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Antidepressant use during pregnancy could increase risk of birth defects in baby, study reveals

Antidepressant use during pregnancy could increase risk of birth defects in baby, study reveals

A new Université de Montréal study in the British Medical Journal reveals that antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects. [More]
Gestational diabetes raises postpartum depression risk in first-time mothers

Gestational diabetes raises postpartum depression risk in first-time mothers

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Karolinska Institutet have found that gestational diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression (PPD) in first-time mothers. [More]
Maternal multi-micronutrients, nurturing environment in early life foster childhood development

Maternal multi-micronutrients, nurturing environment in early life foster childhood development

Mothers who take multi-micronutrient supplements during pregnancy can add the equivalent of up to one full year of schooling to a child's cognitive abilities at age 9-12, says a new study published today. [More]
Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Vaccines are an important part of routine healthcare for adults, seniors and women who are pregnant. [More]
Biomarker linked to depression during pregnancy and low birth weight in baby

Biomarker linked to depression during pregnancy and low birth weight in baby

Depression is very common during pregnancy, with as many as one in seven women suffering from the illness and more than a half million women impacted by postpartum depression in the U.S. alone. [More]
Woman's blood pressure before pregnancy may be linked to babies' sex

Woman's blood pressure before pregnancy may be linked to babies' sex

A new paper published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that a woman's blood pressure before pregnancy is related to her likelihood of giving birth to a boy or girl. [More]
Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

New research stating mothers must take a vitamin D supplement to protect new-borns from brittle bones and rickets, has been welcomed by health experts BetterYou. [More]
Clean-burning ethanol stoves may reduce hypertension, cardiovascular risk in pregnant women, study shows

Clean-burning ethanol stoves may reduce hypertension, cardiovascular risk in pregnant women, study shows

Replacing biomass and kerosene cookstoves used throughout the developing world with clean-burning ethanol stoves may reduce hypertension and cardiovascular risk in pregnant women, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
Natural pre-pregnancy progesterone benefits women with history of unexplained miscarriages

Natural pre-pregnancy progesterone benefits women with history of unexplained miscarriages

Women who have had two or more unexplained miscarriages can benefit from natural progesterone treatment before pregnancy, a new a study shows. [More]
Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

There is incontrovertible evidence that some harmful drugs and toxins can affect lifelong health. For example, if women take certain drugs in pregnancy, such as thalidomide, there are well documented effects on lifelong health. These have obvious and dramatic effects on the child... [More]
Folic acid supplements can reduce risk of having pregnancy affected by neural tube defects

Folic acid supplements can reduce risk of having pregnancy affected by neural tube defects

Despite the mandatory addition of folic acid to enriched grain products in the United States, many women still do not consume adequate amounts of this important vitamin, according to an editorial written by Laura E. Mitchell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. [More]
Repeat cesarean delivery may result in excess morbidity and cost, UAB review shows

Repeat cesarean delivery may result in excess morbidity and cost, UAB review shows

A systematic review from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that routinely opting for a repeat cesarean delivery over first attempting a vaginal delivery may result in excess morbidity and cost from a population perspective for women with a prior low transverse incision cesarean delivery who are likely to have a successful vaginal delivery. [More]
Penn study reveals key factors that influence treatment choices in women suffering miscarriage

Penn study reveals key factors that influence treatment choices in women suffering miscarriage

How women make decisions about treatment while suffering a miscarriage, and the key factors that influence their choices, are revealed in a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave. [More]
Antioxidant may prevent development of NAFLD in offspring of obese mothers

Antioxidant may prevent development of NAFLD in offspring of obese mothers

In new research published online in The FASEB Journal, scientists show that the antioxidant pyrroloquinoline quinone may prevent the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in offspring. [More]
Progesterone hormone could offer hope for women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses

Progesterone hormone could offer hope for women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses

For women who suffer multiple pregnancy losses in the first four to six weeks of gestation, the hormone progesterone could offer hope for a successful birth, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues at University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
Researchers find high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus

Researchers find high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus

Researchers at Purdue University have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, a step toward better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads. [More]
Study finds new link between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus

Study finds new link between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus

A Singapore-based study has found a new health link between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). [More]
Mothers' use of acid-suppressing medication during pregnancy may be linked to asthma in children

Mothers' use of acid-suppressing medication during pregnancy may be linked to asthma in children

Children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may have a greater risk of developing asthma, research suggests. [More]
ATA releases new guidelines for diagnosis, treatment of thyroid disease during pregnancy and postpartum

ATA releases new guidelines for diagnosis, treatment of thyroid disease during pregnancy and postpartum

New evidence-based recommendations from the American Thyroid Association provide guidance to clinicians in diagnosing and managing thyroid disease during pregnancy and the postpartum period. [More]
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