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Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

Posted 1 day 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may have higher odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population, including pregnant women. But the researchers said it's too soon to routinely recommend "sunshine vitamin" supplements for mothers-to-be. "The study does not prove that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the risk of MS. Further studies are needed to confirm our results," said study leader Dr. Nete Munk Nielsen, a researcher at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. It's a chronic disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin, the fatty substance coating nerve fibers. MS symptoms vary, but can include walking difficulties, fatigue, numbness and vision problems. A growing body of evidence ... Read more

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New Fetal Views in 3-D

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Expectant parents may soon be able to view a three-dimensional virtual reality version of the fetus, researchers say. This is possible with new technology that combines MRI and ultrasound data into a 3-D that can be viewed with virtual reality devices. In tests, Brazilian researchers found that virtual reality fetal 3-D models are similar to the appearance of the newborn after birth. The models recreate the entire internal structure of the fetus, which can help doctors detect abnormalities. The research was to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), in Chicago. "The 3-D fetal models combined with virtual reality immersive technologies may improve our understanding of fetal anatomical characteristics and can be used for educational purposes and as a method for parents to visualize their unborn baby," said ... Read more

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Blood Test May Spot Babies at Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders occur when women drink large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy. The condition can affect a child's development and cause long-lasting physical and mental health problems. Being able to identify infants at risk for FASD might lead to early treatment and better outcomes, the researchers said. "It's a huge problem, but we might not realize the full scope because infants born with normal-looking physical features may be missed, making many cases difficult to diagnose early," study co-senior author Rajesh Miranda said in a Texas A&M University news release. He is a professor in the university's Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. Researchers examined the health and ... Read more

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Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – In the past decade, "self-harm" has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado, a new study finds. Of all 211 maternal deaths in Colorado between 2004 and 2012, 30 percent were attributed to self-harm. That included suicides and drug overdoses – most often in the year after a woman gave birth. Self-harm was the most common cause of maternal deaths – ahead of car accidents, medical conditions and homicide, the researchers said. It's not clear whether self-harm deaths are becoming more common, said lead researcher Dr. Torri Metz, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Denver Health Medical Center. Nor is it known whether other U.S. states are showing the same pattern, she said. But the results underscore the importance of screening pregnant women for depression, according to Metz. Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and ... Read more

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Urine Samples May Yield Clues to Fetal Health

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Urine samples in pregnancy may help doctors assess fetal growth and individualize recommendations for the baby's health, a new study contends. Abnormal fetal growth and birth weight are risk factors for chronic diseases later in life, including type 2 diabetes and obesity, the researchers noted. But metabolic substances in a mother's urine appear to indicate how large a baby will be at birth, the researchers said. Doctors ccould then suggest lifestyle changes to help maintain healthy fetal size, the researchers said in the Nov. 3 issue of BMC Medicine. "We used a technique called NMR spectroscopy to identify, for the first time, a panel of 10 urinary metabolites in the third trimester of pregnancy that were associated with greater fetal growth and increased birth weight," said study co-lead author Mireille Toledano, of Imperial College London in England. "These ... Read more

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Tdap Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine is safe for pregnant women who hope to pass their immunity on to their newborns, a new study shows. The vaccine does not appear to cause birth defects or any other major health problems for a developing fetus, according to a review of more than 324,000 live births between 2007 and 2013. "We basically showed there is no association between receiving the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy and these congenital [birth] defects, including microcephaly," said lead researcher Dr. Malini DeSilva. She is a clinical investigator for HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis. The study is part of ongoing efforts to monitor the safety of vaccines, DeSilva said. Her center is part of the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a collaborative project led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that includes health care ... Read more

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Every Day in the Womb Boosts Babies' Brain Development: Study

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – Carrying a baby as close to full term as possible is better for the baby's brain development, a new study suggests. "What this study shows us is that every day and every week of in utero development is critical," said study senior author Catherine Limperopoulos. She directs the Developing Brain Research Laboratory at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. "If at all possible, we need to keep fetuses in utero to protect them from the hazards that can occur in the extra uterine environment," she said in a hospital system news release. The researchers said that during the third trimester of pregnancy, the fetal brain grows exponentially. The brain increases fourfold in size during this time, the researchers added. The study included 75 preterm infants born before 32 weeks of pregnancy. The mean gestational age was 27 weeks. These babies weighed less ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleeping When You're Pregnant

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Sleep eludes many women during pregnancy for a variety of reasons. To help fight insomnia during pregnancy, the National Sleep Foundation suggests: Relax in a warm bath, get a massage from your partner, or write in a journal to help calm worries about your baby. Avoid large, spicy and greasy meals close to bedtime. Drink lots of fluids, but do so earlier in the day and limit fluids close to bedtime. Sleep with extra pillows. Try resting on your left side to help you get comfortable. Read more

