Epidural pain relief with fentanyl during childbirth does not affect early breastfeeding success
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  November 22, 2017  
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 Epidural pain relief with fentanyl during childbirth does not affect early breastfeeding successEpidural pain relief with fentanyl during childbirth does not affect early breastfeeding success
 
Including the opioid fentanyl in the solution used to maintain an epidural during childbirth does not appear to affect the success of breastfeeding six weeks after delivery, according to a study published in Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Previous research has suggested fentanyl might be associated with early termination of breastfeeding.
 
 
 Higher hair cortisol levels during pregnancy could be indicator of postpartum depressionHigher hair cortisol levels during pregnancy could be indicator of postpartum depression
 
Researchers from the University of Granada, who belong to the Brain, Mind and Behavior Research Center and the Faculty of Psychology, have proven that cortisol levels (a steroid hormone secreted as a response to stress) present in the hair of pregnant women during the first or third trimesters of pregnancy may indicate which of them are more likely to suffer postpartum depression.
 
   Medicaid coverage for methadone could improve outcomes for pregnant women with OUDMedicaid coverage for methadone could improve outcomes for pregnant women with OUD
 
Pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are more likely to receive evidence-based treatment with an "opioid agonist"- usually methadone- in states where those medications are covered by Medicaid, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.
 
   Combined effect of gestational diabetes and hypertension leaves both parents at high riskCombined effect of gestational diabetes and hypertension leaves both parents at high risk
 
Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later.
 
   Breastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthmaBreastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthma
 
The effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergy has been debated for a long time. In a recent study, Uppsala University researchers show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema, while not having any clear effect on the risk of asthma.
 
 Increasing prevalence of chronic conditions linked to adverse health outcomes for moms and newborns
 
Increasing prevalence of chronic conditions linked to adverse health outcomes for moms and newbornsPregnant women today are more likely to have chronic conditions that could cause life-threatening complications than at any other time in the past decade – particularly poor women and those living in rural communities, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests.
 
 
 Pilot study raises concerns about exposure of pregnant women to benzene in British Columbia
 
Pilot study raises concerns about exposure of pregnant women to benzene in British ColumbiaUniversité de Montréal research reveals that 29 pregnant women living near natural-gas hydraulic fracturing sites had a median concentration of a benzene biomarker in their urine that was 3.5 times higher than that found in women from the general Canadian population.
 
 
 Vaginal progesterone decreases the risk of premature birth in women with short cervix
 
Vaginal progesterone decreases the risk of premature birth in women with short cervixA meta-analysis of placebo-controlled data published today indicates that vaginal progesterone reduces preterm birth and neonatal complications in women with a mid-trimester short cervix.
 
 
 High-fat diet during lactation alters RNA activity in breast milk, research suggests
 
High-fat diet during lactation alters RNA activity in breast milk, research suggestsNew research suggests that following a high-fat diet during lactation-;regardless of diet during pregnancy-;alters RNA activity in breast milk. The changes in genetic material may increase the risk of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes in offspring. The article is published ahead of print in Physiological Genomics.
 
 
 Exposure to BPA during pregnancy may lead to long-lasting health problems in offspring
 
Exposure to BPA during pregnancy may lead to long-lasting health problems in offspringA chemical called bisphenol A -- BPA -- used in plastic packaging and in the linings of food and beverage cans, may be passed from a mother to her offspring during pregnancy and cause changes in the gut bacteria of the offspring, according to an international team of researchers.
 
 
 Pregnant mother in a coma wakes three months after delivery
 
Pregnant mother in a coma wakes three months after deliveryA 33 years old woman from Victoria developed a severe case of influenza A or flu in August this year during her pregnancy with her first child. She developed severe complications from the flu and went into a coma and was placed at the intensive care unit at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital
 
 
 IVF, ICSI pregnancies lead to increased risk of congenital heart defects in newborns
 
IVF, ICSI pregnancies lead to increased risk of congenital heart defects in newbornsA new analysis of published studies found a 45% increased risk of congenital heart defects in newborns when women become pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) than through spontaneous conception.
 
 
 Mother's diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies, research shows
 
Mother's diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies, research showsResearch published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine today indicates that a mother's diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies.
 
 
 New study further validates use of vaginal progesterone to decrease risk of preterm birth
 
New study further validates use of vaginal progesterone to decrease risk of preterm birthA new study published today - World Prematurity Day - in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology provides additional support for treatment with vaginal progesterone to reduce the risk of preterm birth, neonatal complications and infant death in pregnant women with a short cervix.
 
