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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,...

2009-07-17 12:28:05

Researchers in Cleveland say they're studying ways to stop common bacteria found in a mother's mouth from harming an unborn child. Case Western Reserve University is funding the study with a five-year, $1.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the university said in a release Friday. The research is to be headed by Yiping Han, an associate professor of dentistry who's written extensively about how harmless bacteria in a mother's mouth can turn deadly when it reaches an...

2009-06-30 09:30:23

Visitors can see how their stress levels could affect the heart rate of their unborn baby and find out why pregnant women should reduce their anxiety, at a new exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, which opens today (30 June 2009).The researchers behind the exhibit, from Imperial College London, hope that it will raise families' awareness of the importance of reducing levels of stress and anxiety in expectant mothers. They say that reducing stress during pregnancy could help...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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