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Indiscriminate nursing in communal breeders: A role for genomic imprinting
Many female mammal species indiscriminately nurse each others' offspring. Previous hypotheses have suggested that the inability to recognize one's own young is the result of costs incurred from recognition errors. An alternative hypothesis based on sexual conflict theory and genomic imprinting is discussed in Ecology Letters, March. Males benefit from indiscriminate nursing of all their offspring and the reduced risk of female infanticide. Paternally expressed genes suppressing kin recognition during lactation is a possible cause. (2003-03-12)

G8 to receive recommendations on women and children's health
Governments and other organizations must intensify efforts to improve the health of women and children, particularly in the developing world where the lion's share of deaths occur. (2010-05-26)

Mortality rates reduced among children whose mothers received iron-folic acid supplements
Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7. (2009-10-28)

Large-scale initiative linked to reductions in maternal and newborn deaths in Indonesia
A U.S.-funded initiative to improve quality of care and referrals during pregnancy and childbirth in Indonesia resulted in significant reductions in maternal and newborn mortality at participating hospitals, according to a new study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-02-28)

In Colorado, self-harm is leading cause of death in new mothers
Self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions and homicide, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2016-12-08)

Study identifies the main causes of maternal death in developing countries
Haemorrhage and high blood pressure are the main causes of maternal deaths in developing countries, according to an analysis published online today (Tuesday March 28, 2006) by The Lancet. (2006-03-27)

International Meeting To Reduce Neonatal Mortaltiy
Neonatal mortality - or death within the first 28 days - represents 2/3 of all infant mortality in the United States and remains a significant problem even as overall rates of infant mortality decline. An international meeting, May 10- 12, will examine the causes of neonatal mortality and the importance of various interventions. (1999-05-05)

Development aid for maternal and child heath stalls, despite increasing number of donors
Latest figures from the Countdown to 2015 group, published in The Lancet, show that official development aid for maternal, newborn, and child health activities stalled for the first time in 2010, with the total volume of aid given decreasing slightly, despite a growing number of donors being recorded. (2012-09-19)

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology study looks to prevent obstetric hemorrhage
Researchers with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative found that using a series of maternal safety toolkits and collaborating across multiple professional health care organizations could effectively reduce obstetric hemorrhage -- the most common cause of maternal death worldwide. Their study, Reduction of Severe Maternal Morbidity from Hemorrhage (SMM-HEM) Using a State-Wide Perinatal Collaborative was presented in January at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™ and is now published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2017-03-06)

Experts issue new recommendations for the diagnosis & treatment of maternal sepsis
Experts in high-risk pregnancies issue new recommendations related to the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis during pregnancy and the postpartum period. (2019-04-08)

The Lancet: UN report shows that despite substantial progress, the world fell short of the maternal mortality target in the Millennium Development Goals
New research published today in The Lancet shows that, despite reducing maternal mortality by an impressive 44 percent between 1990 and 2015, the world fell well short of the target of a 75 percent reduction that appeared in the Millennium Development Goals. The study is led by Drs. Leontine Alkema of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., USA and Doris Chou, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, with colleagues from the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group and academia. (2015-11-12)

Alternative strategies to reduce maternal mortality in India
A study by Sue J. Goldie and colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health published this week in PLoS Medicine finds that better family planning, provision of safe abortion, and improved intrapartum and emergency obstetrical care could reduce maternal mortality in India by 75 percent in less than a decade. (2010-04-20)

Ill-health and unhappiness among the risks for older mothers
Although there are considerable risks to becoming pregnant later in life, more and more women are choosing to do it, a scientist reported at the 21st annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005). Professor Michael de Swiet, from Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, UK, said that in 2000-02, 10% of UK women in their first pregnancy were over 35 compared to 3% in 1988-90. (2005-06-21)

Harvard School of Public Health awarded $12 million grant to improve global maternal health
A new three-year, $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) effort to significantly improve maternal health in developing countries. (2011-09-07)

