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3D printed ovaries let mice deliver healthy babies
A fascinating experiment that combines 3D printing and mice could have implications for women who survived cancer and are dealing with infertility.
May 16, 2017
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3D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring
Bioprosthetic ovaries produced mouse pups in otherwise infertile mice
May 16, 2017
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3D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring
The brave new world of 3-D printed organs now includes implanted ovary structures that, true to their design, actually ovulate, according to a study by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering.
May 16, 2017
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3D Printed Ovaries Produce Healthy Offspring in Mice
Researchers at Northwestern University are dedicated to restoring fertility and hormone production in female cancer survivors.
May 19, 2017
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3D printed scaffolds restore ovary function in infertile mice
In a new study, researchers use 3-D printing to make a porous ovary scaffold and seed it with immature egg-producing cells. they show that infertile mice implanted with the engineered ovary are able to ovulate, mate, and give birth to and nurse healthy pups in the normal way. the study is the first to achieve such a result with the help of 3-D printing, and it shows how using the technology to fine-tune the pore architecture of the scaffold is key to success.
May 16, 2017
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6 in 10 of America's Single Guys 'Take Responsibility' for Contraception
Most rely on condoms, but use of another method has doubled, study finds
August 31, 2017
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A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?
Monkey study shows injected gel may one day be alternative to traditional vasectomy
February 7, 2017
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A smartphone app approved as a method of contraception
A new smartphone app called Natural Cycles has been formally approved as a method of contraception in the European Union.
August 8, 2017
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Activating bitter taste receptors can stop unwanted contractions that occur during preterm labor
This could be good news for those trying to prevent preterm labor: New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that exposing bitter taste receptors in the uterus to certain substances can stop many unwanted contractions that occur during premature labor.
June 8, 2017
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Adolescent female offspring could be rescued from negative effects of poor maternal diet during pregnancy
Here's some good news if you are female: Research published online in the FASEB Journal, shows that in mice, what is eaten during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behavior and learning, and can even "rescue" females from the negative effects on behavior resulting from a poor maternal diet during pregnancy.
February 24, 2017
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Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring
Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing Diabetes as adults, according to a new study.
April 3, 2017
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America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever
Average age of new fathers has risen to 31, study finds
August 30, 2017
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Analysis looks at use of multiple substances in reproductive-age women who use opioids
The majority of reproductive-age and pregnant women who use opioids for non-medical purposes also use at least one other substance, ranging from nicotine or alcohol to cocaine, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis. It was the first to look at use of multiple substances in a nationally representative group of U.S. women age 18 to 44.
June 30, 2017
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Androgens more important for ovarian development, study suggests
Scientists have discovered that the male "androgen" hormone is an important element in the ovarian development of female chicken embryos, more so than in the development of male testes.
March 23, 2017
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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Safe for Baby
It finds newborns aren't more likely to be irritable, hard to feed or sleepless
June 7, 2017
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Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy
No higher rates of complications seen in babies when mom took these meds after 22 weeks of pregnancy
March 1, 2017
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Artificial Womb Improves Survival and Health of Premature Lambs
Extreme premature infants are babies that are born before 28 weeks of gestation. Recent technological advances have ensured that these children have improved survival rates; however, babies born around 22-23 weeks of gestation typically have higher rates of chronic lung disease and other complications due to immaturity of their organs. Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have now published a study in Nature Communications that describes a system that closely reproduces the environment of the womb.
May 1, 2017
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Artificial womb may provide avenue to improve outcomes for extremely preterm infants
An artificial womb has been successfully used to incubate healthy baby lambs for a period of one week, and researchers hope the technology will one day be able to do the same for extremely premature babies.
August 17, 2017
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Aspirin a Day to Keep Pregnancy Problems Away?
Odds of preeclampsia dropped 62 percent for high-risk women who took a daily pill, study finds
June 28, 2017
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Aspirin may help increase pregnancy chances in women with high inflammation, NIH study finds
A daily low dose of aspirin may help a subgroup of women, those who have previously lost a pregnancy, to successfully conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. the women who benefited from the aspirin treatment had high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a substance in the blood indicating system-wide inflammation, which aspirin is thought to counteract. the study appears in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
February 7, 2017
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At-Home Fertility Test Turns your Smartphone Into World's Squirmiest Sea-Monkey Tank
It's one thing to hear about Michael Phelps winning a gold medal. it's quite another to actually see him do it.
January 30, 2017
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Banned flame retardants pass from mothers to infants through umbilical cord blood
Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the U.S. for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new Indiana University research. The chemicals are linked to health concerns including hormone disruption and low birth weight.
June 29, 2017
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Being overweight or obese during pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study finds
The authors of the research say their findings "underline the importance of having a maternal BMI in the normal range before pregnancy" and that efforts should be made to encourage women of reproductive age to adopt a healthy lifestyle and obtain a normal body weight before conception.
June 15, 2017
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Best apps to track your fertility
Trying to put a bun in the oven? These ovulation and period trackers can help make that happen.
May 1, 2017
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BioCapt Single-Use Microbial Impactor helps minimize false positives, eliminate costly sterilization steps
The BioCapt® Single-Use Microbial Impactor, designed by and offered exclusively through Particle Measuring Systems, helps minimize false positives for microbial activity in pharmaceutical cleanrooms by reducing contamination from handling of microbial plates.
March 15, 2017
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Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika
CDC report also says too few babies are tested for the virus
April 4, 2017
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Black light helps determine disease extent of melasma in pregnant women
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that using a black light, or Wood's light, helps dermatologists determine disease extent of melasma, a hyperpigmentation condition that causes brown and gray patches to appear on the face.
July 17, 2017
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Boys via Fertility Treatment May Have Weak Sperm
Procedure that injects sperm into egg was linked with lower quantity and quality of offspring's sperm
October 7, 2016
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Breakthrough: Scientists create mouse embryo
Because stem cells have the ability to transform into many different types of cells during the body's early development, embryonic stem cell research offers unique insights into how an organism grows from a single cell. for the first time, scientists have now been able to create a mouse embryo entirely artificially.
March 3, 2017
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Breast-feeding mothers at lower risk of heart disease, stroke
It is not only babies who benefit from breast-feeding; a new study finds that the practice may lower a mother's risk of heart disease and stroke.
June 22, 2017
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C-Section Raises Risk of Postpartum Blood Clots
Chances highest among those getting emergency cesareans
October 4, 2016
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Can outdoor temperatures influence gestational diabetes?
Gestational Diabetes is a birth complication affecting millions of women worldwide. new research examines the link between air temperature and the risk of developing this condition.
May 15, 2017
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Cancer: Existing drug may prevent treatment-induced infertility
For premenopausal women undergoing cancer treatment, one of the most distressing complications can be infertility. A new study describes how a class of drugs once investigated as a cancer treatment may have the potential to prevent female infertility caused by radiotherapy.
September 4, 2017
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CDC warns against eating placenta--in case you needed another reason
Oregon mom's organ pills packed with infectious bacteria, which spread to the baby.
June 30, 2017
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Cesarean patients prescribed more opioid pain medications than needed, study shows
Most women who undergo a cesarean childbirth are prescribed more opioid (narcotic) pain medications than needed upon release from the hospital, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study shows.
June 9, 2017
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Common screening tests unsuitable for predicting preterm births
Preterm birth causes a significant number of infant deaths both in the United States and worldwide. a new study investigates the accuracy of two methods for predicting preterm birth in first-time mothers.
