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High birth weight in First Nations babies linked to a higher...

High birth weight in First Nations (North American Indian) babies are linked to a higher risk of postneonatal death (infant deaths that occur from 4 weeks to 1 year of age), according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journa...

Mother’s milk improves the physical condition of future adolescents

Enrique García Artero, the principal author of the study and researcher at the University of Granada pointed out that, "Our objective was to analyse the relationship between the duration of breastfeeding babies and their physical condition in adole...

Care of late-preterm preemies may be insufficient

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- In the last 15 years the U.S has seen a sharp increase in the number of babies born as late-preterm infants, between 34 and 37 weeks' gestation. This is approximately 400,000 children each year, comprising over 70 percent of all pr...

Researchers track the impacts of depression during pregnancy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The cocktail of hormones cascading through depressed mothers' bodies may play an important role in the development of their unborn children's brains. A higher level of depression in mothers during pregnancy was associated wit...

Preterm birth rates improve in most states

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2010 ¬ -- Eight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve. Following three decades of incr...

Tiny RNA molecules control labor, may be key to blocking premature...

DALLAS -- Nov. 15, 2010 -- Tiny molecules called microRNAs act together with hormones to control the onset of labor, raising the prospect that RNA-based drugs might be able to prevent premature labor, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center ...

Citywide smoking ban contributes to significant decrease in maternal smoking, pre-term...

AURORA, Colo. (Nov. 10, 2010) -- New research released today takes a look at birth outcomes and maternal smoking, building urgency for more states and cities to join the nationwide smoke-free trend that has accelerated in recent years. According to...

Growth defects in cystic fibrosis may start before birth

A new study using a pig model of cystic fibrosis (CF) suggests that low levels of a growth promoting hormone at or before birth may contribute to growth defects in patients with CF. The study, led by University of Iowa researchers and published...

Genetics work could lead to advances in fertility for women

Princeton scientists have identified genes responsible for controlling reproductive life span in worms and found they may control genes regulating similar functions in humans. The work suggests that someday researchers may be able to develop ways ...

CRN responds to JAMA fish oil study

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2010 -- In response to a study regarding fish oil use during pregnancy published in the October 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading...

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