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May 3, 2016

Growing Threat of Noncommunicable Diseases to Survival in Pregnancy, Childbirth

May 2, 2016 — Fewer women in low and middle-income countries die due to conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth than 10 years ago. The study from Mexico highlights the risk that noncommunicable diseases ... read more

International Law Fails to Protect Pregnant Women in War Zones, Argue Doctors

Apr. 20, 2016 — Deaths from violent conflict and lack of available care are major causes of mortality among pregnant women in war zones, warn doctors in a new ... read more

Consuming Too Much Fructose During Pregnancy Raises the Child's Risk for Heart Disease

Apr. 20, 2016 — The negative health effects of consuming large amounts of fructose could impact several generations, according to researchers. The study found that when pregnant mice only drink water sweetened with ... read more

Natural Births After Caesarean More Likely If You Call the Midwife

Apr. 20, 2016 — Women who had a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy are much more likely to have a safer vaginal birth if their antenatal care is led by a midwife, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Improve Identification of Women at High Risk of Pre-Eclampsia

Apr. 19, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new tool that will improve how clinicians can identify women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, and who should take Aspirin after 12 weeks of ... read more

BRCA1 Gene Mutation Is Linked to Women Having Fewer Eggs in Their Ovaries

Apr. 19, 2016 — A link between the BRCA1 gene mutation and lower levels of a hormone that is an indicator of the number of eggs left in a woman's ovaries, has been identified by ... read more

UK Labor Ward Staff and Outcomes

Apr. 19, 2016 — Maternal and neonatal intrapartum outcomes in the UK are similar during 'in-hours,' when a senior obstetrician is scheduled to be present on the labor ward, and 'out-of-hours,' ... read more

Bisphenol A in Low Doses Can Affect the Reproductive System, Behavior

Apr. 19, 2016 — If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behavior. These results support previous ... read more

Healthy Diet May Reduce High Blood Pressure Risk After Gestational Diabetes

Apr. 19, 2016 — Sticking to a healthy diet in the years after pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure among women who had pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes, according to a ... read more

Lowered Birth Rates One Reason Why Women Outlive Men

Apr. 18, 2016 — Using unique demographic records on 140,600 reproducing individuals from the Utah Population Database (USA), a research team has come to the conclusion that lowered birth rates are one reason why ... read more

Exposure to Violence During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Prematurity and Low Birthweight

Apr. 18, 2016 — New research focused on evidence from the exposure of day-to-day violence in Brazil by analyzing the birth outcomes of children whose mothers were exposed to local violence, as measured by homicide ... read more

Women With Epilepsy Just as Likely to Get Pregnant as Healthy Women of Childbearing Age

Apr. 16, 2016 — In a prospective study, women with epilepsy had a comparable likelihood of achieving pregnancy, time taken to get pregnant, and pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, compared to a group of healthy ... read more

Using Ultrasound Screening for Fetal Microcephaly

Apr. 14, 2016 — The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement on the use of ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly following Zika virus ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — The concentration of the hormone prolactin in the blood is controlled by dopamine. However, the system can be thrown off balance by certain drugs, especially antipsychotics, which can result in ... read more

Study Estimates Number of Births, Terminations With Down Syndrome in Massachusetts

Apr. 14, 2016 — A multi-institutional research team has estimated for the first time the number of children born with Down syndrome each year in Massachusetts over the past century, along with the numbers of ... read more

Expanding Insurance for Single-Embryo IVF Could Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

Apr. 13, 2016 — Expanding insurance coverage for a type of in vitro fertilization known as elective single-embryo transfer could lead to improved health outcomes and lower health care costs, according to a newly ... read more

Bottle-Fed Babies Born to Obese Mothers Risk Developing Dangerous Liver Disease as Teens

Apr. 13, 2016 — Data presented today demonstrates that healthy maternal Body Mass Index (BMI) and exclusively breastfeeding a child for at least six months can reduce the risk of infants developing non-alcoholic ... read more

First Description of 2015 Zika Virus Outbreak in Rio De Janiero

Apr. 12, 2016 — Since the recent link to severe neurological defects in infants born to mothers infected during pregnancy, Zika virus (ZIKV) has become a public health and research priority. A new study reports ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Single-cell embryos contain a set of maternal and paternal chromosomes, and as the embryo grows, daughter cells receive a copy of each. In a new study, researchers have discovered errors during the ... read more

Children of Older Mothers Do Better

Apr. 12, 2016 — The benefits associated with being born in a later year outweigh the biological risks associated with being born to an older ... read more

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