March 14, 2017
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Common tests for preterm birth not useful for routine screening of first-time pregnancies
Two methods thought to hold promise in predicting preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies identified only a small proportion of cases and do not appear suitable for widespread screening, according to a large study by a National Institutes of Health research network.
March 14, 2017
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Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus
Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough
November 1, 2016
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Concerns about weight gain may affect contraception choices
Concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely than normal-weight women to use the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods.
November 17, 2016
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Cost-effective modified natural cycle IVF offers hope to young couples with fewer financial resources
Researchers at University of Southern California (USC) Fertility at Keck Medicine of USC have determined that modified natural cycle in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a more cost-effective fertility method than controlled ovarian stimulation and traditional IVF.
October 19, 2016
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Could sleep disorders raise the risk of preterm birth?
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that women who are diagnosed with sleep disorders during pregnancy, including insomnia and sleep apnea, are at a greater risk of preterm delivery.
August 14, 2017
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Could vitamin B-3 be the answer to miscarriages and birth defects?
A new study that claims to be groundbreaking in its field has identified a major cause of miscarriages and many congenital malformations, and it says that the means to prevent these could be within everyone's reach: vitamin B-3.
August 11, 2017
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Couples with obesity may take longer to achieve pregnancy, NIH study suggests
Couples in which both partners are obese may take from 55 to 59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy, compared to their normal weight counterparts, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. the findings appear online in Human Reproduction.
February 3, 2017
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Daily consumption of dairy products during pregnancy reduces risk of having low birth weight babies
A study led by the University of Granada (UGR) has linked the consumption of dairy products (milk, fresh cheese, yogurt or cottage cheese) during pregnancy with a lower risk of having a low birth weight newborn. the research, published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, suggests that for every increase of 100 grams in the daily consumption of dairy products, the risk of small-for-gestational-age infants is reduced by 11 percent.
March 9, 2017
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Daylight Savings Time May Affect IVF Success
Rates of miscarriage higher for those with a previous miscarriage
February 10, 2017
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Diamond publishes milestone paper that reveals discovery of genetic triggers behind birth defects
Researchers at the UK's national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, have just published the 5000th scientific paper using data from the facility. this milestone marks a significant step for the synchrotron that is used by over 8,000 scientists each year.
October 7, 2016
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Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?
Those who give birth at age 25 or older more likely to live to 90, study suggests
November 17, 2016
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Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, NIH study suggests
Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a strchers at the National Institutes of Health. Childhood obesity is known to increase the risk for certain health problems later in life, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. The study appears online in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
June 6, 2017
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Drinking in pregnancy: Excess transcription factor Heat Shock Factor 1 can delay embryonic neural migration
Finding in preclinical model raises questions about neural risks for infants when pregnant mothers drink
May 2, 2017
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Drug may curb female infertility from cancer treatments
An existing drug may one day protect premenopausal women from life-altering infertility that commonly follows cancer treatments, according to a new study.
September 1, 2017
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Misc. - E

Early menopause: What you need to know
Menstruation is the process by which a woman ovulates or releases an egg ready for fertilized by a sperm. As a woman ages, she ceases menstruation by no longer producing hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, necessary to ovulate. This is known as menopause.
May 31, 2017
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Early period may indicate risk of Diabetes during pregnancy
Gestational Diabetes affects a significant number of mothers. It is not yet known what causes the disease, but new research suggests that the age at which a woman experienced her first period may play a role.
March 6, 2017
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Eclampsia: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Eclampsia is a serious medical condition that affects women during pregnancy. While symptoms often appear during pregnancy as a condition known as preeclampsia, the condition can go undetected until it develops into eclampsia. this can create additional complications during pregnancy.
March 9, 2017
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Editing preferences of enzymes may play role in infertility and cancer
To "turn off" particular regions of genes or protect them from damage, DNA strands can wrap around small proteins, called histones, keeping out all but the most specialized molecular machinery. Now, new research shows how an enzyme called KDM4B "reads" one and "erases" another so-called epigenetic mark on a single histone protein during the generation of sex cells in mice. the researchers say the finding may one day shed light on some cases of infertility and cancer.
November 28, 2016
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Enzyme's 'editing' preferences have implications for infertility, cancer
To "turn off" particular regions of genes or protect them from damage, DNA strands can wrap around small proteins, called histones, keeping out all but the most specialized molecular machinery. Now, new research shows how an enzyme called KDM4B "reads" one and "erases" another so-called epigenetic mark on a single histone protein during the generation of sex cells in mice. the researchers say the finding may one day shed light on some cases of infertility and cancer.
November 28, 2016
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Even 'healthy' weight gain raises pregnancy Diabetes risk
Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Women gaining more than 2.5 percent of their body weight each year tripled their risk of gestational Diabetes compared to women who maintained a stable weight. this risk doubled for women with a small weight gain (1.5 to 2.5 percent). Even women with small weight gains within the healthy BMI range doubled their risk of gestational diabetes.
April 4, 2017
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Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain and Complication Risk
Study found no benefit, suggesting that obesity's effects on a pregnancy may begin before conception
January 27, 2017
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Experts continue to recommend that all pregnant women receive a flu shot
The president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a statement recommending that all pregnant women receive a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy.
September 26, 2017
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Exposure to antimicrobials during development may cause irreversible outcomes
Exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism, new research shows.
August 9, 2017
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Extreme heat exposure may have adverse effects on pregnant women and their babies
Pregnant women are an important but thus far largely overlooked group vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat linked to climate change, according to new research by Sabrina McCormick, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
August 8, 2017
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Extreme temperatures could increase preterm birth risk
NIH researchers find more preterm births among women exposed to extremes of hot and cold.
August 31, 2016
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Face recognition abilities apparent in fetuses
Recent research into foetal behaviour using 4D ultrasound technology indicates that a fetus in the third trimester can recognise and respond to face-like shapes.
June 9, 2017
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Facts about sperm health and lifespan
Sperm cells cannot survive for long once they are exposed to the air outside of the body.
October 12, 2017
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Fat Near Heart a Hazard for Postmenopausal Women
Study ties 'paracardial' fat to raised risk of hardening of the arteries
January 31, 2017
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FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control
A drawback to one form is that it isn't effective until 3 months after placement
November 18, 2016
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FDA Warns Fertility Doc: Stop Advertising Service That Creates '3-Parent' Baby
Last year, you may have heard of an impressive medical accomplishment, where the gametes of three people were combined to make one healthy baby. The doctor behind that procedure has now been warned by the Food and Drug Administration for advertising the still-unapproved procedure.
August 7, 2017
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Female mouse embryos actively remove male reproductive systems
NIH researchers reveal novel insights into how sex-specific reproductive systems arise
August 17, 2017
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Fertility treatment failure may harm women's heart health
Researchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy - treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies - were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful.
March 13, 2017
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Fertility Treatments, Older Moms and Birth Defects
In vitro fertilization cut the rate in half for women over 40, study finds
October 17, 2016
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Fertility: Out of gas and low on sperm?
Genetic key to self-renewal of reproductive cells uncovered
December 27, 2016
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Fetal genomic sequencing could enhance detection rate of genetic findings, study shows
In a study to be presented Thursday, Jan. 26, in the oral plenary session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Columbia University Medical Center in New York found that, in preliminary data, fetal genomic (whole exome) sequencing (WES) as a diagnostic test for women with pregnancies complicated by major fetal congenital anomalies increased the detection rate of genetic findings by between 10 to 30 percent.