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Doctors Should Promote Breast-Feeding to Patients: Panel

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Doctors should provide breast-feeding support and guidance to new mothers and pregnant women, an expert panel says. This includes education about the benefits of breast-feeding, encouragement and practical help on how to breast-feed, according to the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Primary care providers should help women make an informed choice about breast-feeding, the panel said. "Breast-feeding has real health benefits for babies and their mothers. Primary care clinicians can help new moms who breast-feed be successful," said task force member Ann Kurth, dean of the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn. "Primary care interventions to support breast-feeding are effective in increasing both the number of mothers who breast-feed and how long they breast-feed their babies," she added in a task force news release. Breast-feeding ... Read more

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Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women: Study

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Pregnancy may raise the risk of stroke in younger women, when compared to their non-pregnant peers, a new study suggests. While the overall risk in younger women is very small, it seems to rise during and after pregnancy, according to the study authors. It's not clear why the risk seems to exist, although the researchers said pre-eclampsia – which is dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy – may play a role. "We should be cautious about reading too much into these results," said study author Dr. Eliza Miller, a vascular neurology fellow with New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Still, "one in five strokes in women under the age of 35 in our study were related to pregnancy, while it was more like one in 100 in the 35-and-older crowd," she said. How do pregnancy and its aftermath seem to affect the risk of ... Read more

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Protein in Breast Milk May Reduce Hospital Infections in Preemies

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 – A protein in breast milk helps protect premature babies from hospital-acquired infections, according to a new study. "The majority of diseases affecting newborn preemies are hospital-acquired infections such as meningitis, pneumonia and urinary tract infections," said study lead author Dr. Michael Sherman. He is a retired professor of child health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo. "Not only did we find that lactoferrin, a protein found in breast milk, could reduce hospital infections among preemies, but we also measured the safety of feeding the protein to newborns," he said in a university news release. The study included 60 premature infants who were given lactoferrin through a feeding tube twice a day for 28 days, and 60 premature infants who received a placebo. Babies in the lactoferrin group had 50 percent fewer ... Read more

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Exercise Typically Healthy During Pregnancy, Olympic Panel Says

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn't appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for mom or baby, a new report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says. But the committee also noted that there isn't much evidence available on the impact of intense exercise during pregnancy, particularly the type carried out by elite athletes. Three U.S. pregnancy and exercise experts agreed that for most women, exercise is generally safe during pregnancy. But women used to intense workouts may need to take special precautions. "We know that for the average woman doing average exercise, there is no problem," said Dr. Bruce Young. He's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. "Being fit is great because labor is demanding physically. It's work. That is why we call it labor." But for ... Read more

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Americans Are Changing Their Supplements of Choice

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Traditional multivitamins are falling out of favor among Americans, while supplements such as vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics are gaining ground, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2012, Americans' overall use of supplements remained stable. Slightly more than half of adults said they took vitamins, minerals or some other type of dietary supplement. What's changed are the products of choice. Multivitamins and many individual vitamins and minerals are less popular, as are botanicals such as echinacea, ginseng and garlic extracts, the investigators found. On the other hand, more people are using vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics – "good" bacteria said to benefit the digestive system. Researchers said the findings make sense. "I did expect to see that vitamin D use would go up, and that fish oil would go up," said lead ... Read more

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DEET Repellents Safe in Pregnancy to Prevent Zika, Researchers Say

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – DEET insect repellents won't harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research analysis suggests. Exposure to the mosquito-transmitted virus during pregnancy can cause devastating birth defects, including microcephaly, which results in abnormally small heads and brains. Because of this, recommendations to mothers-to-be include protecting themselves from mosquito bites by using products containing DEET in areas where Zika is circulating. But some women worry that the repellents themselves might pose a toxic threat to an unborn child. Not so, say the authors of a new research review. "Given what we know about both Zika and DEET, the evidence overwhelmingly favors use of DEET-containing products," said Dr. Blair Wylie, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School's division of maternal-fetal ... Read more

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Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – While morning sickness may make you miserable in the early months of your pregnancy, it can signal that your baby is healthy and normal, new research shows. In the study, those who endured the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness were 50 percent to 75 percent less likely to experience a pregnancy loss. The review focused on women who'd already lost one or two pregnancies. "This should be reassuring for women experiencing these symptoms, which can be very taxing," said lead researcher Stefanie Hinkle. She is a staff scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md. As many as four out of five women report nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, the researchers said in background notes. Morning sickness often is cited as a sign of a healthy pregnancy, but little is known about it, Hinkle and other experts said. For ... Read more

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