Researchers find reassuring evidence that pregnancy does not increase patient’s risk of dying when hospitalized with pneumonia — ScienceDaily


Pregnant women who develop severe COVID-19 infections that require hospitalization for pneumonia and other complications may not be more likely to die from these infections than non-pregnant women. In fact, they may have significantly lower death rates than their non-pregnant counterparts. That is the finding of a new study published today in the Annals of […]

Study adds to growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy — ScienceDaily


A new Northwestern Medicine study of placentas from patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy found no evidence of injury, adding to the growing literature that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy. “The placenta is like the black box in an airplane. If something goes wrong with a pregnancy, we usually see changes in […]

‘I went through the menopause at 13’: Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show


For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound confirmed that, at 13, Hayley Cockman had gone into premature menopause. Her periods had stopped within a year of starting, and then symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and poor concentration kicked in. ‘At school, I’d be sitting in […]

Prenatal exposure to famine heightens risk for later being overweight — ScienceDaily


An analysis of historical medical records found that men who were prenatally exposed during early gestation to the Dutch famine of 1944-1945 were 30 percent more likely to be overweight with a Body Mass Index of 25 or over at age 19, compared to a similar group not exposed to the famine. Professor L. H. […]

Doctors operate to save baby her from spina bifida before she was even born


Her name, perfectly chosen by her adoring parents, is short for the Spanish word for miracle. And little Mila is indeed extraordinary.  For this blue-eyed baby girl, cradled happily in her mother’s arms, is an astonishing testament to the powers of modern medicine as one of just a few dozen babies worldwide to have undergone […]

Errors at the start of life — ScienceDaily


Only one in three fertilizations leads to a successful pregnancy. Many embryos fail to progress beyond early development. Cell biologists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen (Germany), together with researchers at the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics in Mariensee and other international colleagues, have now developed a new model system […]

3D printing lays the foundation for a new range of diagnostic tests — ScienceDaily


Researchers at KU Leuven (Belgium) have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing. These tests are widespread in the form of the classic pregnancy test and the COVID-19 self-tests. With the new printing technique, advanced diagnostic tests can be produced that are quick, cheap, and easy to use. The […]

Scientists insist a woman’s fertility doesn’t always fall off a cliff after 35


One of the UK’s top fertility experts has hit out at older celebrity mothers who ‘mislead’ women into thinking having a baby in their 40s is easy. In March, BBC presenter Christine Lampard, 42, became the latest in a line of famous faces to give birth in their 40s, following the likes of Nicole Kidman, […]

Women who plan to have a C section are no more likely to suffer poor outcomes


Planned caesareans pose no bigger threat than vaginal deliveries for either mother or baby, according to a study. NHS doctors tend to only carry out the major procedure if it is considered the safest option because it carries several risks. But Canadian researchers have now challenged the claims, finding that it may even be better […]

Mother, 49, loses leg in a freak accident which caused her shin to ‘explode’


A mother has told how she lost her leg to a life-threatening infection which caused her shin to ‘explode’ with pus.  Helen Way, 49, broke her knee by overstepping a kerb in a car park in 2019, and had metal plates put into her leg after emergency surgery.  But the mother-of-one from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, had […]

Baby girl is spared a lifetime of paralysis after operation inside the WOMB


A baby girl has been spared a lifetime of disability after receiving pioneering spinal surgery — while still in the womb. Emily Malkie, from Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with spina bifida following an ultrasound when her mother was just 16 weeks pregnant. A follow-up MRI showed the youngster was at risk of developing brain damage due to a […]

Exercise aids the cognitive development of children born preterm — ScienceDaily


A premature start in life can cause problems even into teenage years. A study by the University of Basel and the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) indicates that training motor skills in these children helps even when they are older. Children that are born before the 37th week of pregnancy remain under close medical supervision […]

Inside Moroccan maternity ward where Malian mother gave birth to record breaking NINE babies


Incredible footage from inside a Moroccan maternity unit has captured the astonishing birth of nine babies to a single mother – as the premature newborns beat the odds to survive. Doctors today revealed how they delivered the five girls and four boys on Tuesday, and have confirmed that all nine newborns and their mother Halima […]

Finally, the proof Covid vaccines ARE safe when you’re pregnant


The message from health chiefs is clear: Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women. While a question mark hung over this vital detail earlier on in jab trials, today there is clear data to show there is no risk to mothers-to-be or their unborn children. It is a major step forwards in the battle against […]

