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2009-01-07 14:16:58

Asian immigrants in the United States appear to be using medical technology to guarantee that second or third children will be male, U.S. researchers say. Studies at the University of Texas and Columbia University reached similar conclusions, the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News reported. Both found that couples from China, India and South Korea have more boys than expected among later children when their first-born is a female. The surveys suggest that couples leave the gender of the first...

2008-12-21 13:43:28

Researchers at the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston say they are making breakthroughs in enhanced DNA testing of unborn fetuses. Dr. Arthur Beaudet, head of the school's molecular and human genetics department, said the cutting-edge services being developed at Baylor should be able to reveal previously undetectable disorders in fetuses, the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. This is the beginning of a sea change in prenatal diagnosis, the research head said. I think it will replace...

2008-12-19 10:07:47

Hope is on the horizon for premature infants born before their lungs have a chance to fully develop. "Within minutes of birth, a baby relies solely on its lungs to get the oxygen it needs," study author Paul Kemp, from Cardiff University in the U.K., was quoted as saying. But lung development is one of the last things that occurs in the womb, so when babies are born too soon, their lungs don't have the ability to take in enough oxygen to supply the bloodstream. This results in respiratory...

2008-12-05 09:00:11

Being exposed to folic acid antagonists during pregnancy may lead to several serious conditions.A new report finds the antagonists are associated with a higher risk of preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction or fetal death.Folic acid antagonists include drugs used to treat several illnesses such as epilepsy, mood disorders, and hypertension. Since about half of pregnancies in industrialized countries are unplanned, there is a risk of being exposed to these medications...

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2008-11-12 15:05:00

The March of Dimes said the odds of having a premature baby are lowest in Vermont and highest in Mississippi. The health charity mapped the stark state-by-state disparities in what it called a "report card" on prematurity Wednesday - to track progress toward meeting a federal goal of lowering preterm births. The government's goal is for no more than 7.6 percent of babies born before completion of the 37th week of pregnancy. If the "D" letter grade the charity gave the nation is any...

2008-09-16 00:00:30

By Divya A It took a gutsy, 24-week-pregnant Niketa Mehta to prompt our health minister to review the law that prescribes a 20-week limit on abortions. Heavily-pregnant Mehta had discovered the fetus had a heart problem, but the might of the Indian state refused to allow her to make the decision to abort it. Going by the letter and not the spirit of the law, the Bombay high court turned down Mehta's plea last month. It has set off a lively debate about the need to raise the abortion...

2008-09-08 12:00:41

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Holli Senior of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, +1-717-787-1783 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help people learn about preventable birth defects associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the Department of Health today launched Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, is an umbrella term that describes the nations leading category of preventable birth defects and...

2008-09-03 21:00:20

A study has found that the babies involved in miscarriage had always failed to grow properly in the first few weeks of life.The research, on 292 women, revealed that the crown rump length (CRL) of the foetus was "significantly smaller" in pregnancies that subsequently ended in miscarriage.Dr Faizah Mukri, from the early pregnancy unit at St George's Hospital in London, led the study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.Some 70 per cent of babies that were...

2008-08-18 21:00:11

A woman who is planning a pregnancy must think about many factors that can affect her health and her baby. Do things that increase the chances of a beautiful healthy baby. Take a daily prenatal vitamin with folic acid (usually available in quantities from 500 to 1,000 mcg). Avoid harmful chemicals, like alcohol and tobacco. Don't consume too many or too few calories. Regular prenatal care is needed. In a prenatal visit, a medical professional will check for high blood sugar and high...

2008-08-15 03:00:18

By Anonymous Scientists recently reported that an increase of epileptic seizures and behavioral abnormalities in California sea lions could be the result of low-dose exposure to the algal toxin domoic acid as a fetus. The findings, by Frances Gulland of the California Marine Mammal Center, showed this brain disturbance to be a newly recognized chronic disease. John Ramsdell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research...


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