likely to marry, but can slow growth also explain why unmarried people are more likely to die of heart disease? (2002-02-14)
Evolution points to genes involved in birth timing
Evolutionary changes that make us uniquely human -- such as our large heads and narrow pelvises -- may have (2011-04-14)
Time of conception linked to birth defects in United States
A study in the April 2009 issue of Acta Pædiatrica is the first to report that birth defect rates in the US were highest for women conceiving in the spring and summer. (2009-03-30)
US gets a 'D' for preterm birth rate
More than a half million infants are born too soon each year and face the risk of lifetime health challenges as a result. (2009-11-17)
Reduced baby risk from another cesarean
A major study led by the University of Adelaide has found that women who have had one prior cesarean can lower the risk of death and serious complications for their next baby -- and themselves -- by electing to have another cesarean. (2012-03-13)
Very low birth weight is a risk factor for 1 cause of CKD
Individuals who were underweight at birth are at increased risk of developing a condition called secondary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, according to a study appearing in the January 2009 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. (2008-11-19)
Long term prognosis for life birth after RM
The first long-term follow-up study to look at the chances of having a live birth after recurrent miscarriage -- defined as at least three consecutive pregnancy losses -- found that approximately two-thirds of women with RM had at least one live birth after referral to specialist investigation, a researcher told the annual conference of the ESHRE today (Monday). (2011-07-04)
Nationwide Children's Hospital partners with OSUMC to better understand preterm birth
Every year, more than 50,000 babies are born premature in the United States. (2010-12-07)
Premature or low birthweight babies at significantly increased risk of hyperactivity disorder
Premature or low birthweight babies are up to three times as likely to become hyperactive, with low attention spans, suggests research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2006-06-04)
Preterm birth rate shows three year improvement in most states
Preterm birth rates improved in almost every state between 2006 and 2009, according to the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. (2011-11-01)
World birth-weight curves better to assess risk in newborns of immigrants
Clinicians working with immigrant mothers and their babies may find that using birth-weight curves for specific regions based on the mother's birth country rather than Canadian curves are a more accurate predictor of risk of adverse events after birth, according to a large study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2014-11-10)
No evidence that water birth poses harm to newborns, new OSU study finds
There is no evidence that water births, where a baby is intentionally born under water in a tub or pool, poses any increased harm to the child, Oregon State University researchers have found. (2016-01-21)
Girls born small or underweight twice as likely to be infertile in adulthood
Girls born unexpectedly small or underweight seem to be twice as likely to have fertility problems in adulthood as those of normal size at birth, suggests research published in the online only journal BMJ Open. (2014-03-10)
Women with endometriosis need special care during pregnancy to avoid risk of premature birth
The largest study of endometriosis in pregnant women has found that the condition is a major risk factor for premature birth, the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology heard on Wednesday, July 1. (2009-07-01)
Major Causes Of Early Childhood Death From Injury Identified
Homicide, accidental suffocation, motor vehicle accidents, fire, drowning, and choking were the major causes of injury- related death for children less than a year of age, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). (1999-05-04)
Expanded education for women in Malawi does not lead to later childbearing
The age at first birth in Malawi has remained constant from 1992 to 2010, despite expanded access to education for girls. (2015-09-24)
Study examines birth outcomes for adolescent & young adult cancer survivors
A new article published online by JAMA Oncology from Hazel B. (2017-03-23)
NICHD study shows treatment fails to prevent preterm birth
In the largest study of its kind, antibiotic treatment to eliminate bacterial vaginosis failed to prevent premature birth, according to a study supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and coauthored by researchers at the NICHD and several other institutions. (2000-02-22)
Home birth: Proceed with caution
The risks associated with home birth are discussed in the lead editorial in this week's Lancet, which says that while women have the right to choose how and where to give birth, they do not have the right to put their baby at risk. (2010-07-29)
Study finds low birth weight rates vary widely across US
Low birth weight, an important risk factor of infant mortality and childhood developmental disorders, varies more than 3-fold in regions across the US, according to national research conducted at Dartmouth Medical School. (2005-11-07)
Discovery questions intelligence of human ancestor
A recently discovered female pelvis is changing minds about the head size of an ancient human ancestor, Homo erectus, and consequently revising notions about how smart they may have been. (2008-11-14)
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