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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

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

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

Research Hints at a Nutritional Strategy for Reducing Autism Risk

Jan. 28, 2016 — Folic acid has long been touted as an important supplement for women of childbearing age for its ability to prevent defects in the baby's developing brain and spinal cord. In fact, folic acid is ... read more

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Do Not Pose Risk to Unborn Child, Say Researchers

Jan. 27, 2016 — Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to women who are not exposed to the drugs, ... read more

Eating Soy May Protect Women from Health Risks of BPA

Jan. 27, 2016 — Consuming soy regularly may protect women who are undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked to bisphenol A exposure, according to a new ... read more

Painkiller Use in Pregnancy Can Cut Female Fertility, Study Finds

Jan. 27, 2016 — Using painkillers in pregnancy may reduce fertility in subsequent generations, research suggests. Tests in rats found that when a mother was given painkillers during pregnancy, her female offspring ... read more

Early Puberty Associated With Gestational Diabetes

Jan. 26, 2016 — Women who began having menstrual cycles at age 11 had a 39 percent higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, new research has demonstrated. The study followed more than 27,000 women and ... read more

Zika Virus 'a Game-Changer' for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Jan. 26, 2016 — The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, is relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has ... read more

Anti-Asthma Drugs Taken During Pregnancy Associated With Autism Risk

Jan. 26, 2016 — Taking B2AR agonist asthma drugs during pregnancy appears to be associated with an increased risk that the child will develop autism, according to new ... read more

Many Latino Kids Struggle to Reach a Healthy Weight by Kindergarten

Jan. 26, 2016 — More Latino kids are obese by ages 2-5 than white kids, due to maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels, ... read more

Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy May Not Reduce Risk of Asthma, Wheezing in Offspring

Jan. 26, 2016 — Two randomized trials examine if vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy would reduce the risk of asthma or persistent wheezing in offspring. Asthma often begins in early childhood and is the most ... read more

Screening for Depression Recommended for Adults, Including Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Jan. 26, 2016 — The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, and that screening should be implemented with ... read more

Better Access to Contraception Means More Sex for Married Couples

Jan. 26, 2016 — Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research ... read more

Exposure to High Levels of Air Pollution Associated With Higher Risk of Preterm Birth

Jan. 26, 2016 — Exposure to high levels of small particle air pollution is associated with an increased risk of preterm birth -- before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A simple analysis of chromosomal breaks in sperms can help guide choice of fertility treatment and, thereby, increase chances of successful assisted reproduction for involuntary childless couples, ... read more

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