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2010-12-09 06:05:00

Scientists have found a new way to learn all there is to know about a fetus's genetic make-up by taking a sample of the pregnant mother's blood, according to a study released on Wednesday. Before now, the most accurate way of screening a fetus for potential abnormalities has posed risks to the unborn child because they require doctors to take samples of fetal tissue by piercing the womb. The techniques, which included amniocentisis and chorionic villus sampling, presented problems for...

2010-12-01 15:48:54

Odors in womb sensitize fetus to smells, alters brain development A major new study shows that a pregnant mother's diet not only sensitizes the fetus to those smells and flavors, but physically changes the brain directly impacting what the infant eats and drinks in the future. "This highlights the importance of eating a healthy diet and refraining from drinking alcohol during pregnancy and nursing," said Josephine Todrank, PhD, who conducted the two-year study while a visiting scientist at...

2010-11-30 06:00:00

First-of-its-kind, one-day consultation provides specialized, supplemental care for women who are pregnant with more than one baby HOUSTON, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Becoming pregnant with multiples comes with a unique set of guidelines, challenges and expectations and should be treated differently than carrying a singleton. Today, Texas Children's Hospital announced the opening of Program for Multiples, a one-day consultation that will provide women who are expecting...

2010-11-17 13:30:32

The nine-month pregnancy in humans is influenced by the structure of the placenta, according to new research into the evolution of reproduction in mammals which ends a 100-year mystery. The study, by Durham and Reading universities, shows that babies grow twice as fast in the wombs of some mammals compared to others. The difference in growth rates appears to be due to the structure of the placenta and the way it connects mother and baby. The research has found that the more intimate the...

2010-10-26 22:18:11

When prenatal diagnosis detects the severe heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in a fetus, a comprehensive prenatal evaluation is important to provide parents an accurate prognosis. In HLHS, one of the heart's pumping chambers is severely underdeveloped. However, say researchers, in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival. Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia report on five years of experience at...

2010-10-26 07:45:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When prenatal diagnosis detects the severe heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in a fetus, a comprehensive prenatal evaluation is important to provide parents an accurate prognosis. In HLHS, one of the heart's pumping chambers is severely underdeveloped. However, say researchers, in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival. Researchers from The Children's Hospital...

2010-10-15 16:43:52

Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child. However, most recent publications show little or no effects of occasional or light drinking by the mother during pregnancy. The studies also demonstrate how socio-economic, education, and other lifestyle factors of the mother may have large effects on the health of the fetus and child; these must be...

2010-10-04 16:53:50

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented Sunday, Oct. 3, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, highlights the possible link between gastric bypass surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to varying degrees of disability such as paralysis and mental retardation due to damage to the nervous system,...

2010-07-12 16:12:00

WASHINGTON, July 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Family Research Council today released a new report that refutes claims made recently by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' (RCOG) that a fetus is not able to feel pain before 24 weeks of development. RCOG's study is being used to uphold Britain's current legalization of abortions up to 24 weeks. Pro-abortion activists in the United States could also try to use this study to argue against Nebraska's new law that states...

2010-07-12 12:42:18

Hispanics and Asian Pacific Islanders have a higher risk of GDM recurrence There is an increased risk of recurring gestational diabetes in pregnant women who developed gestational diabetes during their first and second pregnancies, according to a Kaiser Permanente study appearing online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study of 65,132 women found that compared to women without gestational diabetes in their first and second pregnancies, women who developed gestational...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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