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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...

Human Brain Growth Outpaces Chimps In Womb
2012-09-25 13:07:57

Watch the Video April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Onlin A new study from Kyoto University shows that human's superior brain size in comparison to chimpanzees can be traced back to the womb. Appearing in the September 25 issue of Current Biology, the study is the first to track and compare brain growth in chimp and human fetuses. "Nobody knew how early these differences between human and chimp brains emerged," said Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto University. Hirata's research...

2012-09-20 14:37:31

Researchers studying the origins of sudden cardiac death have found that in both men and women a thin placenta at birth was associated with sudden cardiac death. A thin placenta may result in a reduced flow of nutrients from the mother to the fetus. The authors suggest that sudden cardiac death may be initiated by impaired development of the autonomic nervous system in the womb, as a result of fetal malnutrition. The new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology,...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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