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2013-07-09 15:56:12

And half exposed to excess alcohol too; this combo likely to be more common than thought While the results may not be representative of the UK as a whole, nevertheless, excess drinking and drug taking in pregnancy is a pairing that is likely to be more common than generally thought, say the authors. It is known that women prescribed maintenance methadone use other illicit drugs, but the extent to which they do this has never been quantified in the UK, nor are there any figures on the...

Study Focuses On Environmental Stresses On Pregnancy
2012-06-29 08:53:15

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Pregnancy can be stressful enough. There´s the need to worry about eating the right thing, completing the correct prenatal exercises, among a heap of tasks. Add an environmental issue on top of that and pregnant females have more to worry about. Princeton University researchers recently found that expectant mothers who had to deal with the stress of a major hurricane or tropical storm passing by during their pregnancy suffered...

2012-04-24 13:03:27

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a gene that modifies the risk of newborns with cystic fibrosis (CF) developing neonatal intestinal obstruction, a potentially lethal complication of CF. Their findings, which appeared online March 15 in PLoS Genetics, along with the findings of their Toronto-based colleagues, published April 1 in Nature Genetics, may lead to a better understanding of how the intestines work and pave the way for identifying genes involved in secondary complications...

2012-04-02 20:39:18

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene. In Canada, one in every 3,600 children born has the disease. Researchers have long been puzzled as to how individuals who carry the same CFTR mutations can experience such different courses of disease. Patients with CF are affected in multiple organs such as the lungs, pancreas and liver, to varying degrees. An international team led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University for...

2011-12-15 17:27:37

    Neonatal meconium can be used to examine gestational alcohol exposure during the second and third trimesters.     A new study has examined fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and ethylglucuronide (EtG) in meconium samples from public hospitals in seven Italian cities to test for prenatal exposure to alcohol.     Results indicate that fetal alcohol exposure is underestimated or misreported in Italy. In recent years, medical professionals have...

2011-05-02 13:56:18

Study shows fetal exposure to solvents may damage heart While it may be years before the health effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are known, a new study shows that fetal exposure to a chemical found in crude oil is associated with an increased risk of congenital heart disease (CHD). The study, to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver, also showed that babies who had been exposed in utero to a chemical found in...

2009-06-29 06:43:23

Exposure to phthalates, chemical compounds used as plasticizers in personal care products, children's toys, and some medical devices, may put infants at risk of low birth weight, a new study shows. Phthalate exposure can begin in the womb and has been associated with negative changes in endocrine function. The study examines the possibility that in utero phthalate exposure may also contribute to low birth weight. Low birth weight is the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age...

2004-11-28 03:00:14

Megacystis-microcolon-intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS) is a rare congenital disorder charaeterized by a diluted, non- obstructive urinary bladder and hypoperistalsis of the gastro- intestinal tract, which is considered lethal. About 90 patients have been reported, predominantly female. We present the case of a female newborn with MMIHS in whom antenatal ultrasound was suggestive for the diagnosis, which was confirmed after delivery. Diagnostic features by antenatal ultrasound are...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.