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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

New Study Removes Cancer Doubt for Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers are calling on the medical community to reconsider developing a known drug to treat people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) after new evidence shows it does not increase the risk of ... read more

Grandmother's Smoking Habits Increase Asthma Risk in Grandchildren

Sep. 29, 2015 — Children with grandmothers who smoked have an increased risk of asthma even when mothers did not smoke, according to new findings. The new study is the first to investigate the risk in a whole ... read more

Among South Asians, Risks of Developing Diabetes Begins at Birth, Says Research

Sep. 29, 2015 — South Asian women who minimize their risk of gestational diabetes and avoid excessive weight gain in pregnancy may help to prevent diabetes in their own children, new research ... read more

Home-Based Counselling Strategies Alone May Not Improve Neonatal Survival in Rural Africa

Sep. 29, 2015 — Implementing a home-based volunteer counselling strategy during pregnancy and the first few days of an infant's life in rural Africa may not be enough to improve neonatal survival, despite ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists advance understanding of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, a liver disorder that leaves infants born to affected mothers at risk for severe ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Current standards for ultrasound evaluation of fetal growth may lead to misclassification of up to 15 percent of fetuses of minority mothers as being too small, according to a ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, the consequences of climate change and strategies to mitigate such consequences are often a hotly debated topic. A new study adds to the ever-growing ... read more

Alternative Therapies to Prevent Malaria in Pregnancy

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new drug may be more effective at preventing malaria in pregnant woman, especially where there is resistance to the current treatments, scientists report. Malaria infection during pregnancy is a ... read more

How More Women With Earlier Caesarean Sections Can Give Birth Vaginally Next Time

Sep. 29, 2015 — In many countries, caesarean section is routinely used if the woman previously gave birth by caesarean section. Doctors and midwives in countries with a high rate of vaginal births after caesarean ... read more

Biomarkers in Maternal Blood Can Identify Pregnant Women With Lupus at Low Risk for Adverse Outcomes

Sep. 29, 2015 — Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus, are at higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia, placental insufficiency, fetal death, miscarriages, and other ... read more

Researchers Say Hormone Might Break Cycle of Obesity

Sep. 28, 2015 — As obesity rates for pregnant women continue to climb, scientists have discovered that increasing a specific hormone during pregnancy can reduce or eliminate the chances that the baby will become ... read more

A Cancer Diagnosis While Pregnant Should Not Lead to Treatment Delay or Pregnancy Termination, Study Suggests

Sep. 28, 2015 — Women who are pregnant when diagnosed with cancer can start treatment for their disease immediately and do not need to terminate their pregnancy due to worries over the effects of therapy on the ... read more

Hormonal Therapy May Prevent Ovarian Failure and Preserve Fertility in Breast Cancer

Sep. 27, 2015 — Young women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer may be more likely to remain fertile if they also receive hormonal ... read more

Medicaid Study Uncovers Rise in Costly ER Visits Due to Possible Gaps in Postpartum Care

Sep. 25, 2015 — Citing an analysis of more than 26,000 Maryland Medicaid claims, researchers report evidence that poor women with recent complications during their pregnancies are using the emergency room (ER) at ... read more

New Treatment May Help Overcome Common Pregnancy-Related Complication

Sep. 24, 2015 — In pregnant women with preeclampsia, a procedure used to remove a protein called sFlt-1 from the blood reduced the amount of protein excreted in the urine and stabilized blood pressure. Pregnancy ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Over half of all pregnant women world-wide are at risk for malaria, but little is known about possible consequences for the neurodevelopment of children exposed to malaria in pregnancy. A new study ... read more

Weight Loss, Exercise Improve Fertility in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Sep. 24, 2015 — Weight loss and exercise improve ovulation in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome, a common hormone disorder that often causes infertility, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Men with higher exposure to the substance DEHP, a so-called phthalate, have lower sperm motility and may therefore experience more difficulties conceiving children, according to a new ... read more

Early Miscarriage Guidelines Should Be Improved, Researchers Say

Sep. 23, 2015 — Researchers are calling for improvements to the way early miscarriage is diagnosed, following a new study. An accurate diagnosis is vital since a misdiagnosis could result in a healthy pregnancy ... read more

Stillbirth Should Be Given Greater Priority on the Global Health Agenda, Argue Experts

Sep. 23, 2015 — Clear targets to prevent stillbirths should be included in national and global health plans, argue ... read more

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