foetal development

Link between vitamin D in pregnancy and autism
Link between vitamin D in pregnancy and autism (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. The discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in brain development, said lead researcher Professor Darryl Eyles, ... Read More »

More Extremely Preterm Babies Survive
More Extremely Preterm Babies Survive (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Babies born at just 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy continue to have sobering outlooks – only about 1 in 3 survive. But according to a new study led by Duke Health and appearing Feb. 16 in the New England Journal of ... Read More »

Baby’s Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Women’s Immunity
Baby’s Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Women’s Immunity (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

Women have claimed for years that their bodies react differently whether they’re pregnant with a male or female baby. Some studies suggest that a baby’s sex could play a role in why some women report differences with morning sickness, cravings ... Read More »

The reasons for our left or right-handedness
The reasons for our left or right-handedness (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

Unlike hitherto assumed, the cause is not to be found in the brain. It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord. This has been inferred from the research results compiled by ... Read More »

Helping premature babies breathe
Helping premature babies breathe (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A study at The University of Western Australia that looked into ways of preventing respiratory health problems in premature babies has been listed in the top 10 projects for 2015 at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Awards. ... Read More »

Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb
Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

The process of ageing begins even before we are born, according to an international team of researchers, including lead author Dr Beth Allison who has now returned to The Ritchie Centre at Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University ... Read More »

Zika Virus – be alert, not alarmed say experts
Zika Virus – be alert, not alarmed say experts (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

University of Sydney experts say a causal relationship between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected but not yet proven as the WHO declared the mosquito-borne virus a global public health threat. The World Health Organisation Director-General ... Read More »

Why Fish Intake by Pregnant Women Improves the Growth of a Child’s Brain
Why Fish Intake by Pregnant Women Improves the Growth of a Child’s Brain (2 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

Researchers at Tohoku University’s School of Medicine have found an explanation for the correlation between eating fish during pregnancy, and the health of the baby’s brain. Dietary lipid contains fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3, which are essential nutrients ... Read More »

Importance of universal newborn hearing screening
Importance of universal newborn hearing screening (1 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5)

The findings from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study have demonstrated the success of universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS). Researchers found that hearing loss was detected on average eight months earlier in children who had undergone UNHS, than those who ... Read More »

Mothers-to-be and babies benefit from group prenatal care
Mothers-to-be and babies benefit from group prenatal care (2 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

Group prenatal care can substantially improve health outcomes for both mothers and their infants, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. The paper was published online Dec. 17 in The American Journal of Public ... Read More »

 
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