Childhood psychiatric symptom risk strongly linked to adverse exposures during gestation — ScienceDaily


Harmful exposures during pregnancy, including some that occur even before pregnancy is recognized, appear to significantly increase a child’s risk for psychiatric or behavioral problems early in life, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital report. In their study of 9,290 children from the ages of 9 to 10 living in 21 communities in the United States, […]

Preterm birth continues to pose a large burden for families, healthcare, and educational systems, say researchers — ScienceDaily


Children born preterm (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) remain at high risk of developmental difficulties that can affect their behaviour and ability to learn, finds a study published by The BMJ today. These difficulties were found not only in children born extremely preterm (22-26 weeks) but also in those born very and moderately preterm (between […]

Covid-19 UK: More than half of positive rapid tests at schools were false, data reveals


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Mass Covid testing scheme could lead to spike in transmission, experts say


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Tiny miracles saved by surgery in the womb


There could barely be worse news for a mother-to-be to receive. And because of pandemic regulations, Becky had to hear it alone. ‘The sonographer said: ‘I’m so sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with your baby and she is in imminent danger,’ ‘ the 28-year-old recalls. ‘I couldn’t stop crying.’ What should have been a routine mid-pregnancy […]

Breastfed babies score higher on cognitive tests at age 10, study finds


Breastfeeding can boost your child’s IQ: Babies who consume breast milk for even just a few months score higher on cognitive tests at age 10, study finds Scientists reviewed test results of more than 9,000 nine and ten-year-olds Children who were breastfed for at least 12 months scored the highest But children who were breastfed […]

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints


An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests on animals suggest the jelly — called Wharton’s jelly — can potentially reverse damage to joints caused by […]

Doctors using ‘rescue therapy’ treatment that reverses abortion pill told it may be dangerous


Doctors using ‘rescue therapy’ treatment that reverses abortion pill are accused of having scant evidence it works and told it may be dangerous Doctors at the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) have treated 90 women in UK They say almost 50 per cent of women have maintained their pregnancies By contrast, the CMA says, the chance […]

How safe is it to take Roaccutane?


In December 2003, 22-year-old Jon Medland, from Devon, grew irritated by a collection of angry, red pimples decorating his shoulder blades. Topical creams, prescribed by his dermatologist, added to the annoyance, staining his towels and bed sheets. Worse still, they didn’t work. Eventually, Jon decided to opt for a stronger treatment and asked for a prescription […]

Poor iodine levels in women pose risks to fetal intellectual development in pregnancy — ScienceDaily


An increasing number of young women are at increased risk of having children born with impaired neurological conditions, due to poor iodine intake. Dietary changes, including a growing trend towards the avoidance of bread and iodised salt, as well as a reduced intake of animal products containing iodine can contribute to low iodine levels. A […]

Immune system, not COVID virus, may pose greatest risk to pregnant women — ScienceDaily


For reasons not yet clear, pregnant women infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 are more likely to experience preterm births, pre-eclampsia, and other neonatal problems than non-infected women. A team of Yale scientists decided to investigate whether the virus could be affecting placental tissue of infected expectant mothers. Their analysis found that while evidence […]

Scientists generate synthetic mouse embryos containing the three fundamental cell types normally found in pre-implantation embryos — ScienceDaily


In their effort to understand the very earliest stages of life and how they can go wrong, scientists are confronted with ethical issues surrounding the use of human embryos. The use of animal embryos is also subject to restrictions rooted in ethical considerations. To overcome these limitations, scientists have been trying to recreate early embryos […]

Worldwide study also found that 11 percent of babies contracted the novel coronavirus from their mothers — ScienceDaily


In a worldwide study of 2,100 pregnant women, those who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy were 20 times more likely to die than those who did not contract the virus. UW Medicine and University of Oxford doctors led this first-of-its-kind study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The investigation involved more than 100 researchers and pregnant women […]

Pregnant women with COVID 20 times more likely to die and infants may have to be in NICUs longer


Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 face much higher risks of severe and deadly complications during childbirth, a new study suggests. Researchers found that ill mothers-to-be had a 76 percent higher risk of developing preeclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure – and 59 percent more likely to give birth prematurely, requiring their infants to […]

