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2013-06-06 08:29:13

The world's most experienced fetal diagnosis and therapy team hits record-breaking milestone PHILADELPHIA, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventeen years after opening its internationally prominent Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrates 1,000 fetal surgeries - highly complex surgical interventions to repair birth defects in the womb. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2013-04-29 23:02:42

Surgery is the 22nd fetal myelomeningocele repair conducted at the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute. Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 29, 2013 A better chance of walking, along with reduced brain and nerve damage, is what doctors at the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute are working toward for babies with the most severe from of spina bifida, myelomeningocele. Myelomeningocele is caused when the back´s bones do not close over to protect the spinal cord. It can cause paralysis and brain damage...

2013-04-19 23:03:30

Families to come together with St. Louis Fetal Care Institute Saturday to build awareness about a birth anomaly that impacts thousands of babies born each year. Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 19, 2013 More than 1,600 babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) every year in the U.S. fight to take their first breath. With the contents of their abdomen creeping into their chests through a hole in the diaphragm, their lungs don´t have the chance to develop properly, making it...

2013-04-01 23:00:58

Fetal surgery, or surgery on a baby before it is born, is an emerging medical field, giving babies who may not survive a chance at life. Currently, there are limited fetal surgery options in the Chicago area; doctors from the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute, in St. Louis are hoping to change this. St Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 01, 2013 Fetal surgery, or surgery on a baby before it is born, is an emerging medical field. This highly specialized area can give babies who may not survive a chance at...

2013-03-12 08:28:35

Correction of Spina Bifida Birth Defect Results in Positive Prognosis at Birth NEW ORLEANS, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Little Colby Boudreaux is moving his legs and feet. While this is something most parents take for granted, for Colby it's remarkable. He underwent a life-changing surgery at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans to correct the myelomeningocele birth defect, the most serious form of spina bifida... 12 weeks before he was born. During a groundbreaking surgery,...

Human Heart Develops Slower Than Other Mammals
2013-02-22 19:32:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The walls of the human heart develop slower than other mammals, according to a new study published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus. Researchers developed the first comprehensive model of human heart development using observations of living fetal hearts. Human hearts have walls that are a disorganized jumble of tissue until late in pregnancy, despite having the shape of a fully functioning heart. During the...

2013-02-11 15:17:44

In a study to be presented on February 16 between 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest women whose babies are small-for-gestational-age (SGA) in their first pregnancy have a strongly increased risk for SGA in a second pregnancy. The aim of this study was to assess and describe in detail the incidence of SGA infants and the SGA recurrence rate in general....

2013-02-11 14:48:58

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in San Francisco, researchers will report that the practice of using an arbitrary Estimated Fetal Weight (EFW) less than the 10th centile may not be an efficient practice for defining true Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). The study was conducted by the Perinatal Ireland Research Consortium, a nationwide collaborative...

Ultrasound Shows That Even Unborn Babies Yawn
2012-11-22 14:31:42

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Bust a yawn in the room and others may follow suit. While yawning may be contagious with children and adults alike, the role of yawning is less clear in unborn babies. Researchers from Durham and Lancaster Universities recently discovered that ultrasound images show when a fetus is yawning and when it is just opening its mouth, possibly signaling a developmental marker in the womb that could provide more information on the...

2012-11-09 08:28:06

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verinata Health, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to maternal and fetal health, today announced two poster presentations at the 62(nd) Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). The conference is being held in San Francisco, California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120425/SF94380LOGO) "The verifi® prenatal test offers pregnant women access to a blood test that is safe, early and accurate,"...