Latest Fetus Stories

2012-05-03 09:39:46

We already know there are long-term health problems associated with pre-term birth, but what about babies born post-term? New research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that post-term birth, defined as a birth after a pregnancy of 42 weeks, is associated with more behavioral and emotional problems in early childhood, especially Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) problems. Lead author Hanan El Marroun, of the study entitled 'Post-term birth and...

2012-03-15 22:04:40

Such pregnancies may induce long-term cardiovascular changes; May help predict disease decades before onset Delivering a full-term baby of small birth weight has been shown to be an independent indicator of later heart disease for the mother, and as equivalent in risk as high blood pressure and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston further report that the odds of ischemic heart disease (IHD) among women whose full-term babies are small for...

2012-03-15 05:39:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Small for their gestational age, infants account for approximately 10 percent of births, and increased maternal risk for ischemic heart disease in women. Until now, researchers believed any link was due to common genetic or environmental factors or to overall poor health, but a new study is shedding new light. "What we found instead is that pregnancies that produce SGA infants may trigger long-term cardiovascular changes that increase the mothers' risks for heart...

2012-03-06 11:55:03

Treating pregnant women with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appears to be associated with fewer depressive symptoms, reduced fetal head growth and a higher risk for preterm birth, but not with a delay in fetal body growth, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. SSRIs are commonly prescribed to treat depression but information about their potential unintended effects on the unborn child is limited,...

2012-02-13 11:14:20

Length of residence increases risk The longer a Hispanic woman lives in the United States, the higher her risk of preterm birth (PTB), with nearly half of PTBs among Hispanic women occurring in those who were born in the U.S. This is the main finding of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston who sought to shed light on possible environmental factors in PTB. It is one of several studies from UTMB presented this week at the Society for...

2012-02-13 06:40:32

By: Demetria “Dee” Hobbs, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The widely-held assumption that a cesarean or C-section delivery has no health risks for the baby is being questioned by new research that found the procedure did not help some preterm babies who were small for gestational age, and may even have contributed to their breathing problems. Erika F. Werner, MD, MS, assistant professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of...

2012-02-10 22:37:28

Research conducted at Yale School of Medicine shows that a cesarean (C-section) delivery, which was thought to be harmless, is associated with breathing problems in preterm babies who are small for gestational age. The study was presented at the 32nd Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Meeting in Dallas, Texas by Heather Lipkind, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine, and co-author Erika...

C-Sections May Do More Harm Than Good In Some Cases
2012-02-10 05:20:42

New research reveals that babies born by c-section before 37 weeks, also known as pre-term birth, have a higher chance of developing health issues. Dr. Diane Ashton, the deputy medical director for the March of Dimes told Fox News: “We think this is an important study for providers to understand and possibly change their practices. Basically the take-home message here is for small, gestational age preterm infants, the best route for [them] is a vaginal delivery.” The...

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