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2009-05-07 23:11:01

An estimated 3.2 million stillbirths occur worldwide each year, with 98 percent occurring in low- to middle-income countries, U.S. researchers said. The global burden of intrapartum stillbirths -- stillbirths that happen during labor -- is around 1 million, again mostly in low- and middle-income countries. However, the investment and attention given to tackling stillbirths is low, the researchers said. A supplement published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth provides an in-depth analysis of the...

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2009-03-03 06:42:34

Erin Fogarty Owen is celebrating her current pregnancy with the memory of her stillborn daughter Clare close at hand. For Erin, the hardest part of Clare's death is the fact the family still doesn't know what caused it. According to an Associated Press report, for 1 in 3 babies that are stillborn doctors simply can't find an explanation. In the U.S. 25,000 babies are stillborn every year. Birth defects, problems with the placenta, and too little fetal growth account for many stillbirths....

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2008-11-10 10:40:08

Women with a history of serious mental illness are much more likely to have babies that are stillborn or die within the first month of life, new research reveals. Researchers at the Centre for Women's Mental Health at The University of Manchester studied almost 1.5 million births in Denmark between 1973 and 1998, including 7,021 stillbirths. The risk of stillbirth and newborn deaths from any cause was at least twice as high for mothers admitted with a serious psychiatric illness than for...

2008-09-24 06:00:29

By Susan Jurgelski It's a walk to remember. Share of Lancaster, a pregnancy- and infant-loss support group, will hold its sixth annual Walk to Remember, Sunday, at the Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster. According to Share, in the past year, local parents suffered the loss of more than 350 babies through miscarriage, pregnancy complications, prematurity, stillbirth or SIDS. Many other early gestational deaths were unreported. Registration will begin at 1 p.m., and the walk will...

2008-07-15 18:00:13

By JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA-Life was rolling along for Allie Brokhoff. She and her husband Andrew had just settled into their Richmond Hill home, and a trip to the doctor's office in mid-August 2007 confirmed she was three weeks away from adding a third healthy boy to their brood - Ethan Isaac Shark Brokhoff, a name their two sons helped choose. Days later, she noticed the unborn baby wasn't moving much. She ate a bowl of Cocoa Krispies, which usually elicited a flurry of activity from...

2008-06-26 12:03:21

OAKLAND, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pregnant women who receive treatment for substance abuse early in their pregnancy can achieve the same health outcomes as pregnant women with no substance abuse, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in the Journal of Perinatology. The study, which is the largest to date, examined 49,985 women in Kaiser Permanente's prenatal care program and found that integrating substance abuse screening and treatment into routine prenatal care...

2007-06-14 06:07:57

By Papantoniou, Nicolaos Katsoulis, Ioannis; Papageorgiou, Ioannis; Antsaklis, Aris Abstract Long QT syndrome is a rare but severe cardiac arrhythmia. We report the antenatal and intrapartum management of a primigravida carrying the hereditary form of the disease and specifically the Romano-Ward syndrome. A multidisciplinary approach and close obstetric surveillance are mandatory for a good maternal and perinatal outcome. Follow-up of the neonate is equally important. Keywords: Hereditary...

2006-08-14 11:54:36

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting medical care before pregnancy can help women with diabetes control their blood sugar early in pregnancy, and can also reduce the risk of some complications, a new study shows. Women with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have children with birth defects and babies that die shortly after birth. There is strong evidence that this risk is linked to how tightly blood sugar is controlled early in pregnancy, while the fetus' organs are still forming,...

2006-07-12 16:34:59

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Ultrasound technology is a safer and more accurate way to diagnose Rh disease than the standard technique of sampling fluid from a fetus to check for the blood problem, an international study showed on Wednesday. The disease, which can lead to stillbirth or brain damage, is caused by blood incompatibility between mother and fetus, and once led to thousands of stillbirths and infant deaths each year in the United States. The research, the first to...

2005-12-27 12:15:30

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If Epstein-Barr virus (or EBV) -- the bug responsible for mononucleosis, among other ills -- is reactivated during pregnancy, it may lead to early labor or even stillbirth, according to a new report. "EBV reactivation in the first part of pregnancy was associated with shorter duration of pregnancy and lighter babies," Dr. Anne Eskild from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, told Reuters Health. "Though not significant, this...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.