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2009-05-21 09:47:15

Twins born as a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART) are more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care and to be hospitalised in their first three years of life than spontaneously conceived twins, according to new research published online today (Wednesday 20 May) in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction [1].It is known already that ART twins are at higher risk of problems such as low birth weight and premature delivery than singletons around...

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2008-11-10 10:40:08

Women with a history of serious mental illness are much more likely to have babies that are stillborn or die within the first month of life, new research reveals. Researchers at the Centre for Women's Mental Health at The University of Manchester studied almost 1.5 million births in Denmark between 1973 and 1998, including 7,021 stillbirths. The risk of stillbirth and newborn deaths from any cause was at least twice as high for mothers admitted with a serious psychiatric illness than for...

2008-06-18 09:01:16

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: USAID Press Office, +1-202-712-4320 WASHINGTON,June 18/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --A new study from Bangladesh published June 6 in The Lancet, a U.K. medical journal, shows that a home-care strategy reduced neonatal mortality by 34 percent. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that home- and community-based strategies can significantly reduce neonatal mortality by improving newborn care, including identification and management of newborns illnesses...

2007-04-24 12:00:14

By Sidlik, Rakefet; Sheiner, Eyal; Levy, Amalia; Wiznitzer, Arnon Abstract Objective. The primary objective of this study was to characterize the delivery outcome of parturients with congenital heart defects (CHD), from maternal and from neonatal perspectives. Study design. A retrospective population-based study was conducted, covering a 13-year period (1989-2002) with an aggregate of 151487 deliveries of all women with and without CHD. Maternal demographics, obstetrical and medical...

2006-05-29 10:25:10

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is associated with lower infant mortality in preterm infants, Canadian researchers have observed. Study investigator Dr. Shi Wu Wen told Reuters Health that PIH might serve some adaptive role for the fetus in the face of trouble. However, "it's important to stress that the findings should not be viewed as an encouragement not to treat PIH." The risks of such a course outweigh any potential benefits,...

2006-02-28 13:20:00

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even with early and equal access to prenatal care, racial differences still persist in the death rate of newborn infants, according to a report in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. "The results strongly suggest the presence of racial disparities in contemporary obstetric practice," Dr. Andrew J. Healy from Columbia University, New York told Reuters Health. "The existence of these disparities must be regarded as unacceptable and...

2005-11-22 16:16:30

BACKGROUND: Neonatal mortality rates--that is, mortality in the first 28 days--in the United States fell significantly between 1940 and 2000 from 28.8 deaths per live birth to 4.6 deaths. Yet ethnic and racial disparities have persisted or increased during that time. Deaths among very low-birthweight infants (VLBW) account for more than half the infant deaths in the United States. The researchers sought to determine whether there is a correlation between mortality among VLBW infants and...

2005-11-15 13:35:00

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who drink eight or more cups of coffee daily while pregnant are at risk for spontaneous abortion and stillbirth, Danish researchers report. In their study, they found that fetal death was twice as likely among heavy coffee drinkers relative to pregnant women who did not drink coffee. Adjusting for other risk factors weakened the association somewhat, but heavy coffee drinkers remained at 59 percent greater risk of fetal death, Dr. Bodil Hammer...

2005-08-02 13:40:00

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Neonatal death rates are higher after evening and late night deliveries than after daytime deliveries, according to a report by researcher in California. "The problem most likely represents a mismatch between the clinical demands that arise at night and a hospital's capacity to deal with these demands," Dr. Jeffrey B. Gould from Stanford University, Palo Alto, told Reuters Health. Gould and his associates used data from linked birth-death...

2005-08-01 16:47:40

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., AUG. 1 - There is strong evidence that babies born at night have a greater risk of dying in their first month of life than babies born earlier in the day, according to a new study published this month in Obstetrics & Gynecology. "We're not surprised at this finding because it is supported by previous studies in the medical literature that were carried out in Europe," said Diane M. Ashton, M.D., M.P.H., associate medical director of the March of Dimes. "More research...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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