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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Impact of High Fructose on Health of Offspring

Feb. 4, 2016 — New findings show the effects of antenatal exposure to a high fructose diet on the offspring's development of metabolic syndrome-like phenotype and cardiovascular disease later in ... read more

Using Steroids Before Late Preterm Delivery Reduces Neonatal Respiratory Problems

Feb. 4, 2016 — Using corticosteroids in mothers at risk for late preterm delivery reduced the incidence of severe respiratory complications in their babies, new research indicates. The new study enrolled more than ... read more

Clinical Investigations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Are 'Ethically Permissible' If Conditions Met

Feb. 3, 2016 — Conducting clinical investigations of mitochondrial replacement techniques in humans is ethically permissible as long as significant conditions and principles are met, says a new ... read more

Maternal Diet Alters the Breast Milk Microbiome and Microbial Gene Content

Feb. 2, 2016 — Breast milk contains a diverse microbiome that is presumed to colonize the infant gastrointestinal tract and contribute to the establishment of the infant gut microbiome. The composition of the ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers have found evidence that a “housekeeping” gene present in every cell of the body may have a link to male infertility. The results of the study suggest that deficiency of the SMN gene ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

Increased Risk of Bacterial Infection If Food Is Exposed to Light

Feb. 2, 2016 — Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — When the process of epigenetic reprogramming is defective in mouse development, the consequences in adulthood can include abnormal repetitive behaviors, scientists have ... read more

Study Develops New Equation for Estimating Gestational Age

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers are developing a new formula for estimating gestational age from ultrasound fetal ... read more

The Benefits of Chocolate During Pregnancy

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers will present findings from a study titled, 'High-flavanol chocolate to improve placental function and to decrease the risk of preeclampsia: a double blind randomized clinical ... read more

Study Validates Two-Protein Test for Spontaneous Preterm Birth Prediction

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have presented findings from the Proteomic Assessment of Preterm Risk study with the title Clinical validation of a two-protein test for spontaneous preterm birth prediction in a large ... read more

Adding Azithromycin to Standard Antibiotic Reduced Infections in C-Sections

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers present findings from a study that looked at the benefit of using adjunctive azithromycin to prevent infections after cesarean ... read more

Study Strengthens Evidence Linking Autism to Maternal Obesity-Diabetes

Feb. 1, 2016 — Scientists show they can use electronic medical records and birth information to verify and strengthen an already suspected link between autistic children and pregnant mothers with obesity and ... read more

Competition Between Mothers Starts in the Womb, New Study Suggests

Feb. 1, 2016 — Female mammals, including humans, may try to outcompete one another by producing bigger babies, ground-breaking research has suggested. A 13-year-long study, the first of its kind to use ultrasound, ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — The maternal diet influences fat and glucose metabolism of offspring through epigenetic alterations, new research shows. As the study shows, a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation leads to ... read more

Vaginal Microbes Can Be Partially Restored to C-Section Babies

Feb. 1, 2016 — A simple swab to transfer vaginal microbes from a mother to her C-section-delivered newborn can alter the baby's microbial makeup (microbiome) in a way that more closely resembles the microbiome ... read more

Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child

Jan. 29, 2016 — Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new research ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Bile acid is transferred from the mother to the fetus via the placenta to enable the fetus to produce blood stem cells, new research shows. Bile acids are normally found in adults, to help digest ... read more

Hypertensive Disorders During Pregnancy Increase Risk for High Blood Pressure After Delivery

Jan. 29, 2016 — Women who are diagnosed with hypertensive disorders while pregnant are more than twice as likely to develop high blood pressure in the first year after delivery as women who did not have any ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Reproduction is highly dependent on diet and the ability to use nutrients to grow and generate energy. New work dissects the links between metabolism and the development of eggs and may provide a new ... read more

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