January 23, 2017
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Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, study finds
Researchers at the University of Helsinki, in cooperation with two research groups in the United States, have discovered that some Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, also known as toxemia of pregnancy.
July 3, 2017
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Fitbit Alta HR review: Everything I need
The Fitbit Alta HR isn't much of an upgrade over the original, but at $150, it's a pretty great fitness tracker.
April 11, 2017
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Folic Acid Reaffirmed to Curb Birth Defects
Women of childbearing age should take 400 to 800 micrograms daily, task force recommends
January 10, 2017
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Follistatin plays key role in embryo implantation
Looking to improve the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine investigated in more detail the mechanism involved in successful embryo implantation, an essential component of female fertility. They discovered that the protein follistatin plays a key role in establishing receptivity of the uterus to embryo implantation in an animal model.
June 2, 2017
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Freezing of IVF embryos more likely to increase pregnancy rates, study finds
A delay in transferring embryos to the mother improves the success of in vitro fertilization in certain cases, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Celmatix Inc. and several other institutions.
August 1, 2017
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Gut bacteria could protect cancer patients and pregnant women from Listeria
Researchers have discovered that bacteria living in the gut provide a first line of defense against severe Listeria infections. The study suggests that providing these bacteria in the form of probiotics could protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to Listeria, including pregnant women and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
June 6, 2017
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Ghanaian women with infertility more likely to experience relationship breakdown, research shows
Infertility is taking its toll on relationships in Ghana.
March 7, 2017
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Glucose supplementation shortens total length of induced labor, study finds
A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds that simple glucose supplementation reduces length of induced labor. the study (currently available online as an Article in Press, in advance of the May issue of the Journal), was initally presented two weeks ago at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting.
February 13, 2017
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Gore VIABAHN VBX Balloon Expandable Stent Graft First to Get FDA Approval for Iliac Arteries
Gore won FDA approval for its VIABAHN VBX endoprosthesis to be used in the iliac arteries, making it the only balloon expandable stent graft having such an indication. It can be used on new or restenotic lesions within the iliac, including at the aortic bifurcation. Previously, vascular surgeons were only able to do such procedures off-label, utilizing devices really developed for other applications.
February 3, 2017
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Having Baby Too Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks
A suitable interval, plus proper nutrition, key to ensuring healthy mom and baby, study finds
October 19, 2016
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High fluoride levels in pregnancy may lower offspring IQ
Drinking water and brushing our teeth are daily activities that we tend to do without thinking. But for expectant mothers, these seemingly harmless actions could have unintended consequences for offspring.
September 14, 2017
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Higher Birth Defect Risk if Mom is Obese
Women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant face an elevated risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, new Swedish research warns.
June 15, 2017
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Higher EPA and DHA omega-3 levels linked to lower risk of death in postmenopausal women
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that higher levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in red blood cells were associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality in postmenopausal women. the study specifically examined associations with the omega-3 index, a measure of EPA and DHA levels in red blood cells. Over a 15-year period, the research found that women ages 65 to 80 with omega-3 blood levels in the highest quartile were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause than those in the lowest quartile.
February 21, 2017
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Higher rate of IV fluids decreases number of c-sections, shortens overall length of labor
Labor is an intensely strenuous activity, with the uterine muscle contracting every few minutes to reposition a baby through the pelvis and down the birth canal. Even low levels of dehydration can seriously compromise normal physiological function, yet recent studies looking at hydration in laboring women via the rates of intravenous (IV) fluid showed conflicting results.
March 15, 2017
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Home Birth Safe for Some, But not All, Women
Certain factors make home delivery too chancy, pregnancy experts say
April 21, 2017
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Hormone levels in hair can predict chances of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF treatment
Levels of a hormone when measured in hair can significantly predict the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, scientists at the University of Nottingham have revealed.
October 18, 2016
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How and when to take a pregnancy test
Pregnancy tests help women to determine if they are pregnant. These tests work by picking up on markers in urine or blood that indicate pregnancy.
March 19, 2017
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How do babies breathe in the womb?
Developing babies need oxygen beginning early in pregnancy. But a baby won't take their first breath until after birth. This means that babies don't truly breathe in the womb. Instead, the umbilical cord provides the baby with oxygen until the first breath.
August 18, 2017
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Identifying early markers of cardiac dysfunction in pregnancy
Study looks at women with and without preeclampsia
January 23, 2017
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Immigration fears among Latina mothers linked to lower birth weight babies
With deportation and discrimination fears currently on the minds of many in the United States, a University of Michigan study shows that the stress from an historic immigration raid is associated with Latina mothers delivering babies with lower birth weights, and sometimes early.
January 24, 2017
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In a first, mouse eggs grown from skin cells
Lab technique re-creating ovary conditions in a dish needs refinement
October 17, 2016
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In utero conditions can affect a teen's brain development
Factors such as placement in the womb and access to nutrition impact cortical structure
January 24, 2017
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Increase in male partner's age associated with decline in cumulative live birth rate, study finds
A new study of IVF couples, conducted in the USA, finds the effects of the age of male partners in cumulative live birth outcomes. The results clearly state that there can be a significant reduction in the chances of live births owing to the increased age of the male partner, also seen with certain younger female age groups whose age has less potency on the effects.
July 3, 2017
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Increased fFN testing could help provide better care for women with symptoms of preterm labor
A new study found that women with symptoms of preterm labor who were discharged from the hospital without a fetal fibronectin (fFN) test were more likely to deliver their baby prematurely within three days compared to women who were discharged with an fFN test, Hologic, Inc. announced today.
October 6, 2017
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Infertility: Century-old procedure offers new hope
A new study demonstrates that an old medical imaging procedure might significantly increase an infertile couple's chance of conceiving. The findings are likely to spark big changes in the way that infertility is approached.
May 19, 2017
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Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?
Evidence isn't yet clear, but a new review says there's a slight chance of possible harm
September 12, 2017
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Is fertility preservation right for children with differences of sex development?
Children with differences of sex development (DSD) are born with reproductive organs that are not typically male or female. They may face infertility from abnormal development of testes or ovaries, and in some patients these organs are surgically removed to prevent an increased risk of germ cell cancer. With advancing techniques, however, children with DSD may be able to preserve their fertility for the future.
June 5, 2017
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Is it safe to use Metformin during pregnancy?
Metformin is a commonly used drug for managing type 2 diabetes. It is considered an effective treatment option for many people with diabetes, but is it safe for pregnant women?
May 12, 2017
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IVF Specialists Visualize Embryos in 5K Ultra-HD Video Using RED Camera
This week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, doctors got a chance to check out the first 5K ultra-HD video of eggs, sperm, and embryos.
October 20, 2016
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Just a little alcohol during pregnancy may alter baby's facial features
A new study affirms that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, after finding that even the occasional drink can affect a baby's facial development.
June 9, 2017
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KU Leuven researchers identify vital role of TET1 protein in earliest stages of embryonic development
In the earliest stages of embryonic development, a protein known as TET1 may be the factor that tips the balance toward health or disease. The first evidence for this vital role of TET1 is presented in Nature Genetics by researchers from KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. They found that TET1 is necessary to prevent congenital defects such as spina bifida as well as mental retardation and cancer later in life.
May 18, 2017
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Lab-on-a-chip designed to predict woman's risk of preterm birth
In the United States alone, a half million babies are born preterm; worldwide, the number is an estimated 15 million. Complications associated with preterm birth are the no. 1 cause of death for children under 5, and those who live often face a range of health problems.
