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July 28, 2016

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July 28, 2016

Updated Position Statement on Noninvasive Prenatal Screening for Detection of Fetal Aneuploidy

July 28, 2016 — Noninvasive prenatal screening using cell-free placental DNA circulating in maternal blood (NIPS) has been rapidly integrated into prenatal care since the American College of Medical Genetics and ... read more

Successful Treatment for a Severe Case of Fetal Lung Disorder CPAM

July 28, 2016 — A successful treatment has now been conducted for the fetal lung disorder Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformattion (CPAM), also known as Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM). By ... read more

Common Diabetes Drug May Help Prevent Preterm Birth

July 25, 2016 — Metformin, a medication routinely used by millions of people with type 2 diabetes, may also play an unexpected role in blocking a significant cause of preterm birth, report ... read more

Statins Improve Birth Outcomes for Mothers With an Autoimmune Disorder

July 25, 2016 — A new statin treatment shows promise for reducing premature births and increasing babies' chances of survival for mothers with an autoimmune disease. The small preliminary study of 21 women ... read more

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have developed the first placenta-on-a-chip that can fully model the transport of nutrients across the placental barrier. The flash-drive-sized device contains two layers of human cells ... read more

3 in 10 Women Able to Conceive Naturally After Infertility Treatment

July 25, 2016 — Women who have IVF/ICSI infertility treatments have a 29% chance of conceiving naturally within six years of the cessation of treatments, a new report ... read more

Maternal Intake of Past-Its-Prime Fish Oil Linked to Newborn Death, Rat Study Finds

July 22, 2016 — Nearly 30 percent of newborn pups born to pregnant rats fed highly-oxidized ("off") fish oil died within two days after birth, finds a new ... read more

Third of Pregnant Women Iron Deficient, Risk Thyroid-Related Pregnancy Complications

July 22, 2016 — A third of pregnant women have iron deficiency, putting them at increased risk of having a thyroid disorder and suffering complications such as miscarriages and preterm births, a new study ... read more

For Whom the Births (and Worms) Toll

July 22, 2016 — Studies of Bolivian forager-farmers shed light on costs of high birthrates, effects of pathogens on ... read more

Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy: Beneficial for Both Mother and Child

July 19, 2016 — In 80 percent of cases, pregnant women who used nicotine patches or the drug Zyban successively quit smoking, a new study has shown. Even after stopping the use of these products, 60 percent of Zyban ... read more

HIV Therapy for Breastfeeding Mothers Can Virtually Eliminate Transmission to Babies

July 18, 2016 — For HIV-infected mothers whose immune system is in good health, taking a three-drug antiretroviral regimen during breastfeeding essentially eliminates HIV transmission by breast milk to their ... read more

Sound Waves May Hold Potential to Treat Twin Pregnancy Complications

July 13, 2016 — High energy sound waves could treat a potentially deadly complication that affects some twin pregnancies, says new ... read more

Umbilical Cord Patch Could Be Method for Fetal Spina Bifida Repair

July 12, 2016 — A patch made from cryopreserved human umbilical cord may be a novel method for treating spina bifida in utero, according to ... read more

Boy Babies at Greater Risk of Pregnancy Complications

July 11, 2016 — Boy babies are much more likely to experience potentially life-threatening outcomes at birth than girls, new research has confirmed. The research investigated data of more than 574,000 South ... read more

The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

July 7, 2016 — Women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to deliver vaginally than those who do not, and show no greater risk of preterm birth, research ... read more

Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Nearly Twice as High as Reported

July 7, 2016 — More women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to research. The study reveals a significant gap between the number of local, pregnant mothers ... read more

Butylparaben Can Have Several Endocrine Disrupting Effects

July 7, 2016 — Research suggests that butylparaben – which is used in cosmetics and skin care products such as sunscreen – have more endocrine disrupting effects than previously thought. Researchers have ... read more

Young and Well Educated Men in Demand as Sperm Donors in Global Life Market

July 7, 2016 — With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a new study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics ... read more

Benefits from Freeze-All Embryo Strategy in Older IVF Patients

July 6, 2016 — Conventional IVF protocols involve the transfer of a fresh embryo to the uterus during the same cycle in which the eggs were collected and freezing extra embryos for future use. A novel approach to ... read more

Maternal Vaccination Against Influenza Associated With Protection for Infants

July 5, 2016 — How long does the protection from a mother's immunization against influenza during pregnancy last for infants after they are born? A new study indicates that the vaccine's efficacy against ... read more

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