Latest Prenatal development Stories

2013-04-17 13:18:38

Understanding the molecular control of placenta formation, the organ which enables fetal growth, is critical in diagnosing and treating related pregnancy complications. A group of scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and the University of Calgary, Canada has revealed a molecular feedback loop that governs the earliest steps of placenta formation in mice, which is known to mimic placenta formation in humans. Their findings are published April 16 in the open access...

2012-09-30 23:02:11

Good news for women who are 34 weeks pregnant: pregnancysymptomsweekbyweeks.com announces the release of the new pregnancy calculator and provides new online resources with invaluable information about what types of changes and symptoms are to be expected. (PRWEB) September 30, 2012 Good news for women who are 34 weeks pregnant: pregnancysymptomsweekbyweeks.com announces the release of the new pregnancy calculator and provides new online resources with invaluable information about what...

Metabolism Key To Length Of Human Pregnancy
2012-08-28 08:35:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's not all in the hips, baby. The length of human pregnancy is limited primarily by a mother's metabolism, not the size of the birth canal, suggests a new study from the University of Rhode Island. This new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenges the long-held notion of an evolutionary trade-off between childbirth and a pelvis adapted for walking upright. Big brains and the...

2011-12-15 17:27:37

    Neonatal meconium can be used to examine gestational alcohol exposure during the second and third trimesters.     A new study has examined fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and ethylglucuronide (EtG) in meconium samples from public hospitals in seven Italian cities to test for prenatal exposure to alcohol.     Results indicate that fetal alcohol exposure is underestimated or misreported in Italy. In recent years, medical professionals have...

2011-08-15 06:38:37

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- As a noninvasive method of determining the sex of a fetus, tests using cell-free fetal DNA obtained from the mother's blood after 7 weeks gestation performed well, while urine-based tests appear to be unreliable, according to this study. Noninvasive prenatal determination of fetal sex could provide an important alternative to invasive cytogenetic determination, which is currently the gold standard for determining sex and single-gene disorders. Amniocentesis has small but...

2011-02-11 00:00:43

Free embeddable pregnancy videos featuring the living human embryo and fetus are now available to organizations worldwide with subtitle options in 88 languages. Concord, NH (PRWEB) February 10, 2011 The Endowment for Human Development (EHD) is launching an Affiliate Program featuring free embeddable video clips of the living human embryo and fetus from their award-winning science documentary, The Biology of Prenatal Development. This educational initiative is part of EHD's strategy to...

2011-01-24 15:36:03

Like humans, horses are prone to miscarriage.  In fact, about one in ten pregnancies results in miscarriage at a very early stage.  Some horses have a history of early miscarriages and it has become customary to treat them with a type of progestin known as altrenogest, although there have not been any studies to assess whether this actually improves the chances that the pregnancy will run to term.  The group of Christine Aurich at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna...

2010-12-09 06:05:00

Scientists have found a new way to learn all there is to know about a fetus's genetic make-up by taking a sample of the pregnant mother's blood, according to a study released on Wednesday. Before now, the most accurate way of screening a fetus for potential abnormalities has posed risks to the unborn child because they require doctors to take samples of fetal tissue by piercing the womb. The techniques, which included amniocentisis and chorionic villus sampling, presented problems for...

2010-10-27 10:03:38

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Genetic factors increase susceptibility of pregnancy disorders, such as miscarriage, preeclampsia, and fetal growth restriction. These disorders are detrimental to both baby and mother, but with better understanding of the genetics involved these problems could be solved. A successful pregnancy begins with the invasion of the lining of the uterus by fetal cells, called trophoblasts, which become the main cell type of the placenta. Inadequate trophoblast invasion of the...

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