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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 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

Pregnancy Is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over Condition

Aug. 25, 2015 — Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of ... read more

Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment Can Succeed With Fewer Hormones

Aug. 25, 2015 — New research provides hope that women undergoing fertility treatment can avoid unpleasant hormonal gel by having their own body produce pregnancy ... read more

Better Maternal Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Abnormalities in Babies at Birth

Aug. 24, 2015 — A relatively healthy diet before pregnancy is linked to a lower rate of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth, finds ... 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

TV's Subliminal Influence on Women's Perception of Pregnancy and Birth

Aug. 22, 2015 — In an era where popular culture is increasingly recognized for its impact on lay understanding of health and medicine, few scholars have looked at television's powerful role in the creation of ... read more

Unique Genes in Khoe-San People May Lower Risk of Some Pregnancy Hazards

Aug. 20, 2015 — An unusual mutation in an immune system gene switches a receptor from one target molecule to another in Khoe-San people. It's the first known example of such a change, say researchers, and ... read more

Severe Headache in Pregnant Women: When to Worry

Aug. 19, 2015 — The first clinical recommendations for making diagnostic decisions about severe headaches in pregnant women have been offered by experts. Headaches, they say, can be an indication of pregnancy ... read more

The Global Cost of Unsafe Abortion

Aug. 19, 2015 — Seven million women a year in the developing world are treated in healthcare facilities for complications following unsafe abortion, finds a new study, and every day, approximately 800 women die from ... 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

Increased Risk of Depression for Mothers Undergoing Fertility Treatment

Aug. 18, 2015 — Women giving birth after undergoing fertility treatment face an increased risk of depression compared to women ending up not having a child following fertility treatment, according to new research. ... 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

Gestational Diabetes: A Diabetes Predictor in Fathers

Aug. 13, 2015 — Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, affects between three and 20 percent of pregnant women. Those who develop gestational diabetes are seven times as likely to ... 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

Aug. 13, 2015 — More and more mothers facing childbirth are asking for a cesarean. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the social and cultural to the personal, such as fear about the birth. A review ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Scientists have discovered metabolic rejuvenation factors in eggs. This critical finding furthers our understanding of how cellular metabolism changes during aging, and during rejuvenation after egg ... read more

Fetal ECG During Labor Offers No Advantage Over Conventional Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

Aug. 12, 2015 — Fetal electrocardiogram ST segment analysis, or STAN, which is largely used in Europe to measure fetal heart activity, does not improve outcomes during labor and delivery or decrease cesarean ... read more

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