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Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. And when the researchers used a less-strict estimate, the ...

Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior ...

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – About 119,000 children worldwide are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a new report finds. The syndrome refers to a group of conditions that include poor growth for the baby both in the womb and after birth, and mental, physical and developmental problems for the child that can last through adulthood, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. ...

Study Details Dire Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Disorders

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – The many behavioral problems experienced by children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders require early attention, a new research review suggests. This group of health problems – caused by mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy – may include anxiety, aggression, inattention and more, the researchers found. They analyzed published studies and identified three main ...

Does Mom's Cellphone Startle the Fetus?

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant. "We wanted to see what these devices can do to the fetus," ...

Placenta Test Measures Babies' Exposure to Arsenic

Posted 7 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – A pregnant woman's placenta can reliably measure exposure to the toxic metal arsenic in both the mother and her unborn baby, new research finds. "Our findings show placental arsenic concentrations reflect both maternal and fetal biomarker concentrations," said the study's lead author, Tracy Punshon, a research assistant professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth ...

Equal Numbers of Males, Females Are Conceived: Study

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 30, 2015 – Many scientists believe human conception produces more male than female embryos, with male embryos less likely to survive. But, a new study suggests that equal numbers of males and females are conceived and female embryos are less likely to survive. "It looks like more females die during pregnancy than males," said Steven Orzack, a senior research scientist with the ...

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