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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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2011-03-04 07:40:00

Babies being born with some very common types of birth defects have been attributed to mothers who smoke during their first trimester of pregnancy, according to a new study.The findings show that women who smoked early in pregnancy were 30 percent more likely to give birth to babies with obstructions in the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs, and nearly 40 percent more likely to have babies with openings in the upper chambers of their hearts."For women who are planning to become...

2011-02-11 00:00:43

Free embeddable pregnancy videos featuring the living human embryo and fetus are now available to organizations worldwide with subtitle options in 88 languages. Concord, NH (PRWEB) February 10, 2011 The Endowment for Human Development (EHD) is launching an Affiliate Program featuring free embeddable video clips of the living human embryo and fetus from their award-winning science documentary, The Biology of Prenatal Development. This educational initiative is part of EHD's strategy to...

2011-02-10 19:38:50

More than two thousand physicians, some of the top obstetric/gynecologists in the world who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, especially high risk pregnancies, gathered today for their annual meeting in San Francisco to begin four days of intensive research presentations. Presentations each year at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, represent major findings in reducing high-risk pregnancies and...

2011-02-10 13:40:23

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of three centers in newly released landmark study Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a...

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2011-02-10 08:46:40

Research presented today at the 31st Annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) "• The Pregnancy Meetingâ“ž¢ has found that three proteins known as XIAP, BID, and Bcl-2 are responsible in part for the success of progesterone treatments in the prevention of preterm labor. They may also play an important role in triggering normal labor. The proteins prevent preterm birth by hindering apoptosis "“ the normal, orderly death of cells...

2011-02-10 08:26:27

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) a disorder that damages the developing baby's brain. Despite the severe consequences of drinking while pregnant, mothers-to-be continue their damaging habits- up to 3 in every 1000 babies are born with FAS. FAS causes behavioral problems, growth defects, intellectual disabilities, and abnormal facial features. Previously, it was unsure how alcohol causes these effects,...