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2011-08-01 15:37:33

An Emory University study published online today in Pediatrics suggests consuming Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps protects babies against illness during early infancy. The randomized, placebo-controlled trial followed approximately 1,100 pregnant women and 900 infants in Mexico. The women were supplemented daily with 400 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) supplements in the algal form or placebo from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth. Researchers found those whose mothers...

2011-06-02 12:59:34

Researchers investigating the foetal origins of chronic disease have discovered that combinations of a mother's body size and the shape and size of her baby's placenta can predict heart disease in men in later life. The research is published online today in the European Heart Journal. Professor David Barker and colleagues studied 6975 men born in Helsinki (Finland) between 1934-1944 "“ a time when not only was the babies' size at birth recorded but also the size of the placental...

2011-04-18 19:51:26

Scientists have discovered that a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can strongly influence her child's risk of obesity many years later, by altering their DNA Scientists have discovered that a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can strongly influence her child's risk of obesity many years later. An international study, led by University of Southampton researchers and including teams from New Zealand and Singapore, has shown for the first time that during pregnancy, a mother's diet can...

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2011-03-08 06:20:00

Poor diet during pregnancy may result in having children who are more prone to age-related diseases than expectant mothers who follow a healthy diet, according to scientists. The warning follows recent research that found that rats with poor nutrition during pregnancy gave birth to young with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a disease that typically strikes in middle age. Research by scientists at University of Cambridge provides significant insight into why children born to mothers with...

2010-12-21 23:34:22

In an area where iron deficiency is prevalent, children of mothers in rural Nepal who received prenatal iron, folic acid and vitamin A supplementation performed better on measures of intellectual and motor functioning compared to offspring of mothers who received vitamin A alone, according to a study in the December 22/29 issue of JAMA. "Micronutrient inadequacy is a critical concern among pregnant women and young children throughout the world. Gestation and the early postnatal period are...

2010-06-01 08:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. announces the availability of a new formulation of PreNexa® Rx prenatal vitamins with changes to the amounts of folic acid and iron. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), women need extra iron and folic acid during pregnancy.(1) PreNexa®'s newest formulation contains 1.25 mg of folic acid and 27 mg of iron.(2) Folic acid supplementation,...

2009-10-28 11:35:57

Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers found that other supplement combinations, including the multiple micronutrient supplement, did not confer the same benefit. Nearly 40 percent of pregnant women worldwide are estimated to be anemic. Although there is an international policy for antenatal iron-folic acid...

2009-07-16 11:05:00

Expectant mothers who are obese are much more likely to suffer from minor complications such as heart burn and chest infections during pregnancy, a study suggests.Research by the University of Edinburgh found that obese mothers-to-be were nearly 10 times more likely to suffer from chest infections, and more than twice as likely to suffer from headaches and heartburn, compared with pregnant women of a healthy weight.Researchers studied the records of more than 650 pregnant women, of whom...

2009-07-08 16:55:37

New research, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that a woman's risk of having a child with a neural tube defect (NTD), such as Spina Bifida, is not linked to folic acid related auto-antibodies. The findings refute a well publicized study in 2004, which had indicated a link between the presence of these auto-antibodies in the circulation of mothers who had children with Spina Bifida compared to those who did not.Within an embryo, folate is essential for many...

2009-02-18 08:20:00

A study by researchers at the University of Southampton, published online by the BMJ, has found that very few women follow healthy eating and lifestyle recommendations before becoming pregnant, even when the pregnancy is in some sense planned.Nutrition and lifestyle advice is widely available for women during pregnancy, but much less emphasis is given to advice for women who may become pregnant. Yet promoting good health and nutrition before pregnancy may be at least as important as during...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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