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2010-01-22 13:08:58

Yiping Han, a researcher from Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, reports the first documented link between a mother with pregnancy-associated gum disease to the death of her fetus. The findings are discussed in the article, "Term Stillbirth Caused by Oral Fusobacterium nucleatum," in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. An internet search in 2008 led a friend of a mother, who had just delivered a stillborn baby, to Han's...

2009-12-09 15:52:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A Southern California fetal surgery institute, one of only a handful in the United States, has posted enormously successful rates in treating a dangerous disorder that affects 10 percent of unborn identical twins. One of the largest studies conducted in the United States for the treatment of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) with laser surgery has found that the USC Fetal Therapy Program at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has achieved a 91...

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2009-12-01 12:35:00

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) revealed that MRI is a highly accurate means of identifying placenta accreta, a potentially life-threatening and increasingly common condition that is the leading cause of death for women just before and after giving birth. "Due to the increase in cesarean sections and other surgeries that leave scarring on the uterine wall, coupled with women giving birth later in life, the incidence of accreta has...

2009-10-06 13:15:33

Expectant mothers who eat excessive quantities of liquorice during pregnancy could adversely affect their child's intelligence and behavior, a study has shown. A study of eight year old children whose mothers ate large amounts of liquorice when pregnant found they did not perform as well as other youngsters in cognitive tests. They were also more likely to have poor attention spans and show disruptive behavior such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is thought that a...

2009-09-21 07:07:45

A common biological molecule is central to placental growth and could hold the key to mitigating growth restriction of babies in the womb Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have shown that a common biological protein molecule called SHP-2 is crucial for encouraging placenta growth. The research is published yesterday in Endocrinology. Dr Melissa Westwood, one of the team at the University of Manchester said: "For fetuses to grow well in the...

2009-09-06 10:11:34

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine reveals a key component in the development of preeclampsia in pregnant women, a condition that can result in miscarriage and maternal death. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, appears in the September issue of Endocrinology. In it, researchers focused on identifying the differences in the uteri of pregnant women with and without preeclampsia and how the mother's tissues vary from the immediately...

2009-08-21 16:21:58

A British doctor warns mothers-to-be not to use personal monitoring devices because they may lead to a false sense of security and delay medical action. Dr. Thomas Aust and colleagues at Arrowe Park Hospital in England told of a 27-year-old pregnant woman who presented to the hospital 32 weeks into her first pregnancy with reduced fetal movements. The women had noticed a reduction in her baby's activity two days earlier, but said she had used her own Doppler fetal monitoring device to listen...

2009-08-04 07:48:30

Fetal death, or intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD), caused by an under-sized placenta, affects 30,000 women in the U.S. each year. Technological limits currently prevent doctors from monitoring the growth of the placenta, the source of nourishment for the fetus. "The placenta can be so small that the fetus literally runs out of food and oxygen and dies," lead author Harvey J. Kliman, M.D., a research scientist in the Yale University Medical School Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and...

2009-08-03 19:29:53

As a fetus does not mount an immune response to maternal proteins that cross the placenta, it has been assumed that a fetus would not reject non"“genetically matched blood cells (specifically allogeneic blood cells) if they were transplanted while the fetus was in utero. The hope is that this procedure, which is known as IUHCT, could provide a viable approach for treating congenital blood disorders. However, studies using a mouse model of IUHCT indicate that most fetal recipients of...

2009-08-03 09:55:00

 To combat the many fetal deaths that occur annually because the placenta is too small, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have developed a method to measure the volume of the placenta, which provides nourishment to the fetus.Limits in current technology keep doctors from being able to monitor the growth of the placenta, which, like the gas tank of a car, is the source of fuel for the fetus. The placenta can be so small that the fetus literally runs out of food and oxygen and dies,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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