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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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2009-06-24 15:35:00

Investigators at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, California found a way to obtain large numbers of hematopoietic stem cell from human term placenta. The results, which appear in the July 2009 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, describe detailed report on quantification, characterization, engraftment capacity, and most importantly, practical way to obtain hematopoietic stem cells from placenta in numbers that are several-fold higher than could be obtained from...

2009-06-23 10:58:30

A groundbreaking study conducted by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first to reveal a new avenue for harvesting stem cells from a woman's placenta, or more specifically the discarded placentas of healthy newborns. The study also finds there are far more stem cells in placentas than in umbilical cord blood, and they can be safely extracted for transplantation. Furthermore, it is highly likely that placental stem cells, like umbilical cord blood and bone marrow stem...

2009-06-11 08:00:13

Cocaine and heroin increase permeability of the placenta. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology have shown that exposure to the drugs causes an increase in the passage of some chemicals into the fetus.Antoine Malek led a team of researchers from Zurich University Hospital's Department of Obstetrics, who used a perfusion technique to study human placental tissue function in the lab. They found that exposure to cocaine and/or heroin...

2009-04-15 11:57:03

Children are affected by what their mother did not eat during her pregnancy, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, suggests some health risks passed across generations may be linked to poor nutrition in the womb. The study involved rats, but the researchers say the genes and cellular mechanisms involved are the same as those in humans. Our study emphasizes that maternal-fetal health influences multiple healthcare...

2009-04-14 07:42:11

The new science of epigenetics explains how genes can be modified by the environment, and a prime result of epigenetic inquiry has just been published online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org): You are what your mother did not eat during pregnancy. In the research report, scientists from the University of Utah show that rat fetuses receiving poor nutrition in the womb become genetically primed to be born into an environment lacking proper nutrition. As a result of this genetic...

2009-04-01 14:03:46

The relationship between two different types of estrogen and a hormone produced in the placenta may serve as the mechanism for signaling labor, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). This finding may help doctors intervene and prevent preterm birth much more effectively. "The trigger for the onset of labor in women has been a puzzle for a long time," says Dr. Roger Smith, MD, PhD, of John Hunter...

2009-03-13 09:44:42

C-sections and 'invasive' placenta conditions can result in excessive bleeding and be life threatening for mothers.   At a recent Interventional Radiology Conference doctors released the findings of two new studies about procedures that are making childbirth safer.  The first is study is about embolization, a well-established interventional radiology technique that blocks blood vessels, controlling hemorrhaging.  Doctors say severe bleeding sometimes occurs either...

2009-02-24 21:49:28

More women are suffering severe problems arising from blood loss after delivery of a child, Australian researchers have found. Study leader Christine Roberts of the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital and colleagues studied the birth hospital discharge records of the 500,603 women who had children in New South Wales during the study period. We identified 6,242 women who suffered severe adverse outcomes, including 22 who died in hospital. Of the 6242, 67 percent had an...


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