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October 24, 2016

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October 24, 2016

Oct. 12, 2016 — A new approach to image functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses has now been pioneered by researchers, allowing a better look at how functional networks within the brain develop. The ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — By comparing your index and ring fingers, a neuroscientist can tell if you are likely to be anxious, or if you are likely to be a good ... read more

Post Breastfeeding Tissue Remodelling Explained by New Research

Oct. 12, 2016 — A ground-breaking study into the changes that occur in a woman’s breast, from growing into one that provides milk for a new-born, and then back to its normal state, has discovered that ... read more

Study Gives Doctors Guidance on 'Reproductive Coercion'

Oct. 11, 2016 — New research finds that men purposely are breaking their own condoms and pressuring female partners in their teens and 20s to go without birth control in order to get them pregnant. The study ... read more

Insights Into the Development of Sperm and Egg Cell Precursors in the Embryo

Oct. 10, 2016 — Researchers have investigated the early stages of the development of cells called primordial germ cells and developed strategies to generate 'lookalike' cells in the lab. The generation of ... read more

Fewer Indications of ADHD in Children Whose Mothers Took Vitamin D During Pregnancy

Oct. 7, 2016 — Children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood have fewer symptoms of ADHD at the age of 2½ ... read more

First Results from the World’s Oldest Group of ICSI Men Show They Have Lower Semen Quantity and Quality

Oct. 6, 2016 — First results from the world’s oldest group of young men conceived by means of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) fertility treatment because of their fathers’ infertility have shown that ... read more

When Is Maternal Immunization Ethically Justified?

Oct. 5, 2016 — Vaccination during pregnancy can protect women, fetuses and newborn children against infectious diseases – especially in developing countries. Maternal immunization however also raises ethical ... read more

Mosquito-Borne Rift Valley Fever Virus Causes Miscarriage

Oct. 3, 2016 — The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if ... read more

Same Genes Affect Birth Weight and Health Later in Life

Oct. 3, 2016 — Abnormal birth weight is often caused by genetic factors, according to a recent study. The same genetic factors also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases later in life. ... read more

CDC Urging Men at Risk of Zika to Postpone Fatherhood

Sep. 30, 2016 — CDC today announced updates to its interim guidance for pre-pregnancy counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika based on ongoing assessment of available data, primarily extending the ... read more

With Worrisome Animal Research, More Focus Needed on Effects of Cannabis on Human Development

Sep. 30, 2016 — In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers who scoured medical literature on the ... read more

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-Section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Sep. 28, 2016 — A change of practice in C-section delivery -- administering antibiotics before c-section -- improves the health of mom and baby, new research ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Offspring with a father who smoked prior to conception had more than three times higher chance of early-onset asthma than children whose father had never smoked. Both a father's early smoking ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Depression in pregnancy increases the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in children, says a new ... read more

Sep. 27, 2016 — The underlying cause of male infertility is unknown for 30 percent of cases. In a pair of new studies, researchers have determined that the reproductive homeobox (RHOX) family of transcription ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Nausea and vomiting that occurs in pregnancy is often called "morning sickness," as these symptoms typically begin in the morning and usually resolve as the day progresses. For most women, ... read more

Women With Hearing Loss More Likely to Have Preterm or Low Birth Weight Babies

Sep. 26, 2016 — The first study of birth outcomes in women with hearing loss finds significant differences when compared to women without hearing loss, scientists ... read more

Are Modern Humans Simply Bad at Smoking?

Sep. 23, 2016 — Scientist looked for the genetic footprint of fire use in our genes, but found that our prehistoric cousins - the Neanderthals - and even the great apes seem better at dealing with the toxins in ... read more

Vitamin B Levels During Pregnancy Linked to Eczema Risk in Child

Sep. 23, 2016 — Infants whose mothers had a higher level of a particular type of vitamin B during pregnancy have a lower risk of eczema at age 12 months, new research has shown. The study is the first to link ... read more

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