Timing pregnancy an important health concern for women
A newly published article in the journal Nursing for Women's Health highlights the importance of a woman's ability to time her childbearing. The author asserts that contraception is a means of health promotion and women who work with their health care providers to ensure they are healthy prior to conceiving can minimize their risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. (2012-04-11)

Uneven progress in maternal health worldwide but some countries setting good example
Progress in maternal health has been uneven, inequitable and unsatisfactory, but successes in several countries show that change is possible. These are the conclusions of the authors of a review in this week's Women Deliver Special Edition of the Lancet. (2007-10-11)

Countries worldwide are saving mothers' and children's lives at a faster pace
With four years left for countries to achieve international targets for saving the lives of mothers and children, more than half the countries around the world are lowering maternal mortality and child mortality at an accelerated rate, according to a new analysis by IHME. In 125 countries, maternal mortality has declined faster since 2000, and the progress has been particularly strong in the past five years. Over the same period, in 106 countries, child mortality rates have declined faster. (2011-09-20)

Less than one-quarter of priority countries on track to reach MDGS on maternal/child mortality
Less than one-quarter of 68 priority countries are on track to reach millennium development goals on maternal and child mortality. And while some countries, notably China, have made significant progress, many more, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, have seen no progress or even reversals of progress. (2008-04-10)

Fish consumption may prolong life
Consumption of fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids was associated with lower risks of early death in a Journal of Internal Medicine study. (2018-07-18)

Accurate blood pressure measurement fundamental to early diagnosis in pregnancy
Accurate blood pressure measurement is fundamental to the early diagnosis of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, says a review published April 1, 2015, in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. (2015-04-02)

Smoking during pregnancy may lead to childhood eye condition
In an Acta Ophthalmologica analysis of 11 relevant articles, maternal smoking during pregnancy was associated with a 46 percent increased risk that offspring will develop strabismus -- one of the most prevalent eye-related diseases among children. Maternal smoking of 10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy was linked with a 79 percent increased risk of strabismus in offspring. (2018-11-07)

Developing tools to prevent death during pregnancy & childbirth: Penn researchers receive $4.95 million grant to study, help reduce maternal mortality
The Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health at the Univ. of PA Medical Center was awarded $4.95 million from Gates Foundation. Medical research in the past 20 years has brought significant advances in diagnosis, therapy & access to health care, dramatically reducing child mortatlity & increasing life expectancy. However, despite efforts of the international medical community, there hasn't been an associated decline in maternal mortality, especially in developing countries. (2000-05-16)

Local community group activities may help reduce neonatal mortality in Vietnam
Community groups in rural Vietnam comprised of local health workers, politicians and laywomen (Maternal and Newborn Health Groups) set up to tackle challenges to maternal and neonatal health may reduce the neonatal death rate after three years and increase antenatal care attendance, according to a study by researchers from Sweden and Vietnam published in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2013-05-14)

Researchers advance the understanding of preterm birth
On February 1, at The Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers will unveil findings that demonstrate that the byproducts of certain bacteria induce cervical changes which may lead to preterm birth. (2018-01-30)

Study finds link between government healthcare spending and maternal mortality rates across the EU
Reductions in government healthcare spending in the European Union are associated with increased maternal mortality rates, suggests a new paper published Dec. 10 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. However, if skilled birth attendants are in place, the association disappears, highlighting the potential importance of maternal care, finds the research. (2014-12-10)

Overestimation of abortion deaths in Mexico hinders maternal mortality reduction efforts
Overestimation of abortion mortality in Mexico obscures the progress in maternal health observed in this country over the last decades. A multinational collaborative study shows up to 35 percent overestimation of maternal and abortion mortality in Mexico. Moreover, the report shows that 98 percent of maternal death causes are unrelated to induced abortion, highlighting the importance of increasing emergency and specialized obstetric care in Mexico to improve maternal health. (2012-12-06)