Covid-19: GPs are told to CANCEL planned AstraZeneca vaccination appointments for pregnant women


GPs that are only dishing out AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine have been told to scrap all planned appointments for pregnant women. A letter sent by NHS England bosses to practices on Saturday specified sites that do not have Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in stock should cancel all scheduled first doses for expectant mothers.  It takes a more […]

Epidural use at birth not linked to autism risk, study finds — ScienceDaily


Having an epidural during childbirth is not associated with a greater risk of autism in the child, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Manitoba. The study, which will publish online April 19 in JAMA Pediatrics, helps resolve questions raised by an earlier, widely […]

Lateral flow Covid tests are being given to millions of schoolchildren with the WRONG instructions


Controversial lateral flow tests may have been sent out to millions of schoolchildren with the wrong instructions, it has emerged.  Many of the Chinese-made kits contained guidance saying they were to be used by people suffering symptoms of coronavirus — going against official UK guidance. The devices were also sent out with a notice that […]

Covid UK: Pregnant women should get Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, government advisors say


Pregnant women in Britain should be offered coronavirus vaccines, health bosses concluded today. Number 10‘s vaccine advisory panel said real-world data from the rollout in the US had shown jabs made by Pfizer and Moderna were safe for expectant mothers.  Medics say it is ‘preferable’ mothers-to-be are offered one of the two jabs instead of […]

Underweight and overweight women at higher risk of successive miscarriages — ScienceDaily


A new study has shown that underweight and overweight women are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing recurrent miscarriages compared to those of average weight. A research team led by the University of Southampton assessed the link between women’s lifestyle and risk of recurrent pregnancy loss, defined as women having two or more consecutive […]

No10 hits back at lateral flow test fears after Matt Hancock adviser warning


Number 10 has today hit back at claims controversial rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests are dangerously unreliable.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the kits, which give a result in under half an hour, ‘have been tested rigorously and we are confident that they are accurate’. It came after an adviser to Matt Hancock admitted as few […]

Woman with brain tumour fell pregnant before drugs would have made it impossible


A woman who delayed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy to travel the world fell pregnant naturally just months before her treatment would have made it impossible. Carly Beasley, 33, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, delayed her chemotherapy to travel the world with her husband Kris, 34, after her slow-growing, incurable brain tumour, called a oligodendroglioma, was removed. And just […]

Coronavirus: One in 10 positive lateral flow tests in England turn out wrong when people retest


At least one in 10 positive results given by rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests were wrong in March, Public Health England has admitted. Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.  The controversial kits, which have […]

Findings show types of fats matter when it comes to gut well-being — ScienceDaily


A team of UBC Okanagan researchers has determined that the type of fats a mother consumes while breastfeeding can have long-term implications on her infant’s gut health. Dr. Deanna Gibson, a biochemistry researcher, along with Dr. Sanjoy Ghosh, who studies the biochemical aspects of dietary fats, teamed up with chemistry and molecular biology researcher Dr. […]

Government WILL try to make Covid vaccines COMPULSORY for care home staff, Matt Hancock confirms


Ministers will push for coronavirus vaccines to become mandatory for care home staff, Matt Hancock confirmed today. The Health Secretary argued workers have a ‘duty of care’ to elderly residents because they are most at risk of dying from the virus. Mr Hancock said industry bosses were united in their calls for a ‘no jab, no […]

The slower the better while driving over them, says researcher — ScienceDaily


Slow down. Baby on board. So says UBC Okanagan researcher and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hadi Mohammadi. His new research, conducted in collaboration with Sharif University of Technology, determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses. “There is lots of research about the importance of movement for […]

Coronavirus UK: NHS to use £15 budesonide inhalers found to boost Covid recovery at home


Coronavirus-infected Brits can now be prescribed inhalers on the NHS after experts found a commonly used asthma drug can help patients recover faster. Budesonide will be the first treatment specifically for Covid patients to take at home – all other medical breakthroughs so far have been for hospital use. Thirty-two per cent of over-50s who […]

Why I made a film about my struggle to have a baby


Charlotte (pictured) and her now husband were told that the pregnancy was ectopic — rather than growing in the womb, the fertilised egg had lodged in one of her fallopian tubes Young filmmaker Charlotte Carroll went to hospital writhing in agony, convinced she had a hernia. But as she waited on the trolley, she received surprising […]

