Latest Placenta Stories

2012-05-17 23:02:40

The ever-increasing popularity of the hCG weight loss diet has triggered various misconceptions and myths about precisely how hCG is made. A recent query posed to HCGBlog.com read, "Is hCG gathered from aborted babies?" In an effort to clarify this disturbing question and various other myths, HCGBlog.com explains exactly how hCG diet drops and injections are made. (PRWEB) May 17, 2012 An alarming myth has recently emerged that suggests that the human chorionic gonadotropin hCG drops and...

2012-04-12 13:14:20

A new University of Illinois study contains a warning for obese women who are planning pregnancies. Even if they eat a healthy diet when they are pregnant, their babies will develop in an unhealthy environment that places the infants at risk for future health problems. "We can see fat sequestered in the placentas of obese mothers when it should be going to the baby to support its growth. The nutrient supply region in the placenta of an obese mother is half the size of that of a...

2012-04-02 23:02:18

Americord CEO explains how the company delivers cord blood and cord tissue banking at significantly lower prices than ViaCord or CBR New York, NY (PRWEB) April 02, 2012 Americord Registry, a leader in the advancement of cord blood, cord tissue and placenta banking, announced today it is making cord blood and cord tissue banking available at prices approximately 50% lower than those of other cord blood industry leaders, including ViaCord and CBR. A detailed comparison of the costs for cord...

2012-03-28 08:41:47

Almost all non-human mammals eat placenta for good reasons. Are we missing something? A paper by neuroscientists at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College suggests that ingestion of components of afterbirth or placenta -- placentophagia -- may offer benefits to human mothers and perhaps to non-mothers and males. They say this possibility does not warrant the wholesale ingestion of afterbirth, for some very good reasons, but that it deserves further study. Mark Kristal,...

2012-03-21 15:04:12

Maternal-fetal interactions explored in topical issue of Advances in Neuroimmune Biology Fertility problems, recurrent miscarriages, and pregnancy complications can occur when maternal immunological tolerance of the fetus is impaired. Gérard Chaouat and colleagues from Inserm et Assistance Publique et Université Paris Sud Orsay, Hopital Antoine Bèclère, Clamart Cedex, France (now in Hopital Saint Louis, Paris), trace the evolution of the...

2012-03-09 00:26:29

Maternal obesity may contribute to cognitive impairment in extremely premature babies, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "Although in the past decade medical advances have improved the survival rate of babies born at less than seven months, they are still at very high risk for mental developmental delays compared with full-term infants," said Jennifer Helderman, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of...

2012-02-29 12:29:58

Parents may be misinformed during prenatal scans on whether their twins are identical or non-identical, say UCL researchers in a new commentary piece published today (29 February) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Determining if same-sex twins are identical or non-identical (from one egg or two; monozygotic or dizygotic) is not always straight forward, say the researchers. They looked at data from the Gemini study, a birth cohort of 2402 families with twins...

2012-01-11 09:59:22

Evidence reviewed in Advances in Neuroimmune Biology A number of different immunological mechanisms ensure the successful establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. Imbalance in these mechanisms is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. In a review published in Advances in Neuroimmune Biology, researchers from the Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine at Swansea University in the UK examine the impact of maternal obesity on the inflammatory responses in tissues of both the...

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Protects Babies From Iron Deficiency
2011-11-16 12:19:53

According to new research, waiting at least three minutes before clamping the umbilical cord of a newborn baby improves their iron levels at four months. The study said that delaying cord clamping is not linked to neonatal jaundice or other adverse health effects and should be standard care after uncomplicated pregnancies. Although other research indicates that delayed cord clamping could prevent iron deficiency, these studies had conflicting results regarding the risk of neonatal...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'