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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Opioid Receptor Gene Variations Associated With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Severity

Aug. 25, 2015 — A new study indicates that variations in opioid receptor genes are associated with more severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborn babies. The findings could help lead to the development of ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — University of Manchester scientists have bridged a gap between two separate pieces of small intestine kept alive outside the body, in an advance which could have implications for surgery in human ... read more

Similar Outcomes for Mothers and Babies at Low Risk Delivered by Family Physicians and Obstetricians

Aug. 24, 2015 — For pregnant women who are at low risk of complications giving birth, the risk of newborn death and maternal complications is similar for obstetric deliveries by family physicians and obstetricians, ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Having a baby at home can save thousands of dollars over a hospital birth and is just as safe for low-risk births, according to a new study. These findings follow earlier research that demonstrated ... read more

The First Steps of Sun Protection: How to Keep Your Baby Safe

Aug. 20, 2015 — According to new research, some parents are not taking the proper steps to protect their infants from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet ... read more

Shorter Women Have Shorter Pregnancies, Study Shows

Aug. 18, 2015 — Shorter mothers have shorter pregnancies, smaller babies, and higher risk for a preterm birth. Investigators found that a mother's height directly influences her risk for preterm birth. They ... read more

Women Choose Contraception Based on Relationships Not Just Pregnancy Desires

Aug. 18, 2015 — Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to ... read more

Proof-of-Concept Study Shows Potential for Ultrasound to Detect Signs of Preterm Labor

Aug. 18, 2015 — An international team of researchers has conducted a proof-of-concept study that raises the possibility of using ultrasound techniques to detect cervical stiffness changes that indicate an increased ... read more

Microbiome of a Woman's Reproductive Tract May Predict Preterm Birth

Aug. 17, 2015 — Microbial communities in the reproductive tracts of women who delivered their babies too soon were different from those of women who delivered full term, scientists have found. Those differences were ... read more

Genomic Testing Triggers a Diabetes Diagnosis Revolution

Aug. 17, 2015 — Over a 10 year period, the time that babies receive genetic testing after being diagnosed with diabetes has fallen from over four years to under two months. Pinpointing the exact genetic causes of ... read more

Breastfeeding Could Reduce Commons Infections Among Indigenous Infants

Aug. 17, 2015 — Promoting breastfeeding could lead to a substantial reduction in common infections and even deaths that are more common in Indigenous infants than non-Indigenous infants, a new study ... read more

Study Finds Little Improvement in Mortality Rate for Extremely Preterm Infants Since 2000

Aug. 14, 2015 — Accurate data on how extremely preterm infants fare is important as doctors and parents face difficult decisions. A neonatologist recently took a closer look at the infant mortality rates of ... read more

Birth Factors May Predict Schizophrenia in Genetic Subtype of Schizophrenia

Aug. 13, 2015 — Low birth weight and preterm birth appear to increase the risk of schizophrenia among individuals with a genetic condition called the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a new study ... read more

Smoking Ban Linked to Drop in Stillbirths, Newborn Deaths

Aug. 13, 2015 — Stillbirths have dropped by almost 8 percent in England since the smoking ban was introduced, research shows. The number of babies dying shortly after birth has also dropped by almost eight per cent, ... read more

Combination Vaccine Could Reduce Number of Shots for Infants

Aug. 12, 2015 — In a phase III trial, a new combination vaccine was determined to be effective, safe and well-tolerated. The new vaccine is currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration. After approval, ... read more

Adult IQ of Very Premature Babies Can Be Predicted by the Age of Two

Aug. 12, 2015 — The IQ of adults born very premature or of very low birth weight can be predicted when they are just a toddler, new research suggests. Previous studies have linked very premature birth and very low ... read more

Single Interrupted Pregnancy May Impact Later Deliveries, New Research Finds

Aug. 11, 2015 — Even a single incident of abortion or miscarriage can have repercussions for subsequent pregnancies, researchers say. The study suggests that women who have experienced a single pregnancy loss are ... read more

Outcomes of Prolonged Episodes of Respiratory Disorder Among Extremely Preterm Infants

Aug. 11, 2015 — Among extremely preterm infants, prolonged episodes of hypoxemia (abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood, which leads to shortness of breath) during the first two to three months after birth ... read more

Women Having a Baby by IVF Are at Increased Risk of Reflux Disease After Birth

Aug. 10, 2015 — Women who give birth to babies conceived by in-vitro fertilization are at increased risk of experiencing long-term symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, according to the results of a study. ... read more

When New Parents Become Unhappy, Brothers and Sisters Become Less Likely

Aug. 5, 2015 — New parents' drop in subjective well-being helps to explain why many remain with one child, even though they desire two. The investigation deals with a taboo subject: the notion that parents ... read more

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