Moderna and Pfizer Covid vaccines found safe and effective for pregnant women by study


Coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms, trigger a strong immune response and antibodies from the shots even pass to their babies, a new study finds.   Pregnant or lactating women, who get vaccinated against Covid-19 produce antibodies, which are passed on to the baby through breast milk […]

Ka arsye për shqetësim Po qe se gjatë shtatzënisë vjen deri te kollitja e shpeshtë


Shtatzënia ka një mori simptomash të zakonshme: dhimbje shpine, dëshirë për ushqim, sëmundje në mëngjes, por ndonjëherë keni simptoma që s’ i dini se shkaktohen nga shtatzënia. Kolla kronike është një prej tyre. Po qe se kolliteni gjatë gjithë shtatzënisë, edhe pse s’ jeni të sëmurë, mund të keni një kollë kronike të lidhur me […]

How to defuse the male fertility timebomb


Could a toxic soup of chemicals in everyday life be destroying men’s ability to father children?  That is the latest claim from a U.S. expert, Dr Shanna Swan, who made headlines in 2017 with research that suggested human sperm counts are plummeting. Dr Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn […]

Scientists say human embryos could be grown in a test tube for FIVE WEEKS after mice develop in jars


Human embryos could be the next test subjects of a groundbreaking study that kept mouse embryos alive outside of the womb that developed a heart, stomach, head and limbs in six days. A team of Israeli scientists grew filled small jars with nutrients inside that were placed on rotating roller and pumped each with a pressurized […]

Iraqi baby is first boy ever to be born with THREE penises, doctors claim


Iraqi baby is first boy ever to be born with THREE penises, doctors claim A boy from Duhok in Iraq had to have surgery to remove two extra penises He was born with a 2cm penis on the base of his phallus and another 1cm one  Supernumerary penises occur in between one in five and […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce


What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone in […]

Health minister defends use of controversial lateral flow tests in No10’s new twice-a-week plan


Experts today lined up to attack Number 10 for a bold new plan to screen the entire nation for coronavirus twice a week using lateral flow tests. Critics of the controversial kits – which offer results in half an hour – called the scheme ‘beyond reckless’, a ‘public health disaster’ and a ‘scandalous’ waste of […]

Key is for men to also believe they should nurture, study finds — ScienceDaily


In some men, having traditional masculine characteristics such as competitiveness and adventurousness was linked to being better fathers to infants, a new study found. But the men in this study — highly educated and from dual-earner couples — combined those stereotypically masculine traits with the belief that they should be nurturing, highly involved fathers. The […]

Lactation and visceral, pericardial fat — ScienceDaily


As demonstrated by multiple studies over the years, women who breastfeed have a lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes when compared to those who don’t or can’t. However, the mechanisms by which these risks are reduced for lactating women are still not fully understood. Duke Appiah, Ph.D., an assistant professor of public health […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today warned […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Mutations to Dyrk1a gene lead to brain undergrowth; an existing drug rescues the condition in newborn mice — ScienceDaily


Damage to the autism-associated gene Dyrk1a, sets off a cascade of problems in developing mouse brains, resulting in abnormal growth-factor signaling, undergrowth of neurons, smaller-than-average brain size, and, eventually, autism-like behaviors, a new study from Scripps Research, Florida, finds. The study from neuroscientist Damon Page, PhD, describes a new mechanism underlying the brain undergrowth seen […]

Covid-19 UK: What should I do if I’ve had the AstraZeneca jab?


Britons were once again left with a raft of questions over the safety of AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine after health chiefs today recommended it should not be given to under-30s because of its link to potentially deadly blood clots. No10’s jab advisory panel says healthy people aged 18 to 29 be offered either Pfizer or Moderna‘s […]

What are the risks of blood clots from AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine REALLY?


