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2010-01-22 13:15:00

Sealant shown to be biocompatible and effective in repairing defects in human tissue A sealant inspired by mussels' ability to stick to surfaces under wet conditions has shown promise in the repair of defects in human fetal membranes, according to a recent Northwestern University study. During pregnancy, defects -- ruptures or holes -- in the fetal membrane can lead to the leakage of amniotic fluid, resulting in premature labor or termination of the pregnancy. Although some defects do repair...

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2010-01-20 11:50:00

March of Dimes concerned about drugs' role in growing crisis of prematurity The widespread use of so-called fertility drugs, not just high-tech laboratory procedures, likely plays a larger role than previously realized in the growing problem of premature births in the United States, because these drugs cause a high percentage of multiple births, the March of Dimes said today. The organization's comments came in response to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by authors...

2009-12-09 15:52:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A Southern California fetal surgery institute, one of only a handful in the United States, has posted enormously successful rates in treating a dangerous disorder that affects 10 percent of unborn identical twins. One of the largest studies conducted in the United States for the treatment of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) with laser surgery has found that the USC Fetal Therapy Program at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has achieved a 91...

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2009-12-01 12:35:00

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) revealed that MRI is a highly accurate means of identifying placenta accreta, a potentially life-threatening and increasingly common condition that is the leading cause of death for women just before and after giving birth. "Due to the increase in cesarean sections and other surgeries that leave scarring on the uterine wall, coupled with women giving birth later in life, the incidence of accreta has...

2009-11-17 12:17:13

University of Montreal study reveals danger of certain drugs More than six percent of expectant mothers in Quebec consume prescription drugs that are known to be harmful to their fetuses, according to a Universit© de Montr©al investigation published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Half these women will voluntarily terminate their pregnancy fearing congenital malformations, which means the abortion rate among these women is 11 percent higher than in the rest of...

2009-11-12 12:48:39

Contrary to more conservative customs, exercising up to the end of pregnancy has no harmful effect on the weight or size of the foetus. This is what has been indicated in a study carried out by researchers of the Universidad Polit©cnica de Madrid (Polytechnic University of Madrid), which also shows the positive relationship between the weight of sedentary mothers before pregnancy and the body size of their babies. The conclusions appear in the International Journal of Obesity. "Partaking...

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2009-11-10 13:25:37

TAU develops innovative algorithms to combat growth restrictions before birth -- for healthy hearts When a fetus is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy, due to associated problems like a poorly developed heart, health concerns as severe as brain damage can result. The condition, known as Intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), prompts doctors to use ultrasound to track a baby's health and determine the best time for delivery. But these measurements are often...

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2009-10-16 13:12:24

Irish researchers say that fetal kick charts, used to determine if a pregnancy is progressing well, are inaccurate and should be discontinued, BBC News reported. Some 5 percent of doctors use the charts in the UK, but they are more common in the Republic of Ireland and the U.S. However, Cork University researchers say the charts rely on the mother's perceptions and may lead to miscounts of a baby's movements and therefore, they recommend checking the fetal heart rate instead. A reduction of...

2009-10-12 09:58:45

A new study from the medical university Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm shows that children born with low birth weight are at a higher risk of developing asthma later in life. The study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, is based on data on the incidence of asthma in 10,918 twins from the Swedish Twin Registry. Questionnaire data on asthma in 9- and 12- year old twins was linked to the national Swedish Medical Birth Registry which records, amongst other data, birth weight and...

2009-09-28 10:05:00

*Immediate Media Interview Availability* WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the nation's leading preventable cause of mental retardation, will be front and center when the Supreme Court opens its new term this week. Tomorrow, on Tuesday, September 29, the court will consider whether to take up Holmes v. Louisiana, the case of Brandy Holmes, a 29-year-old woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome currently on death row in Louisiana. She and a codefendant...