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March 21, 2019

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March 21, 2019

Does Pregnancy History Affect Cognitive Function?

Mar. 20, 2019 — Healthy cognitive aging is a public health priority, especially as the US population grows older. Until now, not much has been known about the link between pregnancy history and cognitive function in ... read more

Inflammation Inhibitor Blocks Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Mouse Model

Mar. 19, 2019 — New work shows that an enzyme inhibitor reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation. Inflammation triggered by the enzyme, soluble epoxide hydrolase, is ... read more

IVF Birthweights Increased Over 25 Years

Mar. 14, 2019 — A new study has revealed that babies born by in vitro fertilization have increased in birthweight by nearly 200g over the past 25 ... read more

Early-Life Exposure to Microbiota Restricts Colon Cancer Later in Life, Study Finds

Mar. 13, 2019 — Exposure to microbiota, or microorganisms such as bacteria, in the early stages of life plays a crucial role in establishing optimal conditions in the intestine that inhibit the development of colon ... read more

Mar. 13, 2019 — About one in 20 women develop preeclampsia during pregnancy, which can be life-threatening to both moms and babies. However, it is difficult to diagnose because symptoms often mimic those of a normal ... read more

Study Offers Clues for Why Birth Control May Fail

Mar. 12, 2019 — Women who get pregnant while using birth control may carry a gene that breaks down the hormones common in contraceptives, according to researchers in a new ... read more

Cancer Imaging Technology Can Help Reveal Life-Threatening Pregnancy Disorder

Mar. 12, 2019 — An imaging technique used to detect some forms of cancer can also help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition, a new study ... read more

Lower Costs Associated With Late-Preterm Steroid Therapy

Mar. 12, 2019 — An analysis of a previous study has found more evidence to support giving the steroid betamethasone to pregnant women at risk of late-preterm delivery (between 34 and 36 weeks of gestation), ... read more

Air Pollution May Impact Fetal Cardiovascular System

Mar. 11, 2019 — Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a new study. The study found that early in the first trimester and late in ... read more

Smoking During Pregnancy Doubles the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, Study Warns

Mar. 11, 2019 — Scientists are providing expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first ... read more

Number and Timing of Pregnancies Influence Breast Cancer Risk for Women With BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation

Mar. 8, 2019 — Researchers confirm the lower risk of breast cancer from multiple pregnancies and from breast feeding seen in average risk women extends to those at the highest risk of breast cancer, according to ... read more

Elevated Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Young

Mar. 7, 2019 — New research shows that, in women who develop gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy, the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the years following childbirth is doubled compared to women who ... read more

Good News for Women With MS: Disease May Not Worsen After Pregnancy After All

Mar. 7, 2019 — There's good news for women with multiple sclerosis (MS) -- researchers now say the disease may not flare up again right after pregnancy as they had long believed, according to a preliminary ... read more

50 Is the New 40 for Safe Childbirth?

Mar. 7, 2019 — Researchers have determined that it is as safe to give birth after age 50 as age 40 without endangering the mother or the ... read more

Child's Elevated Mental Ill-Health Risk If Mother Treated for Infection During Pregnancy

Mar. 7, 2019 — Risks for autism and depression are higher if one's mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. This is shown by a major Swedish observational study of nearly 1.8 million ... read more

Better Regulation of the Immune System May Minimize Preeclampsia Symptoms

Mar. 6, 2019 — Boosting the body's levels of interleukin-4 (IL-4)--an immune system protein that controls inflammation -- may help manage the pregnancy complication preeclampsia, according to a new rodent ... read more

Women of Childbearing Age Have Staggeringly Low Rates of Lipid Screening

Mar. 6, 2019 — Eight out of 10 women of childbearing age have never had their cholesterol levels checked, despite clear guidelines to get a first lipid blood test early in adulthood, according to new ... read more

Molecular Puzzle Reveals Unknown Stages of Fetal Development

Mar. 5, 2019 — By applying gene analysis to individual cells from early mouse embryos, researchers have discovered previously unknown cellular stages of fetal development from fertilized egg to living ... read more

Life-Threatening Birth Complication Rate Increasing Across US Racial, Ethnic Groups

Mar. 5, 2019 — Racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity -- life-threatening maternal complications associated with childbirth -- have persisted and increased at high rates among U.S. women, ... read more

Are Mosaic Embryos the 'Dark Horse' of IVF?

Mar. 4, 2019 — New research confirms in a nonhuman primate model that mosaic embryos can adapt to their abnormalities and persist in development, resulting in positive IVF ... read more

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