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2013-11-27 15:57:21

Researchers identify cells involved in placenta development Dr. Hanna Mikkola and researchers at UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have identified a specific type of cell and a related cell communication pathway that are key to the successful growth of a healthy placenta. The findings could greatly bolster our knowledge about the potential causes of complications during pregnancy. Specifically, the findings could help scientists clarify...

Autism Diagnosis Could Be Made At Birth
2013-04-26 06:21:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis claim to have discovered a new method of determining a child´s potential risk of becoming autistic. According to CBS News reporter Ryan Jaslow, the researchers report doctors may be able to detect clues about a child´s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by examining the placenta at the time of...

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...

2012-06-07 09:03:21

Some mothers literally carry pieces of their children in their bodies A pregnant woman's blood stream contains not only her own cells, but a small number of her child's, as well, and some of them remain in her internal organs long after the baby is born. Understanding the origin and identity of these cells is vital to understanding their potential effects on a mother's long-term health. For example, fetal cells have been found at tumor sites in mothers, but it is unknown whether the cells...

2011-10-11 09:34:41

A battle that brews in the mother's womb between the father's biological goal to produce the biggest, healthiest baby possible vs. the mother's need to live through delivery might help explain preeclampsia, an often deadly disease of pregnancy. The fetus must be big enough to thrive, yet small enough to pass through the birth canal. In a new study, Yale researchers describe the mechanism that keeps these conflicting goals in balance. The findings are published in the October 11, 2011...

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...

2010-10-25 16:10:26

A team of researchers, led by Ashley Moffett, at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has shed new light on genetic factors that increase susceptibility to and provide protection from common disorders of pregnancy, specifically recurrent miscarriage, preeclampsia, and fetal growth restriction. A key step in the initiation of a successful pregnancy is the invasion of the lining of the uterus by fetal cells known as trophoblasts, which become the main cell type of the placenta....

2009-10-21 12:20:22

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions have used short tandem repeat (STR) genotyping and p57 immunohistochemistry to distinguish hydatidiform moles. The related report by Murphy et al "Molecular Genotyping of Hydatidiform Moles: Analytic Validation of a Multiplex Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Assay," appears in the November 2009 issue of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Molar pregnancy is an abnormal form of pregnancy in which a fertilized but non-viable egg implants in the...

2005-06-20 22:51:15

Copenhagen, Denmark: Researchers investigating recurrent miscarriages have made the intriguing discovery that the steroid prednisolone reduces the numbers of a type of cell that is known to play a role before and during early pregnancy. Their findings open up possible new avenues for treating a condition for which no satisfactory treatment currently exists. The research is so important that the lead author, Dr Siobhan Quenby, told the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human...


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