Study: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealistic
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  August 16, 2017  
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 Study: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealisticStudy: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealistic
 
Whether it's a pregnant character on a TV show or a photo spread heralding a celebrity's rapid recovery of her pre-pregnancy physique, media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, women said in a new study.
 
 
 High-quality diet could make significant difference in South Asian women at risk for gestational diabetesHigh-quality diet could make significant difference in South Asian women at risk for gestational diabetes
 
South Asian women in Ontario are at high risk for gestational diabetes, but a change in diet and pre-pregnancy weight could make a significant difference, according to a new study from McMaster University.
 
   Mice study reveals how natural killer cells in the placenta can cause miscarriagesMice study reveals how natural killer cells in the placenta can cause miscarriages
 
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified how natural killer cells in the mouse placenta can cause a fetus to fail to grow in the womb or cause miscarriages.
 
   New research finds increase in smoking rates among pregnant women with depressionNew research finds increase in smoking rates among pregnant women with depression
 
Smoking is increasing among pregnant women with depression in the United States, according to new research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York.
 
   Experts highlight need to respect women's autonomy in prenatal testingExperts highlight need to respect women's autonomy in prenatal testing
 
Noninvasive fetal genetic sequencing done early in pregnancy is poised to become a routine part of prenatal care.
 
 Epidural Anesthesia
 
Epidural AnesthesiaThe reversible and controlled induction of loss of motor and sensory function through the injection of local anesthetics into the epidural space is referred to as epidural anesthesia. This mode of anesthesia can be administered via an injector or catheter. The latter allows for the continuous addition of the local anesthetic throughout a surgical procedure and after it, to relieve postoperative pain as well.
 
 
 Labor: what is the “show”?
 
Labor: what is the “show”?These symptoms often signal the earliest phase of the first stage of labor, namely, the latent phase. This involves the thinning or effacement of the thick tubular cervix which is closed tightly throughout a normal pregnancy, so that it becomes a thin rim stretched over the uterine opening.
 
 
 Vitamin B3 supplementation during pregnancy may prevent birth defects, in-vivo study suggests
 
Vitamin B3 supplementation during pregnancy may prevent birth defects, in-vivo study suggestsSupplementing the diet with vitamin B3 during pregnancy may treat the molecular deficiencies in women that can lead to birth defects, according to a landmark study in Australia. Over the last 12 years, developmental geneticist Sally Dunwoodie (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney) and team have been studying the genes that influence fetal heart and bone development.
 
 
 Extreme heat exposure may have adverse effects on pregnant women and their babies
 
Extreme heat exposure may have adverse effects on pregnant women and their babiesPregnant women are an important but thus far largely overlooked group vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat linked to climate change, according to new research by Sabrina McCormick, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
 
 
 Pain relief during labor
 
Pain relief during laborNormally childbirth involves labor pain which crescendos around the time of delivery. This significant level of pain can require much endurance from a woman, particularly if the labor takes longer than usual.
 
 
 Tests for Cystic Fibrosis During Pregnancy
 
Tests for Cystic Fibrosis During PregnancyCystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs, pancreas, digestive system, and many other organs. It is caused by a defect in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The CFTR protein controls transport of salt in and out of the cell, and mutations in the gene result in an imbalance in that transport system, leading to a build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the tissues.
 
 
 Vaginal Microbiome During Pregnancy
 
Vaginal Microbiome During PregnancyBy employing high-throughput sequencing and other modern molecular methods, the profiling of the microbial community with subsequent detailed determination of the vaginal microbiome was finally possible.
 
 
 Increased inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development
 
Increased inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain developmentResearchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with colleagues from the University of California Irvine, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of North Carolina in the USA have shown that increased levels of inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development which, in turn, may increase the child's risk of developing psychiatric disorders.
 
 
 Tiny lab-grown structures that resemble amniotic sac may help in infertility research
 
Tiny lab-grown structures that resemble amniotic sac may help in infertility researchThe first few weeks after sperm meets egg still hold many mysteries. Among them: what causes the process to fail, leading to many cases of infertility.
 
 
 Water Birth Safety
 
Water Birth SafetyThere are other conditions as well which must be followed to ensure that a water birth is safe for both mother and infant. The question of a safe birth in water is a vexed one, with American paediatricians and obstetricians pitting their opposition to birth in water to the widespread endorsement of water birth as a safe alternative to land birth in most of Europe.
 
 
 A smartphone app approved as a method of contraception
 
A smartphone app approved as a method of contraceptionA new smartphone app called Natural Cycles has been formally approved as a method of contraception in the European Union. The app is one of various fertility-tracking phone apps available, but Natural Cycles is the first to be formally certified as a medical device and therefore a contraceptive.
 
 
 Study traces lives of very premature children and their parents from birth until adulthood
 
Study traces lives of very premature children and their parents from birth until adulthoodParents of very premature or very low birth weight babies have the same life satisfaction as parents of full-term babies, when their children reach adulthood- according to new research by the University of Warwick.
 
 
 Early life exposure to antibacterials could cause irreversible outcomes
 
Early life exposure to antibacterials could cause irreversible outcomesLawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have discovered that exposure to environmental levels of triclocarban (TCC), an antibacterial chemical common in personal care products like soaps and lotions as well as in the medical field, can transfer from mother to offspring and interfere with lipid metabolism.
 
 
 Age of first menstruation may influence time spent in education for young women
 
Age of first menstruation may influence time spent in education for young womenThe age at which girls have their first period may influence how long they stay in education.
 
 
 Newly discovered immunodeficiency can make people seriously ill from chickenpox virus
 
Newly discovered immunodeficiency can make people seriously ill from chickenpox virusA mutation in one of the sensors that the immune system uses to detect viruses can, in rare cases, turn infections with the chickenpox virus into a life-threatening matter.
 
 
 Researchers work toward developing better definition of neonatal acute kidney injury
 
Researchers work toward developing better definition of neonatal acute kidney injuryEach year, thousands of infants in the United States end up in neonatal intensive care units with acute kidney injury (AKI), a condition in which the kidneys falter in performing the critical role of filtering waste products and excess fluid from the blood to produce urine.