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Latest Fetus Stories

2009-08-03 09:55:00

 To combat the many fetal deaths that occur annually because the placenta is too small, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have developed a method to measure the volume of the placenta, which provides nourishment to the fetus.Limits in current technology keep doctors from being able to monitor the growth of the placenta, which, like the gas tank of a car, is the source of fuel for the fetus. The placenta can be so small that the fetus literally runs out of food and oxygen and dies,...

2009-07-24 07:22:07

Mothers' health in the days and weeks prior to conception may determine the offspring's health much later in life, according to a group of new studies. These studies demonstrate maternal nutrition, protein intake and level of fat in the diet may cause changes in the developing fetus that can have long-term health consequences. The time between ovulation and conception may be a critical one for maternal and fetal health, according to Kelle Moley, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine....

2009-07-21 08:33:19

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), which results in low birth weight and long-term deleterious health effects in cloned swine, is linked to a type of gene - known as an imprinted gene - found only in placental mammals. Imprinted genes play an important role in the normal fetal development of all mammals, and this study could have future implications for the study of IUGR in humans. Of the 20,000-25,000 genes in the human...

2009-07-20 06:16:04

Babies begin learning even before they are born. Scientists in the Netherlands have now demonstrated short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks. The study, conducted by researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud, provides insights into fetal development that may help address and prevent abnormalities. Using ultrasound technology, researchers studied 100 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their fetuses, measuring changes in how a fetus...

2009-07-17 12:28:05

Researchers in Cleveland say they're studying ways to stop common bacteria found in a mother's mouth from harming an unborn child. Case Western Reserve University is funding the study with a five-year, $1.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the university said in a release Friday. The research is to be headed by Yiping Han, an associate professor of dentistry who's written extensively about how harmless bacteria in a mother's mouth can turn deadly when it reaches an...

2009-07-15 07:55:19

Memory probably begins during the prenatal period, but little is known about the exact timing or for how long memory lasts. Now in a new study from the Netherlands, scientists have found fetal short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks.The study provides insights into fetal development and may help address and prevent abnormalities. Published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, it was conducted by researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University...

2009-07-02 12:53:15

New research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine provides for the first time a solid scientific answer for the long-standing question of whether there is an association between preterm birth and brain malformations.In a study of more than 1,000 preterm infant autopsies, researchers found that there is a strong association between congenital brain defects and preterm birth, leading investigators to believe that something about the brain malformations may be causing preterm birth...

2009-06-30 09:30:23

Visitors can see how their stress levels could affect the heart rate of their unborn baby and find out why pregnant women should reduce their anxiety, at a new exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, which opens today (30 June 2009).The researchers behind the exhibit, from Imperial College London, hope that it will raise families' awareness of the importance of reducing levels of stress and anxiety in expectant mothers. They say that reducing stress during pregnancy could help...

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2009-06-23 05:15:00

Doctors are searching for new ways to protect unborn babies from the dangerous health impacts caused by a drinking mother. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 12 percent of pregnant mothers drink at some point during pregnancy, while about 2 percent admit to binge drinking. Drinking during pregnancy can result in adverse affects on a child's brain. It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which is the largest preventable cause of mental retardation among children....

2009-06-11 08:24:04

If you are pregnant and your mate complains your frequent snoring is rattling the bedroom windows, you may have bigger problems than an annoyed, sleep-deprived partner. A new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found that women who reported frequent snoring during their pregnancy were more likely to develop gestational diabetes -- a condition than can cause health problems for the mother and baby. The study also found pregnancy increases...