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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

New Model Mimics Persistent Interneuron Loss Seen in Prematurity

Feb. 19, 2019 — Research-clinicians created a novel preclinical model that mimics the persistent interneuron loss seen in preterm human infants, identifying interneuron subtypes that could become future therapeutic ... read more

Gallbladder Removal Operation During Pregnancy Associated With Adverse Maternal Outcomes

Feb. 12, 2019 — When faced with painful gallstones, pregnant women should consider postponing surgical treatment until after childbirth, new study results ... read more

Inexpensive Supplement for Women Increases Infant Birth Size

Feb. 11, 2019 — For women in resource-poor settings, taking a certain daily nutritional supplement before conception or in early pregnancy may provide enough of a boost to improve growth of the fetus, according to a ... read more

Phthalates May Impair Fertility in Female Mice

Feb. 7, 2019 — A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, a new study found. Researchers found that giving female mice oral doses of the phthalate DiNP for ... read more

Folliculin Mutations Disrupt Embryo Implantation

Feb. 7, 2019 — New information is unfolding on the genetic controls of an early turning point in pregnancy -- the changes in an embryo's cells that occur as it prepares to lodge in the wall of the uterus. ... read more

Maternal Depression and Natural Disaster-Related Stress May Affect Infants' Temperament

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study demonstrates that prenatal maternal depression has important consequences for infant temperament. Furthermore, the negative impact of prenatal maternal depression appeared to be magnified ... read more

Nicotine While Pregnant Alters Genes, Study Suggests

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers report that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in ... read more

Marijuana Smoking Linked With Higher Sperm Concentrations

Feb. 5, 2019 — Men who have smoked marijuana at some point in their life had significantly higher concentrations of sperm when compared with men who have never smoked marijuana, according to new research. The study ... read more

How Men Continually Produce Sperm -- And How That Discovery Could Help Treat Infertility

Feb. 5, 2019 — Using a leading-edge technique, researchers defined the cell types in both newborn and adult human testes and identified biomarkers for spermatogonial stem cells, opening a path for new strategies to ... read more

Mother's Age, Race, Weight Affect Hormone Concentrations in Pregnancy

Feb. 4, 2019 — Hormone concentrations during early fetal development -- that may affect the child's development and increase the mother's risk for breast and ovarian cancer years later -- are ... read more

Infertility Treatment Linked With Slightly Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Feb. 4, 2019 — Women who have undergone infertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, are more likely to experience severe pregnancy complications, according to new ... read more

No Overall Increased Risk of Cancer in Children Born After Fertility Treatment

Feb. 4, 2019 — Children born after assisted reproductive technology (ART) do not appear to be at greater risk of developing cancer than other children, according to the first study to look at the long-term cancer ... read more

Nano-Encapsulation Technology Enhances DHA Absorption for Early Brain Development

Jan. 31, 2019 — Scientists have announced the findings on novel nano-encapsulation technology for optimizing the maternal and fetal absorption of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The research aimed to address the ... read more

Industrial Chemicals Pass from Mother to Fetus Throughout Pregnancy

Jan. 30, 2019 — Researchers show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta throughout pregnancy to accumulate in fetal tissue. Further research is now needed ... read more

Jan. 28, 2019 — We can think of the egg and sperm as information capsules with stored instructions for starting a new life, but post fertilization, what kick starts the interpretation of these ... read more

New Research Will Improve Diagnosis of Antenatal Anxiety

Jan. 25, 2019 — A landmark study will help health professionals improve the identification of severe and problematic anxiety in pregnant ... read more

Breakthrough in Understanding Male Infertility

Jan. 23, 2019 — Experts have identified the importance of gene, RBMXL2, which is similar to an infertility gene found on the Y chromosome, in regulating the production of fully-functioning ... read more

Emergency Caesareans Put New Mothers at Higher Risk of Developing Postnatal Depression

Jan. 23, 2019 — A major study provides new evidence that emergency C-sections put new mothers at greater risk of experiencing mental health problems after giving ... read more

Shift Work for Mothers Associated With Reduced Fetal Growth and Longer Pregnancies

Jan. 22, 2019 — Shift work exposure in mothers can result in reduced fetal growth and longer pregnancies, even when the shift work is only carried out early in ... read more

Heart Disease Risk Begins in the Womb

Jan. 22, 2019 — Heart disease is the greatest killer in the world today. A new study in sheep finds that offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, ... read more

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