April 13, 2017
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Lack of Stem Cells: Key to Repeat Miscarriages?
Potential clues to recurrent loss might found in lining of uterus, researchers say
March 8, 2016
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Link found between fetal genes and risk of preeclampsia in mother
For the first time, a relationship has been found between fetal genes and the risk of preeclampsia in the mother.
August 31, 2017
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'Love hormone' from insects could be used as drug lead to prevent uterine contractility in preterm labour
In a recent study published in "Scientific Reports", an international team of researchers led by MedUni Vienna report that an oxytocin-like neuropeptide ("inotocin") exhibited a specific pharmacological profile for the human receptors of oxytocin (known as the "love hormone") and vasopressin. at the same time, the researchers were able to show that a synthetic analogue of inotocin serves as a molecular tool for the fundamental understanding of biochemical signalling processes of oxytocin and vasopressin receptors and could possibly be used as drug lead molecule to develop pharmaceuticals for inhibiting preterm labour, for example.
February 1, 2017
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Male Birth Control Shot Promising, But Work Needed
Injections as effective as other contraceptives, but side effects prompted early halt of trial
October 27, 2016
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Many young cancer patients do not receive adequate fertility information and support
All cancer patients of reproductive age should be provided with fertility information and referrals for fertility preservation, researchers urge.
August 21, 2017
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Many young cancer patients do not receive oncofertilty related services, new analysis finds
All cancer patients of reproductive age should be provided with fertility information and referrals for fertility preservation. A new Psycho-Oncology analysis of the published literature indicates that many cancer patients are not receiving such support, however.
August 21, 2017
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Marijuana use among pregnant women linked to low birth weight infants
In a new study, researchers in London, Ontario found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight than women who did not use marijuana.
April 27, 2017
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Maternal consumption of alcohol could produce transgenerational effects
Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in newborns.
July 7, 2017
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Maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy linked to obesity in children
Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Childhood obesity is known to increase the risk for certain health problems later in life, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
June 6, 2017
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Maternal infections during pregnancy may alter genes key to prenatal brain development
If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection - but this self-defence mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.
March 21, 2017
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Maternal stress during pregnancy could lead to premature biological ageing in offspring
The stress that some mothers experience during their pregnancies could influence the genetic makeup their babies are born with and, eventually, lead to premature biological ageing and associated age-related diseases. this is according to lead authors Tabea Send and Stephanie Witt of the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg in Germany. the study is published in in Springer Nature's journal Neuropsychopharmacology and focuses on a person's DNA sequences called telomeres, which are essential for cellular replication.
April 11, 2017
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Maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase allergy risk in offspring
Findings from the 'Children of the 90s' released this week suggest that a high maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of the child developing allergies. There was a strong positive association between intake of free sugars during pregnancy and the development of allergy and allergic asthma in offspring.
July 7, 2017
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Maternal sugar intake linked to allergic asthma in offspring
New research finds links between a mother's consumption of sugars during pregnancy and the risk of her offspring developing asthma.
July 7, 2017
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Medicaid proves a lifeline for clients of crisis pregnancy centers
When Taylor Merendo moved to Bloomington, Ind., nearly two years ago, fleeing an abusive marriage, she needed help.
July 27, 2017
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Medication-assisted treatment reduces negative health outcomes for pregnant women with OUD
Medication for addiction treatment with buprenorphine or methadone is an appropriate and accepted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD), according to a research review and update in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
April 17, 2017
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Mice study reveals how natural killer cells in the placenta can cause miscarriages
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified how natural killer cells in the mouse placenta can cause a fetus to fail to grow in the womb or cause miscarriages.
August 9, 2017
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Microscopy Technique Produces High Res 3D Scans of Live Embryos
When imaging histology samples using a microscope at high resolution, 3D scans are often acquired by shining a flat beam of light through the target volume. While this has allowed for a multitude of discoveries, the technique still suffers greatly from the light scattering through the sample and washing out the sharpness of the image. This is most noticeable in thicker specimens that require light to travel through a lot of material.
August 9, 2017
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Millions Have Condition that can Cause Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease often caused by sexually transmitted infections, CDC experts say
February 3, 2017
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Miscarriage risk may be higher with use of common antibiotics
A new study suggests that guidelines for antibiotic use during early pregnancy might need to be reviewed, after finding that some common classes of the drug could double the risk of miscarriage.
May 1, 2017
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Mobile phone use while pregnant not linked to child neurodevelopment problems, study suggests
Mobile phone use during pregnancy is unlikely to have any adverse effects on child neurodevelopment, according to new research. These findings provide further evidence that exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields associated with maternal use of mobile phones during pregnancy is not linked to neurodevelopment in children.
September 5, 2017
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Mom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal Brain
Devices' electromagnetic fields aren't linked to problems with language or motor skills in study
September 5, 2017
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More Depressed Pregnant Women Smoking
More than 1 in 3 smoke, compared to 1 in 10 who aren't depressed, U.S. survey finds
August 14, 2017
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Most Relationships Survive Struggles With Infertility
Study finds couples who seek in vitro fertilization are not at added risk of divorce
July 7, 2017
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Mother's diet during pregnancy could affect brain reward circuitry of children
Researchers in France found that rats who ate a junk food diet during pregnancy had heavier pups that strongly preferred the taste of fat straight after weaning. While a balanced diet in childhood seemed to reduce the pups' desire for fat, they nevertheless showed altered brain reward circuitry into adulthood.
September 25, 2017
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Mothers with history of mental health disorders feel less ready for discharge from NICU, research shows
Each year, more than 450,000 babies are born preterm in the U.S., many of whom spend days, weeks or even months in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). the mothers of these infants are at increased risk for maternal mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress, which could impact their transition home to care for their infant.
March 28, 2017
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Mouse eggs made from skin cells could lead to new fertility treatments for humans
An exciting step forward with several big limitations
October 17, 2016
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Mouse sperm survive space to spawn
If humans ever embark on long-term space flights, we'll need a way to reproduce. One potential hurdle (beyond the logistical challenges of microgravity) is the high amount of solar radiation in space -- it's 100 times more powerful on the International Space Station than on Earth. Those doses might cause damaging genetic mutations in banked eggs and sperm.
May 22, 2017
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Multiple births linked to improved stroke recovery
The results of a new study have shown that while female mice that give birth multiple times have an increased risk of stroke, they also recover better following stroke than mice that have never been pregnant.
June 29, 2017
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Nearly Half of the World's Abortions Are Unsafe
Worst conditions found in Africa, Asia and Latin America, WHO researchers say
September 28, 2017
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Negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes
Researchers unravel the negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes, such as weight, gestation and abnormalities
August 29, 2017
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New explanation found for age-related female infertility
Infertility affects millions of couples in the United States, and age is one of the main factors that influence a person's ability to procreate. new research examines the genetic basis for age-related infertility in women and finds a potential new explanation for it.
April 3, 2017
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New Finnish study confirms harmful effects of maternal licorice consumption during pregnancy
A new Finnish study supports food recommendations for families with children in that women should avoid consuming large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy. the limit for safe consumption is not known.
February 3, 2017
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New imaging technique can help assess quality of early-stage embryos
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), led by the University of Adelaide, have successfully developed an advanced new imaging technique, which can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos.
August 29, 2017
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New lab-on-a chip predicts preterm birth risk
Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Among the many underlying causes of pregnancy-associated complications, it is known that infection and inflammation are highly significant risk factors. Now, researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging Bioengineerng have developed a system to capture and identify a scarce blood peptide (a fragment of an inflammatory protein) called P1 that can predict increased risk of preterm birth.
