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Mother’s Overall Diet Affects Fetus Health
2011-10-04 06:07:08

According to a new study, available online by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that overall quality of diet had a greater impact on fetus health than single nutrient supplementation. The authors of the study note that folic acid supplementation and food fortification has helped in reducing or preventing neural tube defects, but it does not prevent all birth defects. The authors write, “Nutrition research on birth defects has tended to focus on one...

2011-09-15 14:56:00

While baby was still in mother's womb 4 1/2 months into pregnancy, North Shore University Hospital team removed fluid from sac surrounding heart the size of a quarter - only the 10th such procedure in worldwide medical literature MANHASSET, N.Y., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians from North Shore University Hospital and Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York today introduced a Huntington boy who underwent a life-saving in utero heart procedure 4 1/2 months into...

2011-09-09 12:57:00

LONDON and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimega Laboratories is implementing the world's first commercial project to diagnose and analyze Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in newborns. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, and founded and led by South African entrepreneur Avi Lasarow, Trimega has partnered with Tripelo, a forensic science company in Cape Town, to conduct the tests. Tripelo will start conducting tests in November 2011 and has already identified communities where...

At 35-37 Weeks, Babies Distinguish Pain From Touch
2011-09-09 09:47:35

  Researchers using electroencephalography (EEG) recorded the brain activity of preemies in response to pain, comparing their pain responses from a touch or prick on the heels. The premature children responded to pain around a woman´s 35th week of pregnancy, about two to four weeks before delivery, according to a new study from University College London. Dr. Rebeccah Slater, UCL Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, explained in a press release: “Premature babies...

2011-09-02 07:00:00

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verinata Health, Inc., a privately-held company dedicated to maternal and fetal health, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,008,018 (the '018 patent) to Stanford University. The '018 patent, entitled "Determination of Fetal Aneuploidies by Massively Parallel DNA Sequencing," covers methods for determining the presence or absence of a fetal aneuploidy, or an abnormal number of fetal chromosomes, by analysis of blood samples from...

2011-08-15 06:38:37

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- As a noninvasive method of determining the sex of a fetus, tests using cell-free fetal DNA obtained from the mother's blood after 7 weeks gestation performed well, while urine-based tests appear to be unreliable, according to this study. Noninvasive prenatal determination of fetal sex could provide an important alternative to invasive cytogenetic determination, which is currently the gold standard for determining sex and single-gene disorders. Amniocentesis has small but...

2011-07-06 15:28:35

In the first study, French scientists looked at neonatal outcome in terms of mode of delivery, gestational age, preterm birth rate (less than 37 weeks of gestation), mean child measurements, low birth weight (less than 2,500g) and perinatal mortality. When comparing the cryo singletons to the fresh cohort, the scientists showed that mean birth weight, mean height and head circumference were lower in the fresh population. The mean birth weight of the cryo babies was 102g higher compared to the...

2011-06-27 00:00:29

Over 200 children treated before they were born by CHOP's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and their families, gathered to celebrate 15 years of Hope. The reunion brings together a unique community of families who have shared similar struggles. Nearly all of the children in attendance were prenatally diagnosed with a birth defect that had potentially devastating outcomes. Babies diagnosed with these birth defects either underwent fetal surgery to treat the condition before birth or...

2011-06-26 18:01:00

PHILADELPHIA, June 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 1000 people gathered today to celebrate at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the 15th Annual Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Fetal Family Reunion. The reunion brings together a unique community of families who have shared similar struggles. Nearly all of the children in attendance were prenatally diagnosed with a birth defect, like congenital diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida, congenital heart disease or...

2011-06-25 00:00:32

Since June of 2008 more than 750 babies have been delivered in the Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 23, 2011 This month marks the third anniversary of the opening of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects like spina bifida and...