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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Altered Immune Cells May Both Contribute to Preeclampsia and Offer New Hope for Treatment

Apr. 24, 2017 — Researchers have found that the immune system's natural killer (NK) cells activate and change in response to placental ischemia. Disrupting these altered cells seems to blunt some of the ... read more

Online Preconception Health Education Tool Positively Impacts Patient Care

Apr. 19, 2017 — A research team has evaluated MyFamilyPlan and found that it enabled a significant increase in the proportion of women who reported discussing their reproductive health with their ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — A new study suggests that mothers' use of antidepressants during early pregnancy does not increase the risk of their children developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ... read more

Article Examines Studies on Antidepressants, Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr. 17, 2017 — A new article reviews and analyzes a small collection of studies on fetal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum ... read more

Impact of Common Risk Factors on Outcomes for Home, Birth Center Births

Apr. 13, 2017 — Women with some characteristics commonly thought to increase pregnancy risks -- being over age 35; being overweight; and in some cases, having a vaginal birth after a cesarean section -- tend to have ... read more

Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Could Influence the Biological Clock for Aging

Apr. 11, 2017 — The stress that some mothers experience during their pregnancies could influence the genetic makeup their babies are born with and, eventually, lead to premature biological ageing and associated ... read more

Researchers Identify Link Between Birth Defect, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Apr. 10, 2017 — A new study has found a link between neurological birth defects in infants commonly found in pregnant women with diabetes and several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Scientists have succeeded in growing miniature functional models of the lining of the womb (uterus) in culture. These organoids, as they are known, could provide new insights into the early stages of ... read more

Big Women Have Nearly Threefold Greater Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Apr. 7, 2017 — Big women have a nearly threefold greater risk of atrial fibrillation than small women, according to new research. The study included 1.5 million women who were followed-up for more than 30 ... read more

Researchers Improve Technology to Save Sperm Stem Cells

Apr. 6, 2017 — Researchers have found a promising way to preserve sperm stem cells so boys could undergo cancer treatment without risking their ... read more

Low-Dose Penicillin in Early Life Induces Long-Term Changes in Behavior

Apr. 4, 2017 — Low-dose penicillin taken late in pregnancy and in early life of mice offspring, changes behavior and the balance of microbes in the gut. While these studies have been performed in mice, they point ... read more

Even 'Healthy' Weight Gain Raises Pregnancy Diabetes Risk

Apr. 4, 2017 — Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Women gaining more than 2.5 percent of their body weight each year tripled their risk of ... read more

New Insight Into Leading Viral Cause of Congenital Birth Defects

Apr. 4, 2017 — A new study has revealed why CMV -- a virus responsible for 1,000 birth defects a year in the UK -- is so adept at evading the immune system. The new findings could help in the development of ... read more

Ladies, This Is Why Fertility Declines With Age

Apr. 3, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility. Thanks to cutting-edge microscopy techniques, they observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older ... read more

Early Life Antibiotic Use Linked to Inflammatory Gut Diseases in Adulthood

Apr. 3, 2017 — A new research report involving mice shows that antibiotic use very early in life that alters the normal development/growth of gut bacteria, may contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel ... read more

Technique for 'Three-Parent Baby' Revealed

Apr. 3, 2017 — Details of a pioneering IVF technique using mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) have been published, giving hope to those families with inheritable mitochondrial disorders that they may be able ... read more

Maternal Pertussis Vaccination Reduces Risk for Newborns by More Than 90 Percent

Apr. 3, 2017 — Among infants of women who received the Tdap pertussis booster vaccine during pregnancy, the risk of contracting pertussis was reduced by an estimated 91 percent during the first two months of life ... read more

Many Transgender Individuals Consider Their Fertility Important, Survey Shows

Apr. 3, 2017 — Nearly one-fourth of transgender individuals in Toronto, Canada, regard their own fertility as important, but most lack knowledge regarding and access to reproductive options, a new survey ... read more

Alcohol Abuse Even Before Pregnancy May Harm Offspring

Apr. 3, 2017 — Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as ... read more

Technology to Screen Embryos Before Implantation Falls Short

Apr. 2, 2017 — Because current methods for assessing the viability of IVF-created embryos are not sufficiently reliable, more research on embryo development is needed, two experts write in a new review ... read more

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