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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

Ancient Viral Molecules Essential for Human Development

Nov. 23, 2015 — Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to ... 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

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. 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

Nov. 9, 2015 — A new method to expand the types of chromosomal abnormalities that noninvasive prenatal testing can detect has been developed by researchers. A new study uses a semiconductor sequencing platform to ... read more

Children Exposed to Arsenic May Face Greater Risk of Infection, Respiratory Symptoms

Nov. 9, 2015 — Children born to women who were exposed to higher arsenic during pregnancy have a greater risk of infections and respiratory symptoms within their first year of life, a new study ... read more

Helping Mothers to Help Preemies

Nov. 6, 2015 — A new article provides advice from physicians for women planning a pregnancy and takes a look at premature ... read more

Researchers Urge Lifting of NIH Funding Restrictions on Chimeric Research

Nov. 5, 2015 — Citing the 'tremendous potential' of research on human stem cells in nonhuman embryos, scientists and a bioethicist have co-authored a letter urging the removal of funding restrictions ... read more

Duration of Lactation Associated With Bone Density

Nov. 5, 2015 — Maternal bone density decreases after childbirth, but only among women who lactate for at least four months. The lactation period is unrelated to vitamin D ... read more

Earliest Embryonic Lethality Gene Identified

Nov. 5, 2015 — A single gene (TLE6), when mutated, is responsible for human embryonic lethality at an earlier stage of development than has ever previously been documented, new research ... read more

Resistance Exercise During Pregnancy Has Perceived Positive Effects

Nov. 4, 2015 — Resistance exercise during pregnancy has perceived positive effects. Swimming, walking and other mild physical activities, along with avoidance of resistance exercise, are often recommended for ... read more

Teenage Exposure to Pesticides May Lead to Abnormal Sperm, New Study Says

Nov. 4, 2015 — Adolescent exposure to environmental pollutants known as organochlorines may lead to defective sperm, according to a new study. The research is the first to look for associations between exposure to ... read more

New Drug Provides Safer Alternative to Conventional IVF Treatment

Nov. 3, 2015 — The hormone kisspeptin could be a safer and more effective way for harvesting eggs during IVF treatment, according to a new ... read more

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