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May 27, 2017

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May 27, 2017

Vitamin D Supplements Could Improve Fertility

May 23, 2017 — There is new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D ... read more

Young Women's Gradual Weight Gain Lifts Pregnancy Blood Pressure Danger

May 17, 2017 — Researchers are challenging women to start thinking about pre-pregnancy health sooner, with the finding that years of gradual weight gain more than doubles the risk of hypertensive disorders in ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Vaccinating pregnant mothers year-round against flu in the resource-challenged region of subtropical Nepal reduced infant flu virus infection rates by an average of 30 percent, increased birth ... read more

Folk Contraceptives Lead Researchers to Drugs That Block Fertilization

May 15, 2017 — Most contraceptives include steroid hormones at concentrations that can produce side effects in women. Scientists have now found two non-steroid chemicals that are effective at lower doses, ... read more

Timing of Menopause Onset May Increase Heart Failure Risk in Women

May 15, 2017 — Postmenopausal women who reached menopause at an earlier age or who never gave birth are at a higher risk for heart failure, according to new ... read more

Corticosteroid Treatment Increases Survival of Preterm Infants Within Hours

May 15, 2017 — The effects of corticosteroid treatments on pregnant women facing preterm delivery to prevent infant death and morbidity have been thought to develop gradually over days. However, a new study ... read more

Virus Study Targets Infection Linked to Birth Defects

May 15, 2017 — Fresh insights into how a common virus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread. Scientists have discovered a key molecule linked to Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, ... read more

Outdoor Air Temperature Linked to Risk of Developing Gestational Diabetes

May 15, 2017 — The prevalence of gestational diabetes was 4.6 per cent among women exposed to extremely cold average temperatures (equal to or below -10 C) in the 30-day period prior to being screened for ... read more

Hormone Key to Brain Development in Fruit Flies Identified

May 15, 2017 — Researchers using Drosophila have identified a steroid hormone that triggers a vital transition in early brain development in which neural stem cells properly change gears to produce different kinds ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Preclinical research results in animal models demonstrate favorable outcomes in developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Before leaving the hospital after childbirth, more women are opting to check one thing off their list: birth control. The number of women receiving immediate postpartum IUDs or implants has increased ... read more

Early Epigenetic Switches Associated With Childhood Bone Health

May 10, 2017 — The health of children’s bones could be determined before they are born, a new study has ... read more

Deciphering an Embryo-Protecting Protein

May 10, 2017 — Revelations about a protein expressed in fetal cells could provide novel insights into its function and future immunosuppressive ... read more

Newborn Baby Brain Scans Will Help Scientists Track Brain Development

May 9, 2017 — Scientists have published ground-breaking scans of newborn babies' brains which researchers from all over the world can download and use to study how the human brain ... read more

May 9, 2017 — Mothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their baby and change the infant's risk of later infection, a new study ... read more

Physician Moms Are Often Subject to Workplace Discrimination

May 8, 2017 — Of the nearly 6,000 physician mothers in the survey, nearly 78 percent reported discrimination of any type. Forms of perceived discrimination ranged from disrespect and reduced pay to being ... read more

Fetal Reduction in Multifetal Pregnancies Associated With Better Birth Outcomes

May 8, 2017 — Among twin and triplet pregnancies that were reduced to singleton or twin pregnancies, there was a substantial reduction in complications such as preterm birth and very preterm birth, according to ... read more

Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Death from Traumatic Injury

May 5, 2017 — Studies have found that one in six pregnant women have been abused by a partner -- beaten, stabbed, shot, or even murdered. New research shows the risks to these women may be especially ... read more

Obese Women Less Likely to Suffer from Dangerous Preeclampsia Complications

May 5, 2017 — Despite having higher rates of preeclampsia, a dangerous high-blood pressure disorder of late pregnancy, obese women may be less than half as likely to suffer strokes, seizures, and other serious ... read more

Gene Controls Birth Defect Common in Diabetes

May 5, 2017 — Researchers have identified a gene that plays a key role in the formation of neural tube defects, a problem commonly found in infants of pregnant women with diabetes. This is the first time the gene ... read more

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