British health chiefs have restricted AstraZeneca’s vaccine in under-30s because their risk of dying from Covid is so small and there are early signs they may be more prone to blood clots after the jab. But EU regulators have decided against recommending the vaccine is withheld from any age group because they can’t be sure […]

All the answers to your questions about AstraZeneca’s jab and its link to blood clots


AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine is once again under the spotlight, amid growing fears it may trigger extremely rare blood clots.  Health chiefs yesterday recommended it should not be given to under-30s because of its link to the potentially deadly complication.  But medical experts insist the jab is safe and the benefits far outweigh any risks for […]

A drop in Covid-19 cases can be deceptive, official warns. Here’s how the US can stay ahead of a variant-driven surge


“We are used to mutations with the flu. This is a much higher percentage of success than the flu,” Slavitt, who is responsible for the Covid response, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday. The US has witnessed a 26% decline in new cases from this time last week, continuing the trend of the steepest decline […]

Opinion: My baby and I are safer with the Covid-19 vaccine than without it


Still, we followed through with part of the plan as scheduled, moving to Michigan in the summer of 2020 and signing a lease for a sizable two-bedroom apartment. But as Covid-19 added uncertainties to an already unfamiliar territory, we discussed postponing the family part of our plan. We thought of the small details like the […]

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing in The BMJ today, researchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three […]

COVID-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and PTSD among pregnant and postpartum women


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Though childbirth is often anticipated with optimism and enthusiasm, approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnant individuals also experience mental health challenges during the weeks immediately before and after birth. Depression, anxiety and trauma-related disorders can all be exacerbated by increased stress related to pregnancy and postpartum experiences. But it’s unknown […]

Environmental exposures can affect therapeutic drugs


According to scientific estimations, humans are exposed to 10,000 to 100,000 environmental and exogenous compounds in an individual lifetime. Various molecules as well as co-exposures can impact drug efficacy. Credit: Pixabay Humans are exposed to various environmental or dietary molecules that can attenuate or even increase the effect of therapeutic drugs. Studies on the industrial […]

Berry-Flavored H.I.V. Medication Is Ready for Babies


The first infant formulation of dolutegravir, an important first-line H.I.V. medication, will be available soon under an agreement between several pharmaceutical companies and global health initiatives. The new formulation will be strawberry flavored and come in a tablet that dissolves in water or juice so babies can swallow it. In another announcement also linked to […]

UK’s aim to half maternal mortality by 2030 is challenged by social inequalities, increasing maternal age, obesity


The UK has is facing an uphill battle if it is to meet its ambitious target of halving maternal mortality by 2030 against a backdrop of increased social inequalities, increasing maternal age and obesity together with a rising number of caesarean sections, all contributory risk factors for maternal morbidity and mortality. The complex issues around […]

‘Molecular clock’ blood test could track spread of breast cancer


A histological slide of cancerous breast tissue. Credit: Dr Cecil Fox, National Cancer Institute A blood test to watch breast cancer’s ‘molecular clock’ could help track the growth of multiple tumours around the body and monitor how they are responding to treatment, new research suggests. The test could help identify the most actively growing tumours as […]

Protein commonly screened for in pregnancy is linked to gestational diabetes


Stained tissue showing changes in blood vessels in fat tissue between nonpregnant and pregnant women. Credit: R. Rojas-Rodriguez et al., Science Translational Medicine (2020) Laboratory research and analysis of epidemiological data by Silvia Corvera, MD, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, and colleagues show that low levels of a protein commonly seen in screening […]

Aim to exceed weekly recommended physical activity level to offset health harms of prolonged sitting


Credit: CC0 Public Domain New additional research shows that increasing physical activity can counter early death risk linked to long periods of sedentary time The health harms associated with prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in new global guidelines on physical activity and […]

350,000+ women likely missing out on key postnatal check-ups in the UK every year


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Every year more than 350,000 women in the UK may be missing out on key formal health and wellbeing check-ups following the birth of a child, reveals the largest study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Teen mums and those living in the most deprived areas of […]

U.S. leads wealthy nations in pregnancy-related deaths


(HealthDay)—American women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in other wealthy countries—and a national shortage of maternity care providers bodes ill for the future. Those are some of the findings from a new report on maternal mortality by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which compared the United States with 10 other […]

Argentine president brings bill to Congress in new push to legalise abortion


Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 02:33 Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced Tuesday he was bringing a new bill on legalising abortion to Congress, re-opening a debate that has bitterly divided the traditionally Catholic South American nation. The announcement set off celebrations among thousands of people outside the Congress building rallying in support of a plan to impose […]

What is it like to take part in a vaccine trial?


The Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida helped conduct clinical trials of coronavirus vaccines for both Pfizer and Moderna A key facet of the global mad scramble by Pfizer, Moderna and other pharma groups to develop a viable coronavirus vaccine is the recruitment of tens of thousands of volunteers willing to participate in clinical […]

Mayo Clinic Minute: Reversing a vasectomy


Human sperm stained for semen quality testing in the clinical laboratory. Credit: Bobjgalindo/Wikipedia People change their minds. Some men who had a vasectomy to become infertile might decide for whatever reason that they want to have more children. In those cases, vasectomy reversal can be an option. About a half-million vasectomies are performed every year […]

Model helps predict which infants may develop NAS


New clinical risk model predicts neonatal abstinence syndrome. Credit: Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy A new Vanderbilt-designed prediction model may make it easier to determine which infants will go on to develop neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns that occurs after exposure to opioids during pregnancy. According to recommendations from […]

Incidence of restless leg syndrome high in pregnancy


(HealthDay)—The incidence of restless leg syndrome (RLS) is high in pregnancy, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in Neurology. Muzi Na, Ph.D., from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and colleagues examined the relative risks of demographic, socioeconomic, and nutritional factors in association with the risk for any incident RLS in pregnancy […]

Genetic risk for fatal blood clots identified in IBD patients


Micrograph showing inflammation of the large bowel in a case of inflammatory bowel disease. Colonic biopsy. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Blood clots are the biggest cause of death in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. In a retrospective study recently published in the journal Gastroenterology, Cedars-Sinai investigators found that a combination […]

Chemicals in your living room cause diabetes


Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new UC Riverside study shows flame retardants found in nearly every American home cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic. These flame retardants, called PBDEs, have been associated with diabetes in adult humans. This study demonstrates that PBDEs cause diabetes in mice only exposed to the chemical […]

Support group aims to break silence on miscarriages in France


Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 18:27 In France, an estimated 200,000 miscarriages take place each year. Despite being the most common reason women visit emergency gynaecology services, silence reigns when it comes to discussing miscarriage while medical staff sometimes lack the time and training to direct women towards psychological support. FRANCE 24 observed a support group, ran by the […]

Risk for severe disease up for pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2


(HealthDay)—Pregnant women with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have increased risks for severe COVID-19-associated illness, according to research published in the Nov. 2 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Laura D. Zambrano, Ph.D., from the CDC COVID-19 Response Team, and colleagues provide updated […]

Warmer world linked to poor pregnancy results: study


Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, research shows Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, researchers said Wednesday. Such outcomes—closely linked to poverty, especially in the tropics—will likely increase with global warming, […]

Pregnant Women Face Increased Risks From Covid


Federal health officials on Monday added pregnancy to the list of conditions that put people with Covid-19 at increased risk of developing severe illness, including a heightened risk of death. While most pregnant women infected with the coronavirus have not become severely ill, the new caution is based on a large study that looked at […]

ACA’s expansion of Medicaid improved maternal health


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The period of time before pregnancy is critically important for the health of a woman and her infant, yet not all women have access to health insurance during this time. New research finds that the expansion of Medicaid for many states under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a positive impact […]

Canada should approve HIV self-testing


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Canada should integrate self-testing for HIV into the health system to help reduce the burden of the disease, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal. Self-testing for HIV (HIVST)—taking a saliva, urine or blood sample and interpreting the result, similar to a home pregnancy test—is available in the […]

Risks for prematurity, SGA, cesarean up with IBD in pregnancy


Credit: CC0 Public Domain (HealthDay)—The risks for prematurity, small for gestational age, and cesarean section are increased in pregnancies among women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published in the November issue of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Antoine Meyer, M.D., from the Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, and colleagues used data from the […]

Are There Any Mothers Out There Like Me?


A week later, I was in the office of my OB-GYN, telling her about my plans for artificial insemination. “Congratulations,” she said, the first I’d heard. She squeezed cold goop on my belly, pushed the ultrasound wand across it and said, “Good news, your follicles look nice and plump.” “Really?” I asked. “I see one […]

Study reveals factors that can make placenta less capable of protecting fetus from zika


Findings reported by Brazilian researchers in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases help explain why only some babies whose mothers are infected during pregnancy are born with microcephaly and other anomalies Credit: HUG-CELL/USP Genetic factors that reduce the placenta‘s capacity to protect the fetus from the zika virus are described by Brazilian researchers in an article published […]

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Studies Showing Waning Coronavirus Antibodies


