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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...

2009-09-24 07:19:21

Exposure to tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchlorethylene, PCE) may cause congenital birth defects. A study of expectant women exposed to PCE in drinking water, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health, found an increased risk of oral clefts and neural tube defects in their children. Ann Aschengrau, from Boston University School of Public Health, USA, worked with a team of researchers to study the prevalence of birth defects in the children of women from 8...

2009-09-21 07:07:45

A common biological molecule is central to placental growth and could hold the key to mitigating growth restriction of babies in the womb Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have shown that a common biological protein molecule called SHP-2 is crucial for encouraging placenta growth. The research is published yesterday in Endocrinology. Dr Melissa Westwood, one of the team at the University of Manchester said: "For fetuses to grow well in the...

2009-09-17 14:15:49

Canadian scientists say they've discovered a specific protein plays a critical role in regulating intrauterine growth and lung maturation. University of Montreal researchers, led by Professor Sylvain Meloche, say their findings show the loss of protein kinase Erk3 in mice leads to fetal growth restriction and early neonatal lethality caused by respiratory distress. The scientists said respiratory distress syndrome is a serious complication in premature and intrauterine growth-restricted...

2009-09-16 14:40:41

The protein kinase Erk3 plays a critical role in intrauterine growth and lung maturation Dr. Sylvain Meloche, Principal Investigator at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Universit© de Montr©al, and his colleagues have uncovered the critical role played by the protein kinase Erk3 in fetal growth potential and lung maturation. The recent findings, published in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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