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2012-02-09 14:53:52

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that women who deliver their first baby early are more likely to have a subsequent baby that is small for its gestational age, even when the second pregnancy is carried to term. While there is much research that shows mothers who deliver their first babies early are more likely to have subsequent babies early,...

2012-02-09 13:16:01

After birth for children with spina bifida In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that, for children with spina bifida, surgery conducted while the fetus is still in utero as opposed to surgery on a newborn is more cost effective due to the costs associated with caring for a child with significant deficits. This study, A Cost Effective Analysis of...

2012-01-31 09:04:44

Combined adverse effects of maternal smoking and high body mass index on heart development in offspring: Evidence for interaction? Mums-to-be who are both overweight and smoke during their pregnancy risk damaging their baby's developing heart, finds research published online in Heart. Congenital heart abnormalities are some of the most common defects found at birth, with around eight in every 1000 babies affected. A likely cause is only found in 15% of cases. The authors base their...

2012-01-26 09:41:57

Males at greater than twice the risk of language delay than females New research by Australian scientists reveals that males who are exposed to high levels of testosterone before birth are twice as likely to experience delays in language development compared to females. The research, published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, focused on umbilical cord blood to explore the presence of testosterone when the language-related regions of a fetus' brain are undergoing a critical...

Zero Alcohol Consumption Urged For Pregnancies
2012-01-18 09:43:23

Researchers are suggesting in a new study that there are no safe thresholds for alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Published Monday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, confidential data on drinking patterns from 992 California women during their pregnancies was collected to examine the impact of quantity, frequency and timing of alcohol exposure on the condition. Following childbirth, the babies were examined for signs of alcohol exposure, reports Maureen...

2012-01-16 15:31:54

Canada should prohibit disclosure of the sex of a fetus until after 30 weeks of pregnancy to combat female feticide which is practised by some ethnic groups in Canada and the United States, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Female feticide – that is, choosing to abort female fetuses because of a preference for sons – is an issue in several Asian countries including India, China, Korea and Vietnam. However, it is also practised by some...

First-trimester Blood Test Reveals Fetal Gender
2012-01-04 05:57:00

A new South Korean study could pave the way for a simple, non-invasive test that predicts fetal gender as early as the first trimester of pregnancy. The researchers discovered that various ratios of two enzymes (DYS14/GAPDH), which can be extracted from a pregnant mother's blood, indicate whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. "Generally, early fetal gender determination has been performed by invasive procedures such as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis. However, these...

2011-12-29 06:31:07

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In 1989, Madeline Mann became the world's smallest surviving baby after she was born at Loyola University Medical Center. She weighed 280 g. (9.9 oz.) -- about the size of an iPhone. In 2004. Rumaisa Rahmam set a Guinness World Record after she was born at Loyola, weighing 260 g. (9.2 oz.). Remarkably, Madeline and Rumaisa both have normal motor and language development. Rumaisa remains the world's smallest surviving baby, and Madeline now is the world's fourth...

2011-12-22 06:45:57

Fetal heart rate monitor also tracks how well an infant is using oxygen Despite the numerous medical advances that happen every day, the infant mortality rate in the United States is still higher than most European countries. While experts believe this is closely linked to the growing rate of pre-term births, researchers are committed to finding ways to make labor and delivery safer. Northwestern Medicine® researchers are examining a new device that may support improved newborn health...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.