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November 28, 2015

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November 28, 2015

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Services Insufficient in Supporting Those Affected

Nov. 10, 2015 — There is an urgent need to do more to recognize prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to integrate better pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. The importance of raising awareness ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Highly sensitive sensors have been successfully used to map the electrical activity of the developing heart in embryos, scientists report. The study could lead to new insight into how heart rhythm ... read more

Adults Born With Heart Disease at Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Death

Nov. 9, 2015 — A study of adults up to age 70 shows a dramatically increased risk of heart attack in those who were born with heart ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — A new method to expand the types of chromosomal abnormalities that noninvasive prenatal testing can detect has been developed by researchers. A new study uses a semiconductor sequencing platform to ... read more

Helping Mothers to Help Preemies

Nov. 6, 2015 — A new article provides advice from physicians for women planning a pregnancy and takes a look at premature ... read more

Genetic Modification Shows Promise for Preventing Hereditary Hearing Loss

Nov. 6, 2015 — A mitochondrial defect is responsible for a type of human hereditary deafness that worsens over time and can lead to profound hearing loss. Using a genetically modified mice model with a ... read more

Fly Method Is Epilepsy's Ray of Light

Nov. 5, 2015 — A revolutionary new research approach has for the first time shown that epilepsy could be preventable. However, the technique developed and tested over three-years will not benefit individuals who ... read more

March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card Grades Cities; Focuses on Racial Disparities

Nov. 5, 2015 — The US preterm birth rate ranks among the worst of high-resource countries. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm, and nearly one million die. Babies who survive an early birth often face ... read more

New Drug Provides Safer Alternative to Conventional IVF Treatment

Nov. 3, 2015 — The hormone kisspeptin could be a safer and more effective way for harvesting eggs during IVF treatment, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — Individuals with Down syndrome who survive into adulthood face the additional challenge of early-onset dementia, in which toxic amyloid plaques build up in the brain. The condition is strikingly ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about where the body stores and deploys blood-clotting factor VIII, a protein that about 80 percent of hemophiliacs cannot make due to genetic ... read more

Pregnancy Antibiotics No Cause for Concern, Study Says

Oct. 30, 2015 — The four out of ten women who use antibiotics during pregnancy can breathe easy, as a comprehensive new study shows that the two most often prescribed drugs have no adverse outcome on the child’s ... read more

Obese Pregnant Women Who Lose Weight Save Money, Have Healthier Newborns, Study Shows

Oct. 30, 2015 — Severely obese women who maintained or lost weight during pregnancy had healthier babies and lower health care costs, a recent study shows. The work compared 82 severely obese pregnant women with 85 ... read more

Computer-Based Modeling Improves Outcomes for Infants in Drug Withdrawal

Oct. 29, 2015 — Computer-based modeling is helping to further reduce length of hospital stay and duration of treatment with opioids that are used therapeutically to wean babies born in withdrawal from drugs their ... read more

New Thyroid Cancer Gene Discovered

Oct. 29, 2015 — A new gene associated with Cowden syndrome, an inherited condition that carries high risks of thyroid, breast, and other cancers, and a subset of non-inherited thyroid cancers, has been discovered by ... read more

Oct. 28, 2015 — Proteins usually responsible for the destruction of virally infected or cancerous cells in our immune system have been found to control the release from cells of a critical growth factor governing ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — For two generations of one family, inherited variation in the ETV6 gene linked to an increased risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic ... read more

New Growth Charts Developed for US Children With Down Syndrome

Oct. 27, 2015 — Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for US children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth ... read more

Genetic Tests of Amniotic Fluid Could Guide Timing of Delicate Births

Oct. 27, 2015 — Analyzing gene expression of an expectant mother's amniotic fluid could give doctors an important tool for deciding when it is safe to deliver premature babies. Researchers report a way to test ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — New research shows an increased risk of large bowel cancer for each 1 cm rise in waist circumference. In addition, in men, there is now evidence that increasing waist circumference in middle age is ... read more

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