June 29, 2017
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New research finds increase in smoking rates among pregnant women with depression
Smoking is increasing among pregnant women with depression in the United States, according to new research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York. Smoking rates for pregnant women with depression climbed 2.5 percent from 2002 to 2014, in contrast to a decrease among other groups.
August 8, 2017
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New research now shows how molecular motors are transported into cilia
Molecular motors produce the force that powers the beat of sperm cell tails to generate movement toward the egg cell for fertilization. new research now shows how the molecular motors that power the movement of sperm cells are recognized and specifically transported into the tail region of the cell. this knowledge can pave the way for a better understanding of disease causing mutations causing sterility.
March 27, 2017
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New research reveals European women's attitudes towards sexual behaviours, emergency contraceptive pill
New research released on International Women's Day, reveals more than three in four European women (77%) are aware of the morning after pill as an option for managing the risk of an unplanned pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
March 8, 2016
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New SFU research could revolutionize IVF success rates
Over the past three years, Canadian women desperate to conceive a child endured more than 82,000 attempts to become impregnated using in vitro fertilization (IVF), a reproductive technique that fertilizes a woman's eggs outside of her body.
December 6, 2016
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New study establishes link between prenatal stress and onset of eating disorders
Stress affects the body and can trigger illness -- from psychiatric disorders to heart disease. Humans are exposed to stress at different intensities throughout life -- as children, in adolescence, and in old age. But when is the impact of stress on our systems most powerful? Many researchers maintain that the critical effect occurs prenatally, inside the womb.
June 1, 2017
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Newborn baby's infection offers a cautionary tale about placenta pills
When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time searching for good information about how to keep both my baby and myself healthy after birth. Googling "placenta" and "eat," I got a list of stories that reached nearly opposite conclusions about the practice.
July 28, 2017
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NIH-funded mouse study sheds light on neural risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure
Prenatal exposure to even low doses of alcohol may lead to severe and highly variable deficits in the brain of a fetus, according to a new study conducted in mice. Researchers report that the unpredictable nature of the deficits may be due to inconsistencies in how fetal brain cells activate a protective response to alcohol and other harmful compounds.
July 19, 2017
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NIH researchers show how investigational drug works against rare, fatal genetic disease
Scientists have demonstrated how an investigational drug works against a rare, fatal genetic disease, Niemann-Pick type C1 (NPC1). They found that a closely related compound will activate an enzyme, AMPK, triggering a cellular "recycling" system that helps reduce elevated cholesterol and other accumulated fats in the brains and livers of NPC1 patients, which are hallmarks associated with severe neurological problems. The research was led by scientists at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their colleagues.
July 17, 2017
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NIH researchers unravel how male, female mouse embryos acquire sex-specific reproductive systems
A protein called COUP-TFII determines whether a mouse embryo develops a male reproductive tract, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. The discovery, which appeared August 18 in the journal Science, changes the long-standing belief that an embryo will automatically become female unless androgens, or male hormones, in the embryo make it male.
August 17, 2017
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Non-mutant mice sired from space sperm boost hope of cosmic human conception
DNA damage from radiation may not be a barrier to future interstellar IVF.
May 24, 2017
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Novel evidence-based tool provides guidance for women on elective egg freezing
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted the experimental status for egg freezing in October 2012, and since then the popularity of elective egg freezing has been on the rise. Although primarily intended for women whose fertility may be in jeopardy due to treatment for cancer or other illnesses, egg freezing has become an attractive option for women who are electively delaying childbearing for a variety of reasons.
February 7, 2017
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Novel mussel-inspired glue could one day save lives of youngest patients
Whether to perform surgery on a fetus is a heart-wrenching decision. This type of surgery involves penetrating the highly delicate amniotic sac, increasing health risks to the fetus. Now researchers report the development of a glue, inspired by the tenacious grip of mussels on slippery rocks, that could one day help save the lives of the youngest patients.
August 21, 2017
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NSF awards grant to advance new diagnostic test for fatal gastrointestinal disease in pre-term infants
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen an LSU Health new Orleans team that developed a test for the early detection of a potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal disease affecting pre-term, low birthweight babies to receive expert guidance to move the technology forward. NSF awarded LSU Health new Orleans a $50,000 grant so the LSU Health new Orleans researchers led by Sunyoung Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health new Orleans School of Medicine, can participate in the national NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program in January 2017.
December 1, 2016
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Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive
His weight appears to affect pregnancy success, too, study finds
February 3, 2017
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Older wombs have more trouble in adapting to pregnancy
Deciding to start a family later in life could be about more than just the age of your eggs. A new study in mice suggests the age of a mother's womb may also have a part to play. This work, led by Dr Myriam Hemberger at the Babraham Institute and the Centre for Trophoblast Research in Cambridge, UK, is one of the first to look at the effects of age on womb health and it is expected to lead to new research into human pregnancies.
September 5, 2017
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One more reason to focus on prenatal care -- Stronger muscles for newborn babies
Malnutrition and stress negatively affect muscle stem cells in the fetus, and this could have life-long consequences, outlines a new report.
February 3, 2017
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Out-Of-Order Birth Control Pills Not Great At Preventing Pregnancy, Prompt Recall
As anyone who's ever used an oral contraceptive knows, it's important to take the pills in the right order, because each dose is different: Some pills contain hormones and some are inert and don't do anything. Mixing those up could mean the difference between remaining unpregnant and getting pregnant. To prevent the latter, the maker of one birth control product is recalling pills that are packaged incorrectly.
June 1, 2017
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Paternal diet affects cognitive skills of offspring, mice study shows
The father's lifestyle affects the cognitive skills of his offspring -- at least in mice. Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) have now shown that if male rodents are fed a diet rich in folic acid, methionine and vitamin B12, their progeny do not perform well in memory tests.
April 4, 2017
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Phthalate levels in expectant fathers influence sperm epigenetics, study suggests
Early results from a larger, ongoing study led by environmental health scientist Richard Pilsner at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that phthalate levels in expectant fathers have an effect on couples' reproductive success via epigenetic modifications of sperm DNA.
September 12, 2017
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Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby
Spanish researchers have clarified doubts over the physical activity recommended during pregnancy. Their work highlights how exercise should be taken not only by healthy, previously active women, but that it is also a good time to adopt a healthy lifestyle. There are clear advantages for both the mother and baby.
September 4, 2017
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Placenta-on-a-chip device mimics microenvironment of malaria in the womb to develop treatments
Malaria, one of the most severe public health problems, affected 212 million people worldwide in 2015. This life-threatening disease is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Though malaria usually cannot be transmitted from mother to baby in utero, both might be affected because malaria-infected red blood cells adhere to blood vessels in the placenta, resulting in about 10,000 maternal and 200,000 newborn deaths annually.
August 29, 2017
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Placenta-on-a-chip: Microsensor simulates malaria in the womb to develop treatments
By combining microbiology with engineering technologies, researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind 3D model that uses a single microfluidic sensing chip to study the complicated processes that take place in malaria-infected placenta as well as other placenta-related diseases and pathologies. The chip will mimic the microenvironment of placental malaria, specifically the maternal-fetal interface.