 
 Scientists suggest possibility of naturally acquired immunity against Zika infection
 
Scientists suggest possibility of naturally acquired immunity against Zika infectionBirth defects in babies born infected with Zika virus remain a major health concern. Now, scientists suggest the possibility that some women in high-risk Zika regions may already be protected and not know it.
 
 
 Chronic preconception exposure to genistein may adversely affect female fertility, mice study finds
 
Chronic preconception exposure to genistein may adversely affect female fertility, mice study findsExposure to the phytoestrogen genistein prior to conception may adversely affect female fertility and pregnancy outcomes, depending on the dosage and duration of exposure, a new study in mice suggests.
 
 
 Live births more likely to occur in women with sufficient vitamin D, research finds
 
Live births more likely to occur in women with sufficient vitamin D, research findsResearchers are calling for a randomized clinical trial to investigate the potential role of vitamin D supplementation in improving live birth rates following assisted reproduction treatment.
 
 
 Nurses join hands with families for improving community health care
 
Nurses join hands with families for improving community health careThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has received more than $1.7 million in philanthropic grants from a number of community partners to bring a Nurse-Family Partnership® program to Jefferson County.
 
 
 Women are advised that sleeping on their side could reduce stillbirth risk
 
Women are advised that sleeping on their side could reduce stillbirth riskResearchers are warning that women in the last trimester of pregnancy may reduce their risk of stillbirth by falling asleep on their sides rather than their backs.
 
 
 Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus
 
Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virusA new collaborative study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine has found that a medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus.
 
 
 Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies
 
Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babiesA new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, indicates that the babies whose mothers were offered support to breastfeed completely for a prolonged period from birth have a 54% lesser eczema risk at the age of 16.
 
 
 AstraZeneca’s new precision biologic gets FDA approval to treat severe eosinophilic asthma
 
AstraZeneca’s new precision biologic gets FDA approval to treat severe eosinophilic asthmaAstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved FASENRA (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.
 
 
 Some states roll back ‘retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor — and for hospitals
 
If you're poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren't enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. It protects hospitals, too, from having to absorb the costs of caring for these patients.
 
 
 Smoking and alcohol consumption in OECD countries – country breakdown
 
Smoking and alcohol consumption in OECD countries – country breakdownBoth smoking and alcohol consumption have been linked to several deadly diseases include coronary heart disease, ischemic heart disease, strokes, diabetes, several cancers, liver diseases etc. Smoking is directly associated with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
 
 
 Researchers find way to improve immunotherapy drugs’ impact while limiting side effects
 
Researchers find way to improve immunotherapy drugs’ impact while limiting side effectsBy connecting highly effective cancer immunotherapy drugs such as anti-CTLA4 (ipilimumab) and anti-PD-L1 (atezolizumab) to peptides that bind to tissues in and around tumors, a research team based at the University of Chicago found a way to improve the drugs' impact while limiting treatment-related side effects.
 
 
 Brazilian Zika epidemic could soon be over, say scientists
 
Brazilian Zika epidemic could soon be over, say scientistsIn 2016, news about the Zika virus in Brazil made the headlines in Europe for the first time. With approximately 65 million people affected, it is one of the largest epidemics in the last few years.
 
 
 Researchers find no uniform guidelines for women undergoing oocyte cryopreservation
 
Researchers find no uniform guidelines for women undergoing oocyte cryopreservationOocyte cryopreservation is on the rise, and whether a woman freezes her eggs before undergoing medical treatment that could leave her infertile or undergoes an elective procedure to avoid concerns about reproductive aging, extensive counseling should be the norm.
 
 
 Researchers identify previously unknown breast cell types
 
Researchers identify previously unknown breast cell typesA joint effort by breast cancer researchers and bioinformaticians has provided new insights into the molecular changes that drive breast development.
 
 
 Hyperhidrosis Prognosis and Epidemiology
 
Hyperhidrosis Prognosis and EpidemiologyHyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating that does not necessarily occur in response to the body becoming overheated by exercise or a hot environment, for example. Although the condition does not pose any significant health risk, it can disrupt daily activities, causing embarrassment, stress, and sometimes even depression.
 
 
 What is Rh Blood Group?
 
What is Rh Blood Group?The Rh blood group is considered to be one of the more complex types of blood groups in humans and it is secondary to the ABO blood group in transfusion medicine. It was discovered 60 years ago and named after the Rhesus monkey. The polymorphic genes that encode the antigens in the Rh blood group are at a higher level, which explains the reason for its complexity.
 
 
 UNIGE neuroscientists succeed in correcting activity of late neurons
 
UNIGE neuroscientists succeed in correcting activity of late neuronsDuring the fetal stage, millions of neurons are born in the walls of the ventricles of the brain before migrating to their final location in the cerebral cortex.