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February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

Is Preeclampsia a Risk or a Protective Factor in Retinopathy of Prematurity?

Feb. 15, 2017 — Through new study scientists were looking for a way to tease apart the effects of preeclampsia on the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease found in premature ... read more

When Does a Man Say 'I'm the Father'?

Feb. 15, 2017 — American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if ... read more

Pre-Eclampsia Deaths Are Avoidable, Say Researchers

Feb. 10, 2017 — Pregnancy in the UK has never been safer, say scientists. Less than 1 in 10,000 women in the UK die in pregnancy and women who get pre-eclampsia have a less than 1 in 1,000,000 chance of ... read more

How Thailand Eliminated Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Feb. 8, 2017 — Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government ... read more

Physically Demanding Jobs and Shiftwork Linked to Lowered Fertility in Women

Feb. 7, 2017 — A physically demanding job or work schedules outside normal office hours may lower a woman's ability to conceive, suggests ... read more

Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure Weakens Body's Fullness Cues

Feb. 7, 2017 — An expectant mother's exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can raise her offspring's risk of obesity by reducing sensitivity to a hormone responsible for ... read more

Successful Application of Male Contraceptive in Monkeys

Feb. 7, 2017 — Results of a study of Vasalgel (TM) in rhesus macaques have been published. Vasalgel is being developed by a social venture as a non-hormonal, long-acting, potentially reversible male contraceptive. ... read more

Uterine Glands Vital for Embryo Growth, Successful Pregnancies

Feb. 6, 2017 — Scientists and doctors have known for several years that glands within the uterus produce Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF), which is vital for embryo implantation and successful pregnancies. Now, ... read more

Winning the War: How to Persuade Children to Eat More Veggies

Feb. 6, 2017 — An associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health offers parents research-based advice for appealing to children's emotional and behavioral appetites to help them eat the ... read more

One More Reason to Focus on Prenatal Care -- Stronger Muscles for Newborn Babies

Feb. 3, 2017 — Malnutrition and stress negatively affect muscle stem cells in the fetus, and this could have life-long consequences, outlines a new ... read more

Research Supports Expanded Use of Cell Free DNA Prenatal Testing

Feb. 3, 2017 — Non-invasive cell free DNA prenatal testing can be effectively and appropriately offered to all pregnant women, regardless of maternal age or risk factors, through primary obstetrical care providers, ... read more

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Liquorice

Feb. 3, 2017 — A new study supports food recommendations that women should avoid consuming large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy. The limit for safe consumption is not ... read more

Number of Children Emerging as Cardiovascular Risk Factor for Both Parents

Feb. 3, 2017 — The number of children one has is emerging as a novel factor that influences the risk for some cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and in some societies in both parents, according to ... read more

Couples With Obesity May Take Longer to Achieve Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Feb. 3, 2017 — Couples in which both partners are obese may take from 55 to 59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy, compared to their non-obese counterparts, according to a ... read more

Preterm Delivery Linked to Greater Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Later in Life

Feb. 2, 2017 — Women who have delivered prematurely before 37 weeks have a 40 percent increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease when compared to women who delivered their babies after 37 weeks, ... read more

Early Signs of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident in the Brains of Newborns

Feb. 1, 2017 — Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a new ... read more

Researchers Decode Rare Form of Adrenal Gland Genetic Disorder Linked to Gender Ambiguity

Jan. 30, 2017 — A complete clinical and genetic profile of a rare inherited disorder, steroid 11-hydroxylase deficiency, which can cause genital masculinization in females, is being reported by an international ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, is a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily. Severe cases of the disease can result in hundreds of fractures during a ... read more

Jan. 27, 2017 — Biochemical reactions that cause Alzheimer's disease could begin in the womb or just after birth if the fetus or newborn does not get enough vitamin A, according to new research. These new ... read more

For Immigrant Mothers Delivering 'the Talk,' Facts Trump Culture

Jan. 27, 2017 — Where a shift in cultural behaviors and beliefs typically takes three generations, new research has found that among African immigrant mothers, cultural views regarding sex are rarely passed down to ... read more

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