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2010-03-26 06:22:00

ATLANTA, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alere Health, LLC, a leader in personal health support solutions (a division of Inverness Medical Innovations NYSE: IMA), today announced a partnership between the Alere® Women's & Children's Health Division (WCH) and UK-based Monica Healthcare Ltd, developers of a groundbreaking wireless, wearable fetal-maternal monitor. Alere WCH is the largest U.S. provider of specialized health management services -- supporting over 225,000...

2010-03-16 11:23:22

Babies born to mothers with obesity and exposed to passive smoking are more likely to have health problems than others. This conclusion is based on evidence of elevated levels of nucleated red blood cells in the umbilical cord reported in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health. Pediatrician Abd ElBaky of the National Research Centre, in Cairo, and colleagues there and at Cairo University, Egypt, have found that obesity and passive smoking are risk factors for...

2010-02-16 14:40:03

Experts at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia describe current state of the science Repairing birth defects in the womb. Inserting a tiny laser into the mother's uterus to seal off an abnormal blood flow and save fetal twins. Advancing the science that may allow doctors to deliver cells or DNA to treat sickle cell anemia and other genetic diseases before birth. These are examples of the still-emerging field of fetal surgery. "Fetal surgery is a unique field in maternal-fetal medicine,"...

2010-02-10 08:16:28

Factors such as maternal high blood pressure and high hematocrit levels (the proportion of blood that consists of red blood cells) are associated with a greater likelihood of restricted fetal growth during the first trimester, with restricted growth linked to an increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a study in the February 10 issue of JAMA. "Human growth and development rates are highest during the first trimester of pregnancy, when essential fetal organ...

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2010-02-07 11:02:20

In a study presented Saturday at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that show that there is an increased risk of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD), commonly known as stillbirth, in women who have fibroids. IUFD, or still birth, is rare and affects only six to seven out of every thousand births. The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis,...

2010-02-05 14:24:19

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in Chicago, researchers will unveil findings that demonstrate a link between the birth defect gastroschisis and the agricultural chemical atrazine. Gastroschisis is a type of inherited congenital abdominal wall defect in which the intestines, and sometimes other organs, develop outside the fetal abdomen through an opening in the...

2010-02-04 15:08:09

New evidence that genetics play a significant role in some premature births may help explain why a woman can do everything right and still give birth too soon. Research presented today at the 30th Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) meeting "• The Pregnancy Meetingâ“ž¢ "• showed that the genes of both the mother and the fetus can make them susceptible to an inflammatory response that increases the risk of preterm labor and birth. Silent,...

2010-02-04 14:28:58

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, in Chicago, researchers will unveil findings that show that waiting for birth is as effective as inducing labor in cases of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Intrauterine growth restriction means that the fetus is substantially smaller than normal. The condition affects about 10% of pregnant women. At birth the babies are more...

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2010-02-04 08:35:00

Findings could have important implications for human health, ag A joke among two Texas AgriLife Research scientists later turned into a fully-funded study that found Viagra can aid fetal development in female sheep. Female sheep (ewes) are an agriculturally important species, which can serve as an excellent animal model for studying the physiology of human pregnancy, the researchers said. Viagra (sildenafil citrate), which is used to treat male erectile dysfunction, enhanced blood flow in...

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2010-01-23 09:00:00

New studies show that women who smoke marijuana while pregnant may be setting up their babies for future developmental problems. Children of heavy pot smokers may have problems such as short-term memory loss, trouble concentrating, and clouded judgment. One study even found that young children whose mothers smoked marijuana during pregnancy had a higher risk of leukemia than those whose mothers did not. What's more, there's no way to know if the pot you're smoking has been laced with other...