August 29, 2017
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Placenta-on-a-chip: Microsensor simulates malaria in the womb to develop treatments
Malaria, one of the most severe public health problems, affected 212 million people worldwide in 2015. This life-threatening disease is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
August 29, 2017
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Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur
Mood disorder seen in 1 in 200 new moms with no psychiatric history
September 26, 2017
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Preeclampsia: Genetic study finds links to babies' DNA
A large international genetic study of hundreds of thousands of children reveals for the first time that the risk of preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition that can arise during pregnancy, is linked to babies' DNA.
June 19, 2017
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Pregnancy after 35: What are the risks?
The trend toward older parenthood looks set to continue, with more women in their 30s having babies now than women in their 20s. Are there more risks involved with pregnancy and birth as maternal age rises? We check out the most recent evidence.
June 9, 2017
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Pregnancy diet high in refined grains could increase child obesity risk by age 7, NIH study suggests
Children born to women with gestational diabetes whose diet included high proportions of refined grains may have a higher risk of obesity by age 7, compared to children born to women with gestational diabetes who ate low proportions of refined grains, according to results from a National Institutes of Health study. These findings, which appear online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, were part of the Diabetes & Women's Health Study, a research project led by NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
June 7, 2017
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Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women
But absolute risk is very small; researchers not sure of reasons why
October 22, 2016
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Pregnancy Problems More Likely with Baby Boys?
Gender-related differences seem to start before birth
July 29, 2016
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Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy week by week presents you brief information on physiological changes in your body during the nine months of pregnancy, types of clinical examinations modes of assessments of fetal wellbeing, safe motherhood and diagnosis of pregnancy etc.
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Pregnancy: Why your Favorite Foods Gross you Out
You've heard about the off-the-wall cravings some women get during pregnancy. the legendary midnight runs for pickles and ice cream. the sudden, overpowering longing for watermelon or chips. you might even have had them yourself.
December 28, 2016
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Pregnant mother's family history linked to increased risk of preterm birth
If a pregnant mother has a family history of premature birth, she is at risk for a preterm birth of her baby, according to a new study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center.
April 27, 2017
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Pregnant women shouldn't be afraid to take antibiotics
The link between antibiotics and miscarriage is murky--but infections are definitely bad
May 1, 2017
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Prenatal acetaminophen may affect masculinity
When we have a headache or a cold, many of us pop a Tylenol without a second thought. But acetaminophen - the active analgesic ingredient in the drug - is also commonly used to ease pain during pregnancy. A new study suggests that this could be a major problem.
June 22, 2017
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Proposed machine learning-based framework predicts FGR pregnancies with high accuracy
During the millions of pregnancies that occur in the United States every year, expectant moms learn oodles about their developing fetuses over months of gestation. But the placenta, a vital and temporary organ that shelters the fetus--delivering life-sustaining nutrients and oxygen, getting rid of toxic by-products and modulating the immune system to protect the pregnancy--largely remains a mystery. A team of Children's National Health System research scientists is beginning to provide insights about the poorly understood placenta.
July 31, 2017
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Quality improvement interventions in hospitals linked to reduced Cesarean delivery rate
A new study led by clinician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found that hospital-led interventions over a seven-year period were associated with a significant reduction in the hospital's Cesarean delivery rate.
January 27, 2017
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RealMom, a New Physical Simulator for Practicing Vaginal Birthing Techniques
Operative Experience, a company based in Maryland, is releasing a new highly realistic vaginal birth simulator. The model mannequin is a full size replica of a patient made of soft materials that even replicates the mother's internal anatomy. The cervix undergoes dilation and effacement, and the baby is pushed out similarly to a natural birth.
June 19, 2017
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Recall: Birth Control Pills
One lot of Mibelas 24 Fe birth control pills has been recalled due to a packaging error that could put users at risk of unintended pregnancy, manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. says.
June 9, 2017
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Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy
Study rebuts concerns about multiple vaccination timing
August 1, 2017
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Report: Human embryo edited for first time in US, pushes limits
The data is unpublished, but scientists say it advances effort to erase genetic diseases.
July 27, 2017
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Research finds that only few women receive long-lasting contraception due to poor access
Before leaving the hospital after childbirth, more women are opting to check one thing off their list: birth control.
May 10, 2017
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Researchers develop mathematical formula to predict how large numbers of sperm swim
Researchers have developed a mathematical formula based on the rhythmic movement of a sperm's head and tail, which significantly reduces the complexities of understanding and predicting how sperm make the difficult journey towards fertilising an egg.
March 19, 2017
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Researchers evaluate use of regenerative human umbilical cord for in-utero spina bifida repair
In a study to be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, in the oral concurrent session at 8:45 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers evaluated a possible regenerative patch by using human umbilical cord in two studies titled Cryopreserved Human Umbilical Cord (HUC) vs Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) for In-Utero Spina Bifida Repair and the study Conventional vs cryopreserved human umbilical cord (HUC) patch based on repair for in-utero spina bifida in a sheep model.
January 23, 2017
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Researchers find new insights into silencing of X-chromosomes in human embryos
Researchers have discovered new insights into how one of the two X-chromosomes is silenced during the development of female human embryos and also in lab-grown stem cells. X-chromosome silencing is essential for proper development and these findings are important for understanding how the activity of the X-chromosome is regulated to ensure the healthy development of human embryos.
December 16, 2016
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Researchers highlight global burden of suboptimal fetal growth in low-and middle-income countries
In low-and middle-income countries, it is common for babies to be born of low birth weight, due to either inadequate growth in utero (fetal growth restriction) and/or preterm birth, (birth before 37 weeks gestation). Maternal undernutrition, infections, poor access to health care and environmental exposures during pregnancy are risk factors for both of these conditions. Babies born too small or too soon are at a high risk of mortality, stunted growth, developmental delay, and chronic disease.
August 18, 2017
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Researchers identify new gene mutation that leads to infertility in women
It has been estimated that more than 80 million people in the world have an unfulfilled desire to have children. But for every 10th couple, the reasons therefor remain unclear. Now, researchers from the Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI) in Jena/Germany have, together with clinical partners, found a new gene mutation that obviously leads to infertility in women. the mutated gene WT1 plays an important role in the early embryonic development controlling proteins (especially proteases) that are needed for the successful nidation in mother's womb. the astonishing results were recently published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics.
March 28, 2017
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Researchers identify new genetic mutation that prevents sperm production
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel have discovered a new genetic mutation that prevents sperm production.
August 3, 2017
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Researchers provide new insights into age-related female infertility
Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility. Thanks to cutting-edge microscopy techniques, they observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older mice. this defect may also be found in the eggs of older women. the choreography of cell division goes awry, and causes errors in the sharing of chromosomes.
April 4, 2017
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Researchers put mouse embryos in suspended animation
Inhibition of molecular pathway lets mouse blastocysts survive for weeks in the lab
November 23, 2016
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Researchers track how flu shot during pregnancy affects expectant mothers and babies
Pregnant women and young babies are among those most at risk for complications, hospitalization, and death from the flu. While doctors have long recommended flu shots for protection, experts weren't exactly sure how the shots affect pregnancy.
August 1, 2017
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Risk of Birth Defects from Zika 20 Times Higher
Finding highlights importance of preventing infection during pregnancy, researchers say
March 2, 2017
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Routine Tests Urged for Preeclampsia
Expert panel recommends blood-pressure check at every prenatal visit
April 25, 2017
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Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm
Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an embryo made entirely from stem cells.
March 7, 2017
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Second-hand smoke exposures before conception affect fetal brain development
Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke -- even before conception -- appears to have a lingering impact that can later impair the brain development of a fetus, researchers at Duke Health report.
