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2011-06-02 12:59:34

Researchers investigating the foetal origins of chronic disease have discovered that combinations of a mother's body size and the shape and size of her baby's placenta can predict heart disease in men in later life. The research is published online today in the European Heart Journal. Professor David Barker and colleagues studied 6975 men born in Helsinki (Finland) between 1934-1944 "“ a time when not only was the babies' size at birth recorded but also the size of the placental...

2011-04-26 07:00:00

SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Artemis Health, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to maternal and fetal health, today announced that it has changed its name to Verinata Health, Inc. to better reflect its core mission of providing accurate ("veri") assessments of natal ("nata") health. Currently, Verinata Health, Inc. (Verinata) is focused on completing the clinical validation of its first non-invasive prenatal diagnostic (NIPD) test. This test is designed to...

2011-04-21 14:38:58

Groundbreaking study has implications for chronic illness, mental health Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California's (USC) Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute shows for the first time that the human placenta plays an active role in synthesizing serotonin, paving the way to new treatment strategies that could mitigate health impacts such as cardiovascular disease and mental illness. The groundbreaking findings, conducted with researchers from Vanderbilt...

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2011-04-11 09:01:22

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. But there are conflicting reports about how much alcohol, if any, it is safe for a pregnant woman to drink. New research published in Biomed Central's open access journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth looked at the amounts of alcohol women drank during their early pregnancy and showed the effect this had on their babies. Researchers in Dublin questioned more than 60,000...

2011-03-23 20:58:08

Male fetuses most vulnerable to alcohol, possibility of treatment with supplements Exposure to alcohol in the womb doesn't affect all fetuses equally. Why does one woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy give birth to a child with physical, behavioral or learning problems -- known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder -- while another woman who also drinks has a child without these problems? One answer is a gene variation passed on by the mother to her son, according to new Northwestern...

2011-03-22 23:12:17

Rochester Researchers Identify Window of Vulnerability in Fetal Development A mother's iron deficiency early in pregnancy may have a profound and long-lasting effect on the brain development of the child, even if the lack of iron is not enough to cause severe anemia, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study published in the scientific journal PLoS One. The results are important because obstetricians might not notice or treat mild or moderate iron deficiency, and therefore...

2011-03-21 16:48:51

Alcohol use during pregnancy is common and is associated with significant threats to the health and development of exposed offspring. Despite warnings from the Surgeon General to limit alcohol use if pregnant or contemplating pregnancy, a recent survey by the National Birth Defects Prevention Study(1) found that nearly one-third of women drank alcohol at some time during their pregnancy, with one-fourth of the women surveyed having drunk during the first trimester. Heavy use of alcohol during...

2011-03-18 00:00:28

The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March 19 Philadelphia, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011 An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The...

2011-03-17 06:40:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent scientific studies have brought into sharp focus the importance of, and exactly what type of, mother/child interaction leads to an optimal outcome for the child. Fetus to Fifth Grade, http://tinyurl.com/4tk6rgu, provides the most up-to-date scientific research behind these recent studies on pregnancy and childcare. You will find the information fascinating and compelling, and difficult to put down. "What Dr. Spock didn't tell us...

2011-03-16 11:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March...


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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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