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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Unintended Pregnancy Explained

Nov. 23, 2015 — A new study examined why African American and Hispanic women have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than White women, and found that unique factors explained the differences in unintended ... read more

New Biomarker Predicts Development of Preeclampsia at Six Weeks of Pregnancy

Nov. 20, 2015 — Preeclampsia is generally diagnosed later in pregnancy, but new research reports that the protein copeptin can predict the development of preeclampsia as early as six weeks of gestation. The findings ... read more

Moderate Amounts of Caffeine During Pregnancy Do Not Harm Baby's IQ, Study Suggests

Nov. 19, 2015 — Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child's intelligence, according to a new ... read more

Children Born to Women After Bariatric Surgery at Higher Risk of Obesity, Diabetes

Nov. 19, 2015 — Weight-loss surgery can boost fertility in women and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications that commonly occur in obese women. However, a new study in rats suggests that weight-loss surgery ... read more

Vision Test Gives Insight Into the Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Recreational Drugs

Nov. 19, 2015 — Children exposed to marijuana in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to new vision research. But researchers are warning that the ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Anthropologists study the Tsimane people of Bolivia to determine how parasitism affects female ... read more

More of a Good Thing Is Not Always Better, and Certainly Not If You Are a Stem Cell

Nov. 19, 2015 — Stem cell research has uncovered key new knowledge about how placental stem cells switch between maintaining a stem cell identity to setting off down the route to becoming specialized cell ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The simple act of running may be sufficient to prevent long-term cognitive impairments caused by prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs, according to a study. The findings revealed that prenatal ... read more

Critical Gaps in Antenatal Care Identified in Cases of Term Stillbirths

Nov. 18, 2015 — An expert enquiry identifies key steps for hospitals to improve care for pregnant mothers and babies. The study follows an investigation by a team of experts into 133 cases of stillbirth in 2013 in ... read more

Brain Disorder May Increase Miscarriage and Preeclampsia Risk in Pregnancy

Nov. 18, 2015 — Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a disease often confused for multiple sclerosis, may increase a woman's risk for miscarriage and preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Don't believe the hype when you see those creams and ointments promising to prevent or reduce pregnancy stretch marks. Dermatologists are still learning about what causes stretch marks in the ... read more

Mother's Age at Birth May Influence Symptoms of Depression in Daughters

Nov. 17, 2015 — The daughters, but not the sons, of women who give birth at age 30 or older are more likely to experience symptoms of depression as young adults, according to new ... read more

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Nov. 17, 2015 — Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Changes in cellular metabolites, the simple compounds generated during life-sustaining chemical activities in cells, have been shown to regulate embryonic stem cell development at the earliest stages ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Researchers conducted experiments on the hippocampus of neonatal rats and mice, quite similar to the one of a human fetus at the second half of pregnancy period. Hence it will be possible make ... read more

New Study Finds Financial Incentives to Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking Are Highly Cost-Effective

Nov. 12, 2015 — Smoking during pregnancy is among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and death amongst pregnant women and their babies. The first cost-effectiveness analysis of financial incentives to help ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — A study of men who donate sperm via informal online websites and forums has found those who are intelligent but not extroverted are more desirable to women when choosing a ... read more

Perfluorooctanoic Acid Exposure in Utero Linked to Child Adiposity, Faster BMI Gain

Nov. 11, 2015 — A study of more than 200 Cincinnati households finds that the children of mothers who experienced higher levels of exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) while pregnant had higher body fat and ... read more

New Online Tool Created to Tackle Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth

Nov. 11, 2015 — An interdisciplinary team of biologists and medical researchers has created a new platform, which they call GEneSTATION specifically designed to leverage the growing knowledge of human genomics and ... read more

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Services Insufficient in Supporting Those Affected

Nov. 10, 2015 — There is an urgent need to do more to recognize prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to integrate better pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. The importance of raising awareness ... read more

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