January 5, 2017
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Six of the best pregnancy blogs for parents-to-be
Whether you are a first-time parent-to-be or a parenting expert, pregnancy often throws up a million and one questions that we depend on online pregnancy resources to answer. Pregnancy blogs cover anything and everything from weekly development guides to personal birth stories, so how do you know which ones are worth reading? we have trawled through hundreds of blogs to give you our six pregnancy blog must-reads.
March 15, 2017
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Sleep can Affect Male Fertility
Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy
October 19, 2016
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Sleep on your side, not your back in late pregnancy
A pregnant mother sleeping on her back during late pregnancy may cause problems for the fetus, according to new research. This is the first study to monitor unborn babies overnight and at the same time record the mother's position during sleep.
October 12, 2017
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Sleeping on your back during late pregnancy may cause problems for fetus
A pregnant mother sleeping on her back during late pregnancy may cause problems for the fetus, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. This is the first study to monitor unborn babies overnight and at the same time record the mother's position during sleep.
October 12, 2017
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Small RNA molecules could contribute to serious pregnancy complication, study finds
A family of small RNA molecules affects the development of cells that give rise to the placenta - an organ that transfers oxygen and nutrients from mother to fetus -- in ways that could contribute to a serious pregnancy complication, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.
October 22, 2016
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Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage Risk
Study finds certain meds seem safer than others, but overall danger is low, researchers say
May 1, 2017
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Some Pharmacies Deny Teens 'Morning After' Pill
'Mystery shopper' study found druggists refusing sales, despite FDA's removal of age limit for the contraceptive
June 30, 2017
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Specialist antenatal clinics can help cut pregnancy complications for obese women
Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found.
June 22, 2017
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Sperm and eggs of transgenders to be stored by NHS before sex changes
Several transgender adolescents are opting to freeze their eggs and sperm with the Britain's NHS to leave an option for parenthood later in life open, according to doctors.
October 2, 2017
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Sperm Counts Continue to Fall in Western Nations
Sperm counts in Western countries have decreased by half in recent years, suggesting a continuing and significant decline in male reproductive health, a new evidence review reports.
July 25, 2017
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Sperm morphology: Tests and results
Sperm morphology refers to the size and shape of individual sperm. It is one of, but by no means the only, contributing factor to male fertility.
August 16, 2017
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Study assesses success and efficacy of ovarian tissue freezing
Many women are turning to egg freezing to promote fertility, but what happens when it isn't an option because of special medical or other conditions? And, what option is there for women who want to preserve hormonal function, not just fertility? Ovarian tissue freezing, an outpatient procedure which removes and freezes ovarian tissue for later use, can deliver these outcomes but has been considered experimental until now.
July 13, 2017
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Study compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across European countries
A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK. the countries with the highest proportion of women who reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy were the UK (28.5 %), Russia (26.5 %) and Switzerland (20.9 %).
April 11, 2017
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Study finds link between high blood lead levels and pre-eclampsia
More than a century since a Brisbane doctor found that lead in paint destroyed children's lives, new research from Griffith University concludes that it is a major risk factor for pre-eclampsia.
October 6, 2017
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Study finds no benefit, but possible harm, from drug used to prevent preterm births
A drug commonly prescribed to pregnant women with a history of delivering babies early provides no benefit. In fact, this drug may even increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
March 14, 2017
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Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause
A new study has found that women have better brainpower after menopause if they had their last baby after age 35, used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years or began their menstrual cycle before turning 13.
November 17, 2016
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Study finds that 21% of mothers do not disclose PPMD symptoms to healthcare providers
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that 21 percent of recent mothers experiencing postpartum mood disorders (PPMDs), such as anxiety and depression, do not disclose their symptoms to healthcare providers.
August 23, 2017
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Study identifies early signs of heart changes for women with preeclampsia
In a study to be presented Friday, Jan. 27, in the oral concurrent session at 1:15 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Maternal and Child Health Research Center and the Department of Cardiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, will present findings of a study titled Cardiac Dysfunction in Preeclampsia is Present at Diagnosis and Persists Postpartum.
January 23, 2017
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Study provides insights into how HCMV infection causes birth defects
Fresh insights into how a common virus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread.
May 15, 2017
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Study Questions Practice of Placenta Eating
It may be potentially dangerous, researchers say
September 29, 2017
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Study reveals health outcomes of children conceived using donor sperm
The study of 224 Australian children aged between 5 and 11 was the largest study to date to examine the psychosocial development of school-aged children conceived using donor sperm. This was also the first study to describe health outcomes of these children.
July 13, 2017
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Study reveals higher number of eggs as determinants of IVF success
A higher number of eggs retrieved in an IVF treatment cycle is independently associated with more chromosomally normal embryos available for transfer, according to a new Australian study. However, the benefit of a greater oocyte yield decreases significantly with advancing female age.
July 4, 2017
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Study reveals impact of flame retardants on reduced clinical pregnancy outcomes
A study conducted by a team of researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that for women with an increased concentration of a common type of flame retardant in their urine, there is a decreased possibility of clinical pregnancy as well as live birth when compared to those with a lower concentration.
August 25, 2017
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Study reveals safety data for using antimalarials during first trimester of pregnancy
LSTM, University of Washington and international researchers publish the most comprehensive international analysis on artemisinin combination antimalarials safety in pregnancy
May 3, 2017
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Study reveals self-harm is leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado
Self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions and homicide, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
December 9, 2016
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Study sheds light on how different families relate to each other following open embryo adoption
Experts at the University of Huddersfield are researching the emergence of a new style of family creation that sees couples "adopt" embryos and, after the child is born, remain in contact with the donors and in many cases develop a special relationship with them.
May 19, 2017
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Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms
Researchers, including several University of Otago academics, have conducted the first trial of pelvic floor muscle training for the prevention of prolapse symptoms in women with early signs of prolapse several years after childbirth, publishing their findings in the world's leading medical journal the Lancet.
December 21, 2016
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Study suggests autologous EPC transfusion may prevent miscarriage in high-risk pregnancies
In a study focusing on the role of self-donated (autologous) bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in placental vascular development, researchers in Japan have discovered that when transplanted into pregnant mice, EPCs can contribute to better blood vessel growth that helps in forming "normalized" placental vascularization, leading, in turn, to reduced recurrent miscarriages by providing a healthier fetal environment during gestation.
August 30, 2016
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Study supports clinical utility of DNA-based prenatal blood test in all pregnant women
A DNA-based prenatal blood test used to screen pregnancies for Down syndrome and similar chromosome abnormalities in high-risk women has moved a step closer to use in the general pregnancy population. Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care new England hospital, have published a study in Genetics in Medicine that shows that this non-invasive test can be effectively and appropriately offered to all pregnant women, regardless of maternal age or risk factors, through primary obstetrical care providers.
February 3, 2017
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Study uncovers mechanism underlying nerve cell organization in the spinal cord of developing embryo
Scientists have uncovered how nerve cells in the spinal cord are organized in precise patterns during embryo development - a finding that could give insight into regenerative medicine.
June 29, 2017
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Study: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealistic
Whether it's a pregnant character on a TV show or a photo spread heralding a celebrity's rapid recovery of her pre-pregnancy physique, media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, women said in a new study.
August 8, 2017
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Study: Women, mostly minorities lack pre-pregnancy nutrition
Black, Hispanic and less-educated women consume a less nutritious diet than their well-educated, white counterparts in the weeks leading up to their first pregnancy, according to the only large-scale analysis of preconception adherence to national dietary guidelines.
