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May 23, 2015

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May 23, 2015

Investigating the Benefits of 'Sticky Sperm' for IVF

May 19, 2015 — Scientists are investigating whether a molecule usually found in moisturizers and skin creams could improve IVF success rates. Embryologists running a new clinical trial are investigating whether ... read more

Antipsychotic Drug Use in Pregnant Women Appears to Pose Minimal Risk, New Study Suggests

May 13, 2015 — Antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not put women at additional risk of developing gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders or major blood clots that obstruct circulation, ... read more

Study Characterizes Effects of Severe Kidney Injury During Pregnancy

May 15, 2015 — The incidence of acute kidney injury that requires dialysis is 1 in 10,000 pregnancies, a new Canadian study reports; otherwise healthy women who acquire a major pregnancy-related complication are at ... read more

Challenges of Developing Obstetric Medicines

May 13, 2015 — The development of new drugs for use in obstetrics is long overdue. A new paper addresses the reasons for this and suggests ways that barriers to finding new treatments could be ... read more

Exogenous microRNAs in Maternal Food Pass Through Placenta, Regulate Fetal Gene Expression

May 12, 2015 — Small non-coding RNAs in maternal food can transfer through placenta to regulate fetal gene expression, a new study shows. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are a class of noncoding RNAs with lengths of ... read more

X-Linked Gene Mutations Cause Some Cases of Male Infertility, Study Says

May 13, 2015 — Some cases of male infertility are due to mutations in the maternal X chromosome that prevent development of viable sperm, according to a study. Nearly half of cases of male infertility not due to a ... read more

May 11, 2015 — The gene and hormone soup that enables women to breastfeed their newborns also can be a recipe for breast cancer, particularly when the first pregnancy is after age 30. The findings point toward new ... read more

No Difference in Post-Op Complications for Pregnant Women Undergoing General Surgery

May 13, 2015 — Pregnant women who undergo general surgical procedures appear to have no significant difference in postoperative complications compared with women who are not pregnant, according to a report. ... read more

Prenatal Exercise Lowers Risks of C-Sections, Higher Birth Weights

May 12, 2015 — Pregnant women who exercise can significantly lower the risk of undergoing cesarean sections and giving birth to large babies, a study has found. Prenatal exercise has been suggested to be a means to ... read more

Survey Finds Miscarriage Widely Misunderstood

May 11, 2015 — Misperceptions about miscarriage and its causes are widespread, a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults has found. Results of the survey show that feelings of guilt and shame are common after a ... read more

Changes in Placenta's Protective Ability During Pregnancy Linked to Transporter Proteins

May 8, 2015 — An important function of the human placenta is to protect the fetus from detrimental substances in maternal blood, such as glucocorticoids or toxins. Placental membrane-bound transporter proteins, ... read more

May 7, 2015 — Anecdotal reports of nursing mothers have long suggested that giving milk is a lot easier in second and subsequent pregnancies, compared with a first pregnancy. Now, researchers can explain why. ... read more

Migraines, Hormones, Pre-Eclampsia, Lifespan All Feature in Increased Strokes for Women

May 7, 2015 — Each year, around 55,000 more women than men will have a stroke. Longer lifespans, pregnancies and hormones all contribute to the disparity, as do illnesses that tend to strike women more frequently. ... read more

Popular Media Influences Choice of Childbirth

May 7, 2015 — Women's magazines influence whether women decide to have a more natural childbirth or not, with most of the messages biased towards promoting the benefits of medicalized birth, an Australian ... read more

Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Study Finds

May 7, 2015 — Only half of women with cystic fibrosis report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study. As recently as the 1960s, children with cystic ... read more

When Mom Gains Too Much Weight During Pregnancy, Her Child Is More Likely to Be Obese

May 6, 2015 — A new study has found that when an expecting mother gains more weight than recommended, does not exercise or smokes during pregnancy, the probability that her child will be overweight or obese at the ... read more

Treating Gum Disease Reduces Prostate Symptoms, Researchers Find

May 5, 2015 — Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers. Previous studies have found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that inflames ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families plagued by congenital eye malformations has now been solved by researchers. By mapping and sequencing family DNA, the research team found ... read more

Innovation Allows Pregnant Women With Diabetes to Achieve Round-the-Clock Glucose Control

Apr. 22, 2015 — Achieving better glucose control in pregnant women with diabetes by using continuous glucose monitoring may help them give birth to healthier children, new research suggests. Up to 50% of babies born ... read more

Most Women Don't Know Female-Specific Stroke Signs

Apr. 27, 2015 — A new national survey shows that most women don't know the risks or symptoms females face when it comes to having a stroke. The survey found that only 11 percent of women could identify ... read more

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