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May 31, 2016

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May 31, 2016

Gaps in Pregnancy Testing Before Surgery in Women of Reproductive Age

May 27, 2016 — New research addresses the importance of discussing potential pregnancy and providing pregnancy testing for women of reproductive age before they undergo surgery, so that harm to mother and baby can ... read more

May 27, 2016 — Creating transgenic mice, while critical to biomedical research, is laborious and expensive, despite improvements since the advent of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. Now, biologists have invented a ... read more

Low to Moderate Risk of Locally Transmitted Cases of Zika in Parts of Europe

May 24, 2016 — ECDC has updated its rapid risk assessment on the Zika epidemic that continues to evolve in the Americas and the ... read more

Low And High-Birthweight Babies Appear at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

May 23, 2016 — Babies born at both low and high birthweights appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by the time they become adolescents, researchers ... read more

World Report on Fertility Treatments Reveals High Use of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

May 21, 2016 — Experts have attacked the rising use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for the treatment of infertility, following publication of the latest world report on assisted reproductive ... read more

Pregnant Mothers May Shield Unborn Young from Damage, Risk Their Own Mortality

May 18, 2016 — Mammals can protect their unborn young from harmful chemicals in their blood even at the expense of their own survival odds, a study into mongooses ... read more

Drug Used for Pain, Anxiety May Be Linked to Birth Defects

May 18, 2016 — A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new ... read more

3-D-Bioprinted Placenta Could Lead to New Treatments for Preeclampsia

May 18, 2016 — Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication involving the placenta that can be serious -- even fatal -- for the mother or fetus. The only effective treatment option is premature delivery. Now for the ... read more

Novel Lab Test May Advance Diagnosis of Rare but Dangerous Pregnancy Condition

May 18, 2016 — A laboratory blood test for the diagnosis of a rare genetic red blood cell disorder also shows promise in identifying HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening high blood pressure condition affecting 1 ... read more

Infertility Risk Posed by Endometriosis May Be Half of Previous Estimation

May 17, 2016 — The infertility risk posed by endometriosis is about half previous estimates and indicates a possible detection bias in earlier studies, according to a new ... read more

Infants Whose Mothers Have Taken SSRI Antidepressants Are More Likely to Have Decreased Birth Weight, Gestational Length

May 17, 2016 — Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has a significant association with lower birth weight and gestational length, research concludes. This was found to be in cases ... read more

Statins May Shield Unborn Babies from Mother's Stress, Study Suggests

May 16, 2016 — Statins could protect the hearts of babies in the womb from the adverse effects of their mother's stress, research suggests. The therapy could lower the chances of babies being born underweight ... read more

High Retention Rate for IUDS Inserted After Vaginal Delivery

May 13, 2016 — Though some studies have suggested intrauterine devices (IUDs) have a tendency to be expelled when inserted immediately following vaginal childbirth, a new study shows that at least 85 percent of ... read more

Prenatal Stress Could Enhance Protective Mechanisms of Babies

May 13, 2016 — Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this ... read more

Scientists Identify Protein Which Could Improve Treatments for Recurrent Miscarriages

May 12, 2016 — Scientists have identified a protein, involved in the development of the human placenta, may also help embryos implant in the womb -- something which could improve treatments for recurrent ... read more

Babies of Mothers With Gestational Diabetes Have More Body Fat, Scans Reveal

May 12, 2016 — Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at two months of age compared to babies born to healthy mothers, says a new study. Scientists used MRI scanning to measure body fat ... read more

Marijuana Use in Pregnancy Is Major Risk for Pre-Term Birth

May 12, 2016 — For the first time, science has shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The results show that once all other major risk factors have been accounted ... read more

Abortion Rates at All-Time Low in Developed Countries but Remain Unchanged in Developing Countries

May 11, 2016 — Abortion rates have declined significantly over the last 25 years in developed countries and are at a historic low. But in developing countries, where many abortions are unsafe, rates have remained ... read more

Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy Is Safe, Study Finds

May 11, 2016 — Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women in the U.S. as the key medical intervention to protect newborn infants from pertussis (whooping cough). ... read more

As Exposure to Chemical Rises, So Does Risk of Ending Breastfeeding Early

May 11, 2016 — In a new study of hundreds of Cincinnati moms, higher levels of exposure to the common industrial chemical PFOA were linked to a greater likelihood of ending breastfeeding by three ... read more

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