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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,...

2011-02-09 23:01:00

March of Dimes Awards Abstract at SMFM Meeting SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented today at the 31st Annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) ? The Pregnancy Meeting(TM) 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...

2011-01-17 22:20:47

Study shows that the fetal brain is vulnerable to moderate decreases in maternal nutrition Eating less during early pregnancy impaired fetal brain development in a nonhuman primate model, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio reported today. The researchers found decreased formation of cell-to-cell connections, cell division and amounts of growth factors in the fetuses of mothers fed a reduced diet during the first half of pregnancy. "This is a critical...

2011-01-17 20:59:47

High birth weight in First Nations (North American Indian) babies are linked to a higher risk of postneonatal death (infant deaths that occur from 4 weeks to 1 year of age), according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100837.pdf. High birth weight or infant macrosomia is defined as a child being born above the 90th percentile relative to a fetal growth standard. Maternal obesity, impaired glucose...

2011-01-04 15:25:02

Bioinformatic analysis crunches data on drug effects on genes involved in fetal development When pregnant women need medications, there is often concern about possible effects on the fetus. Although some drugs are clearly recognized to cause birth defects (thalidomide being a notorious example), and others are generally recognized as safe, surprisingly little is known about most drugs' level of risk. Researchers in the Children's Hospital Boston Informatics Program (CHIP) have created a...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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