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Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds

April 17, 2014

Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, researchers say.

Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight During Pregnancy May Influence Child’s Obesity Risk

April 16, 2014

Children born to mothers who gain either too much or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found.

Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk in Boys

April 14, 2014

Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.

Heat Waves Tied to Higher Rates of Early-Term Deliveries

April 8, 2014

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women may face increased risk for early-term delivery during heat waves, according to a large new study from Canada.
Researchers analyzed data from 300,000 births in Montreal between 1981 and 2010, and also looked at summer temperatures that occurred during those years.
The University of Montreal team found that [...]

Aspirin Advised for Women at High Risk for THIS Pregnancy Complication

April 8, 2014

Pregnant women at high risk for a serious condition that affects blood pressure should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.

Spotting Cause of Newborn Brain Injury Could Aid Prevention, Report Says

April 3, 2014

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Identifying the cause of brain injury among newborns could help doctors develop new prevention strategies, according to a joint report from two leading groups of U.S. obstetricians and pediatricians.
The updated guidelines on neonatal encephalopathy (the term for newborn brain disorder or injury) — released by the American College [...]

More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy

March 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism show key “patches of disorganization” in the outer layers of the brain, according to a new study said to offer more evidence that the developmental disorder begins in the womb.
Experts have long believed autism involves disruptions in typical brain development, going back [...]

The Surprising Connection Between Stress and Fertility

March 24, 2014

Stress may increase a woman’s risk of infertility, new research suggests.

Lung Ultrasound Can Spot Risk of Respiratory Failure in Pregnancy: Study

March 21, 2014

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A lung ultrasound can quickly reveal if a pregnant woman with a serious condition called preeclampsia is at risk for respiratory failure, according to a new study.
Preeclampsia, which causes extremely high blood pressure, can lead to stroke, bleeding and excess fluid in the lungs.
For this study, researchers gave [...]

Gut Bacteria in Preemies Could Lead to Life-Threatening Infections

March 21, 2014

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born prematurely are at risk for life-threatening bloodstream infections called sepsis beginning 72 hours after they are born, according to a new study.
The lower intestines — often called guts — of preterm babies contain infectious bacteria, said the research team from Michigan State University, the University of [...]


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