Innovative maternal health interventions reduce mortality in Ethiopia
Ethiopian maternal health researcher Hagos Godefay at Umeå University in Sweden has created a locally feasible method to estimate maternal mortality rates with a bottom-up measurement approach. Providing insights into the effectiveness of local interventions to reduce maternal mortality, the approach will be important for health sector planning and decision-making on local, regional and state levels. (2016-12-12)

Cesarean section should only be done when medically indicated: Results from the WHO global maternal survey
Data from the WHO global survey on maternal and perinatal health shows that risk of maternal death and serious complications is higher for women undergoing cesarean section that is not medically indicated than for those where there is a medical indication. Thus, to improve medical outcomes, cesarean section should be done only when there is a medical indication. The findings of the survey are reported in an article online first and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet. (2010-01-11)

Major WHO study concludes calcium supplements can reduce complications during pregnancy
In a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), investigated whether a calcium supplement could reduce the complications and mortality from preeclampsia. While the incidence of preeclampsia was not statistically different in the supplemented women, eclampsia, other severe complications and severe gestational hypertension were significantly lower. (2006-03-10)

Mechanical ventilation 'no increased risk' of mortality in pregnant patients
Researchers in Columbia, South America, conducted a retrospective observational study within six hospitals to identify risk factors of maternal mortality in mechanically ventilated pregnant patients. (2018-10-04)

Study finds an association between day of delivery and maternal-fetal mortality
In a study to be presented Friday, Jan. 27, in the oral concurrent session at 1:15 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, presented the study titled Association between day and month of delivery with maternal-fetal mortality: weekend effect and July phenomenon in current obstetric practice. (2017-01-23)

Leading experts in high-risk pregnancy to gather in Dallas next week
Experts in high-risk pregnancy will gather in Dallas next week. In addition to sharing research, they will provide services to the Dallas community through a mentoring program and visits to four Dallas-area women's shelters. (2018-01-29)

Differences in US infant mortality rates among black and white babies
A new research letter published by JAMA Pediatrics examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health. (2017-07-03)

Women's group support can improve birth outcomes
Community support groups can reduce neonatal mortality, and lower rates of maternal depression-provided that the population coverage is wide enough and the programs are appropriately designed. These are the conclusions of two articles, published online first in the Lancet. (2010-03-07)

Fetal decent and maternal feedback substantially shortens second stage labor
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral concurrent session at 1:15 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in San Diego, researchers will report that the use of a system that provides precise measurement of fetal decent and maternal feedback during second stage labor substantially shortens second stage and improves outcomes. (2015-02-01)

Lying on your back while pregnant could increase the risk of stillbirth
Pregnant women who lie on their backs in the third trimester may be increasing the risk of stillbirth, according to a study published in The Journal of Physiology. (2016-11-21)

Maternal obesity not strongly linked to obesity in offspring says study
Greater maternal body mass index during offspring development does not have a marked effect on offspring fat mass at ages nine to eleven years, according to a new study from the University of Bristol published today in PLoS Medicine. (2008-03-10)

Infants exposed to HIV at birth but not infected may have lower antibody levels
In a study that included infants from South Africa, those who were exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at birth but did not become infected had lower levels of antibodies to diseases such as pertussis, tetanus and pneumococcus, compared to infants of non-HIV infected mothers, according to a study in the Feb. 9 issue of JAMA. (2011-02-08)

Maternal nutrition does not affect size of babies in industrialised countries
Concern over the impact of maternal nutrition on the health of an infant has been premature, say researchers in this week's BMJ. The authors report that maternal nutrition, at least in industrialised populations, seems to have only a small effect on placental and birth weights of babies. (1999-08-06)

Most breastfed infants not receiving recommended vitamin D supplementation
Most breastfed infants are not receiving the recommended vitamin D supplementation according to new findings from researchers at the Mayo Clinic published in the January/February 2017 issue of Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-01-09)

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