March 17, 2017
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Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Tied to Heavier Kids
2 or more sweet drinks a day in second trimester linked to an extra 2 pounds in 8-year-olds
July 10, 2017
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Surviving cancer may increase risk of birth complications
A recent study, published in JAMA Oncology, finds a link between surviving cancer and health risks for the survivors' future newborns. the study provides new information about this little-studied interaction.
March 23, 2017
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Swings in dad's testosterone affects the family -- for better or worse -- after baby arrives
Testosterone levels are a key factor in a family's health and happiness after a newborn arrives. Researchers have found that a drop can signal postpartum depression in dad, and a spike may be a sign of aggression.
September 5, 2017
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Technology Improves Access to Birth Control
Technology is making it easier for women to get birth control without ever stepping foot inside a doctor's office.
August 11, 2017
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Teen Birth Rate Drops Again to All-Time Low: CDC
Preterm deliveries and births to older moms are up, report finds
June 30, 2017
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The best apps for fertility
Trying to get pregnant can be one of the most stressful milestones in life. Every 2-week wait after potentially conceiving can seem like a lifetime and can feel unbearable when the test comes up negative once again. However, there are options to assist with the process, with smartphone apps being one tool to help identify your most fertile time of the month.
May 17, 2017
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The biology of uterine fluid: How it informs the fetus of mom's world
A developing fetus bathes in a mixture of cellular secretions and proteins unique to its mother's uterus. Before fertilization, the pH of uterine fluid helps create a conducive environment for sperm migration, and afterward, its volume supports the embryo as it implants onto the wall of the uterus. Recent evidence suggests that uterine fluid may play another role in embryonic development: communicating the mother's outside conditions to the fetus,
June 22, 2017
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There may be something weird going on with Western men's sperm
The little swimmers that weren't.
July 25, 2017
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Three-Parent Baby Born to Infertile Couple
The first baby with DNA from three people to be born to infertile parents was announced by doctors in Ukraine.
January 19, 2017
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'Three-parent baby' boy healthy so far
Three other embryos created by technique had wrong chromosome count
October 19, 2016
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Tiny lab-grown structures that resemble amniotic sac may help in infertility research
The first few weeks after sperm meets egg still hold many mysteries. Among them: what causes the process to fail, leading to many cases of infertility.
August 8, 2017
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U.S. Teen Births Hit Historic Low: CDC
Data from 2014 also shows that more older women are having children, study finds
May 30, 2017
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UIC sociologist conved parental infertility may relate to children's performance in school
How does resolved parental infertility relate to children's performance in school?
June 6, 2017
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Urologist sheds light on things that can be done to combat infertility
Urologist Dr. Jesse Mills believes not enough attention is paid to male infertility. He wants to shine a light on the causes of infertility and the things that can be done to combat the condition.
July 29, 2016
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Uterine glands vital for embryo growth, successful pregnancies
Uterine glands produce several key factors for pregnancies
February 6, 2017
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Uterine microbiota play a key role in implantation and pregnancy success in in vitro fertilization
Endometrial microbiota (bacteria in the uterine cavity) play an important role in determining whether women are able to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study.
December 6, 2016
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Vaccinating pregnant women protects newborns from whooping cough
When I was pregnant, my pronoun shifted automatically. My "I' turned into "we,' as in, "What are we going to eat for dinner?' and, "Should we sit in that hot tub?' I thought about that shift to the majestic plural as we got our Tdap shot in our third trimester.
April 12, 2017
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Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy could help protect children against asthma
The team of researchers from King's College London looked at the effect that taking a supplement of 4,400 IU vitamin D3 per day during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy versus the recommended daily intake (RDI) of 400 IU/day, had on the immune system of the newborn.
May 26, 2017
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Walnut-enriched diet may improve sperm quality, animal research suggests
New animal research suggests eating a walnut-enriched diet may improve sperm quality by reducing lipid peroxidation, a process that can damage sperm cells. this form of cell damage harms sperm membranes, which are primarily made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Walnuts are the only tree nut that are predominantly comprised of PUFAs (one ounce contains 13 grams of PUFAs out of 18 grams of total fat).
February 28, 2017
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Want to examine your semen? There's a device for that
All you need is your smartphone
March 22, 2017
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Weight gain within healthy BMI range increases gestational Diabetes risk in women
University of Queensland School of Public Health researcher Akilew Adane said women who gained more than 2.5 per cent of their body weight each year had almost triple the risk of gestational Diabetes compared to women who maintained a stable weight.
April 4, 2017
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Western diet during pregnancy may increase obesity risk in offspring
Diet composition around the time of pregnancy may influence whether offspring become obese, according to a new study using animal models at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).
December 14, 2016
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What can you Do When your Adoption Agency Goes Bankrupt?
Adopting a child can require years of effort and huge financial expenses, with no guarantee that all your efforts will turn out successfully. it's a lesson that thousands of hopeful parents are learning after the sudden bankruptcy of a large, national adoption agency.
March 7, 2017
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What happens in the cell nucleus after fertilization?
A team of scientists shows changes in the immediate environment of DNA after the ovum and sperm fuse to form the zygote. the results suggest why all conceivable somatic cells can develop from the germ cells.
December 6, 2016
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What pregnant women actually need to know about herpes
A reported link between herpes and autism isn't as scary as it sounds
February 22, 2017
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Why Do So Many Men Get Vasectomies During March Madness?
Maybe you're watching the NCAA men's basketball tournament on a small window on your work computer, or on your strategically placed smartphone at your desk. There's also a higher than usual chance that you're enjoying March Madness while recovering from your very recent vasectomy.
March 16, 2017
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Why tech offers better fertility benefits than other industries
Intel, Apple, Facebook, and Google cover employee fertility treatments such as IVF and egg freezing. Here's why they are paving the way for others.
December 21, 2016
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Wise Guys program targets young men to curb teenage pregnancy
In 2015, there were nearly 10,000 teenage pregnancies in North Carolina. "Teen parents are less likely to finish high school, less likely to be well employed, and less likely to be in committed and stable relationships," said Rick Brown, Youth Education Program Director at Children's Home Society of North Carolina. "These outcomes are passed on to their children, who may, in turn, grow up and repeat those cycles."
June 28, 2017
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With racy sperm pics on a smartphone, men can easily test fertility
Device costs less than $5 and can accurately measure the number and speed of swimmers.
March 22, 2017
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Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention
New survey finds too few are taking folic acid before pregnancy
October 13, 2017
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Women Lack 'High Quality' Guidance Post-Mastectomy
At 39 years old, Kimberly Barnes learned that she had a 69% chance of developing breast cancer by the time she was 80. That's a staggering number compared to the average woman's 12% risk.
September 29, 2017
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Women who experience pain relief from epidural analgesia less likely to have postpartum depression
Epidural anesthesia may do more than relieve pain during labor; in some women it may decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression, suggests a preliminary study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 annual meeting.
October 26, 2016
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Women with obstructive sleep apnea may be at increased risk for pregnancy complications
Women with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appear to be at greater risk for serious pregnancy complications, longer hospital stays and even admission to the ICU than mothers without the condition, according to a new study of more than 1.5 million pregnancies presented at the ATS 2017 International Conference.
May 22, 2017
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World's first licence for mitochondrial donation IVF may enable women to have disease-free babies
Eminent UK reproductive and genetics experts have become the first in the world licensed to provide a revolutionary IVF procedure using donor DNA -- which they spent decades developing -- enabling women carrying potentially fatal mitochondrial disease to have healthy, genetically-related babies.
March 19, 2017
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