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August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

Home Births Lead to Higher Infant Mortality, at Least for Mothers Living in Poorer Areas, Experts Say

July 27, 2015 — Home births lead to higher infant mortality than hospital births, at least for mothers living in poorer areas. This is the conclusion of a new study that examines 356,412 low-risk Dutch women who ... read more

Stillbirth and Late Termination of Pregnancy: Women in 'Agonizing' Situations Need 'Empathic, Supportive Care'

July 27, 2015 — Stillbirth or late termination of pregnancy due to severe fetal anomalies is a heartbreaking event for women and families—and one that poses challenges for all members of the healthcare team as ... read more

Teeth Reveal Lifetime Exposures to Metals, Toxins

July 22, 2015 — Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's in adulthood -- and are teeth the window into the past that can ... read more

Genetic Mutation Causing Lethal Condition in Infants Identified

July 22, 2015 — Newborn children born with a mutation in the Plasmalemma Vesicle Associated Protein gene develop severe protein losing enteropathy, according to a new case study. Protein losing enteropathy is a ... read more

Screening in Pregnancy Key to Eliminating Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

July 22, 2015 — Canada has almost eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission, known as vertical transmission, in recent years by ensuring that all women have the opportunity to be screened for HIV in pregnancy and ... read more

Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Improving Health Outcomes, Reducing Costs

July 21, 2015 — Advances in technology have spurred better outcomes for infants treated in neonatal intensive care units, but parents and physicians need to work together to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful ... read more

Low Birth Weight Combined With Unhealthy Adult Lifestyle May Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

July 21, 2015 — People who are a low weight at birth and have unhealthy habits as adults, such as eating nutritionally poor diets or smoking, may have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people born at ... read more

Transgender Youth Have Typical Hormone Levels

July 21, 2015 — Researchers who provide care for the largest number of trans youth in the US have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their ... read more

Mom's Weight During First Pregnancy May Impact Second Child

July 20, 2015 — Researchers showed a relationship between mom’s weight during her first uncomplicated pregnancy and problems with subsequent babies. At the conclusion of their study, the researchers recommended ... read more

Researchers Discover Surprising Link Between Chronic Stress, Preterm Birth

July 16, 2015 — Excessive stress can result in preterm birth, which has been show to affect a person's health throughout their life, surprising new research shows. The World Health Organization estimates 15 ... read more

Teen Birth, Mental Health Lead Child Hospitalizations in Texas

July 14, 2015 — From 2004 to 2010 in Texas, mental illness was the most common reason for the hospitalization of children ages 10-14 while pregnancy/birth was the most common reason for the hospitalization of ... read more

Obesity Drug Has No Effect on Baby Birthweights, Study Finds

July 10, 2015 — Treating obese pregnant women with a diabetes drug does not stop their babies from being born overweight, a study has found. Doctors had hoped that the treatment would help to reduce obesity rates ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Screening method can reduce false-positive hearing results, reducing need for extensive followup tests, family stress, researchers say. In their study, audiologists used high-frequency tympanometry ... read more

Call for Breastfeeding Guidance for Babies With Down's Syndrome

July 9, 2015 — Despite compelling evidence about the benefits of breastfeeding, little is known about the breastfeeding experiences of mothers of infants with Down's syndrome. In the UK, clinical commissioning ... read more

Some SSRI Antidepressants May Be Associated With Increased Birth Defect Risk

July 8, 2015 — Some antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) taken during early pregnancy may indeed be associated with an increased risk of birth defects, finds a ... read more

Mothers Who Smoke, Give Birth Preterm More Than Triple Their CVD Risk

July 8, 2015 — Mothers who smoke and have a preterm birth more than triple their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to research in more than 900,000 mothers. The researchers also discovered that CVD ... read more

Strategies to Prevent Stillbirth Examined

July 8, 2015 — Reducing the risk of stillbirth calls for better monitoring of women during their pregnancy to help find those whose babies' lives could be saved by early delivery, a new report ... read more

Poor Sanitation Practices in Pregnant Women Linked to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in India

July 7, 2015 — Poor sanitation practices, such as open defecation, in pregnant women are linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes in two rural areas of Odisha state, India, according to a a new ... read more

REM Sleep Critical for Young Brain Development; Medication Interferes

July 3, 2015 — Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate ... read more

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