The portion of people in Britain with detectable antibodies to the coronavirus fell by roughly 27 percent over a period of three months this summer, researchers reported Monday, prompting fears that immunity to the virus is short-lived. But several experts said these worries were overblown. It is normal for levels of antibodies to drop after […]

For pregnant women with heart disease, multidisciplinary care may be essential


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cardiovascular disease is now the number one cause of maternal mortality in the United States, but a new study suggests that care from a multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team may improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce hospital readmission rates. The study was conducted by researchers from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons […]

Thousands in Poland protest high court anti-abortion ruling


Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 12:11 Thousands of protesters vented fury across Poland over a top court ruling that declared abortions of fetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional, effectively narrowing one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. Police vans and units in riot gear were dispatched Friday to guard the Warsaw home of the leader of Poland‘s right-wing […]

Poland’s top court rules that abortion for congenital defects is unconstitutional


Issued on: 22/10/2020 – 22:38Modified: 22/10/2020 – 22:40 Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country’s abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Two judges in the 13-member Constitutional Court did not back the majority […]

Depression in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Childhood Asthma


A mother’s psychological distress during pregnancy may increase the risk for asthma in her child, a new study suggests. Researchers had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnaires on psychological stress in the second trimester of pregnancy, and again three years later. The mothers also completed questionnaires at two and six months after […]

Disputes over when life begins may block cutting-edge therapies like mitochondrial replacement


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has once again pushed the debate over when life begins into the headlines, which could have far-reaching effects on access to both current and emerging reproductive technologies. In 2006, Judge Barrett was one of the signatories on a newspaper […]

Let’s Talk About Constipation During Pregnancy


Constipation may be two to three times more common during and after pregnancy, Finnish researchers report. The scientists studied 877 women having babies, comparing them with 201 nonpregnant controls of the same age. They rated the women on the Rome IV criteria for diagnosing constipation, which considers five symptoms, including the amount of straining at […]

Reduced hormone supply in pregnant mothers linked to ADHD in their children


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Low levels of key, body-regulating chemicals in mothers during the first three months of pregnancy may interfere with the baby’s brain development, a large American study shows. These chemicals, or hormones, are produced in the thyroid gland in the neck and are known to influence fetal growth. Investigators have suspected that […]

Air pollution killed 500k newborns in 2019: global study


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Air pollution killed 476,000 newborns in 2019, with the biggest hotspots in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new global study which said that nearly two-thirds of the deaths came from noxious fumes from cooking fuels. More than 116,000 Indian infants died from air pollution in the first month of […]

Recognizing Miscarriage as an Occasion for Grief


There is a tendency to pathologize this grief, Dr. Hiefner said; if a 5-year-old died, no one would think it was comforting to say, “Oh well, you can have more kids, you’re still young,” but such messages are often offered to people after miscarriage and stillbirth, and they may be criticized if their grief persists. […]

Hippocrates and willow bark? What you know about the history of aspirin is probably wrong


Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Its main ingredient comes from a natural product, salicin, found in plants such as willow and myrtle. Aspirin is also a good example of how myths build up around ancient medicines. Its origins have been closely linked with Hippocrates, the famous ancient Greek […]

Big babies could be at higher risk of common heart rhythm disorder in adulthood


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Elevated birth weight is linked with developing atrial fibrillation later in life, according to research presented at the 31st Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). GW-ICC 2020 is a virtual meeting during 19 to 25 October. Study author Dr. Songzan Chen of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China said: “Our results suggest […]

IVF success rates higher at clinics that provide more outcomes data


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Success rates for in vitro fertilization are higher at clinics that voluntarily share more information than required by government regulators, according to new research by faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In a review of data reported between 2014 and 2017, CU researchers found that clinics that reported […]

PRIORITY-Studie zu COVID-19 bei nicht hospitalisierten Schwangeren: Längerer und unspezifischer Krankheitsverlauf


Bei Schwangeren können COVID-19-Symptome offenbar länger persistieren als bei anderen Erkrankten: Bei einem Viertel der Frauen, die an einer nationalen Studie in den USA teilnahmen, hielten sie bis zu 2 Monate oder länger an. In der bislang größten Studie zu COVID-19 bei nicht hospitalisierten Schwangeren analysierten die Forscher den klinischen Verlauf und die Outcomes von […]