Pre-pregnancy BMI and ethnicity may signal likelihood for obesity later in life, research shows
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  March 27, 2017  
  Pregnancy / Maternal Health  
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 Pre-pregnancy BMI and ethnicity may signal likelihood for obesity later in life, research showsPre-pregnancy BMI and ethnicity may signal likelihood for obesity later in life, research shows
 
Specific messaging and resources are needed to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy for young mothers, a new study suggests.
 
 
 Workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding among mothers of new infantsWorkplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding among mothers of new infants
 
For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed—and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles—are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.
 
   Structured interviews may be effective in identifying women at risk of postpartum depressionStructured interviews may be effective in identifying women at risk of postpartum depression
 
For non-depressed, pregnant women with histories of major depressive disorder, preventive treatment with antidepressants may not necessarily protect against postpartum depression, according to new UCLA research.
 
   Study evaluates screening and treatment for subclinical thyroid disease during pregnancyStudy evaluates screening and treatment for subclinical thyroid disease during pregnancy
 
Observational studies over the past 30 years suggest that subclinical thyroid disease during pregnancy may be associated with adverse outcomes, including a lower-than-normal IQ in offspring.
 
   Maternal infections during pregnancy may alter genes key to prenatal brain developmentMaternal 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.
 
 Postnatal depression in dads
 
Postnatal depression in dadsLatest research suggests that 1 in 10 dads will suffer from postnatal depression (PND), and as many as 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed. This was from a survey by NCT released in 2015. This also revealed that as many as 38% of new dads have concerns surrounding their mental health.
 
 
 Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) vs IVF
 
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) vs IVFArtificial insemination is a technique in which sperm is placed into a woman’s cervix or uterus. These procedures are called intracervical or intrauterine insemination (IUI), respectively.
 
 
 Female Sterilization
 
Female SterilizationFemale sterilization is a widespread means of permanent contraception for women. There are different methods to achieve this, but the woman should always receive careful counseling to ensure she understands and is willing to accept the non-reversible nature of the procedure. It is 99% effective, and may be performed post-partum, along with a Cesarean section, or when the woman is non-pregnant (termed interval sterilization).
 
 
 Researchers find new way to expand, preserve cord-blood cells as potential treatment for Type 1 diabetes
 
Researchers find new way to expand, preserve cord-blood cells as potential treatment for Type 1 diabetesFor parents, storing their newborn baby's umbilical cord blood is a way to preserve potentially lifesaving cells. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has found a way to expand and preserve certain cord-blood cells as a potential treatment for Type 1 diabetes.
 
 
 Children of older mothers have better upbringing
 
Children of older mothers have better upbringingThe result should be seen in conjunction with the widespread recommendation not to have children too late. This recommendation is based on knowledge about e.g. declining fertility and the health risks during pregnancy and while giving birth which are associated with advanced maternal age.
 
 
 ECDC guidance aims to improve antenatal screening for infections to avoid mother-to-child transmission
 
ECDC guidance aims to improve antenatal screening for infections to avoid mother-to-child transmissionTransmission of infections with HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis or rubella from mother to child before and during birth as well as in infancy still occur across Europe - despite existing prevention methods.
 
 
 First-in-human study shows positive results for new medicine that could reduce maternal deaths
 
First-in-human study shows positive results for new medicine that could reduce maternal deathsThe Monash University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences today announced positive results from a first-in-human study of a new, inhaled form of a medicine that could significantly reduce maternal deaths around the world.
 
 
 Study identifies potential risks for mothers who are cancer survivors
 
Study identifies potential risks for mothers who are cancer survivorsFor young women facing a new cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation can be an important consideration in treatment planning. Now a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study has identified potential risks for mothers who are cancer survivors -- risks for their newborns' health.
 
 
 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Etiology
 
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease EtiologyPelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a term used to describe the inflammation of the upper genital tract that involves the fallopian tubes and ovaries. As the majority of PID cases are a result of ascending or blood-borne infections, the process is often bilateral (although one tube may be more gravely affected than the other).
 
 
 Researchers find lower academic performance among children prenatally exposed to alcohol
 
Researchers find lower academic performance among children prenatally exposed to alcoholDespite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high.
 
 
 How to insert a diaphragm, cap or vaginal ring
 
How to insert a diaphragm, cap or vaginal ringA contraceptive diaphragm is a reversible non-hormonal method of barrier contraception which prevents fertilization by not allowing the entry of sperms into the uterine cavity through the cervix.
 
 
 Researchers uncover gene mutation that may provide answers to unexplained female infertility
 
Researchers uncover gene mutation that may provide answers to unexplained female infertilityResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Rice University have uncovered a gene mutation that may provide answers to unexplained female infertility. The study appears in Scientific Reports, a member of the Nature family of journals.
 
 
 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Management and Prognosis
 
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Management and PrognosisPelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a term used to describe the infection and inflammation of the upper genital tract in women, commonly involving the ovaries, fallopian tubes and surrounding structures. It is a frequent and serious complication of certain sexually-transmitted diseases, most notably chlamydia and gonorrhea.
 
 
 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Diagnosis
 
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease DiagnosisPelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a consequence of the infection of the upper genital tract in women, resulting in a plethora of pathological pelvic findings (ranging from mild endometritis to peritonitis).
 
 
 Children born to older mothers are at an advantage, report researchers
 
Children born to older mothers are at an advantage, report researchersChildren of older mothers experience fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, according to a new study.
 
 
 Rapid weight gain during infancy could lead to obesity in adulthood
 
Rapid weight gain during infancy could lead to obesity in adulthoodRapid weight gain in an infant's first six months of life is a risk factor for child- and adulthood obesity, according to researchers.
 
 
 Few steps to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution
 
Few steps to protect ourselves and our families from air pollutionThe World Health Organization reported this month that pollution and environmental risks are responsible for 1.7 million child deaths per year.
 
 
 AMSBIO launches new automation-friendly cell-free DNA purification kit
 
AMSBIO launches new automation-friendly cell-free DNA purification kitAMSBIO has announced the launch of its new cfPure™ Cell Free DNA Purification Kit for scalable and automation-friendly isolation of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from patient serum or plasma samples.
 
 
 Trichomoniasis Treatment
 
Trichomoniasis TreatmentTrichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protozoan responsible for urogenital trichomoniasis in humans that shows a notable prevalence around the globe. One of the most striking features of this parasite is its highly variable biological behavior, so clinical manifestations of trichomoniasis may range from the absence of symptoms (in a majority of cases) to more severe clinical presentations.