Gloves after hand washing associated with fewer infections in preterm babies

Extremely premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit had fewer infections when medical staff wore gloves after washing their hands compared with hand washing alone. Even after hand washing, medical staff can still have microorganisms on their hands. This can be dangerous for extremely preterm newborns because of their immature immune systems and underdeveloped […]

Watching porn associated with male brain shrinkage

“Viewing porn shrinks the brain,” reports the Daily Mail. In a small study, MRI scans found that men who watched the most pornography had less grey matter – complex brain tissue – compared to men who watched the least. It found a weak to moderate correlation between the number of hours of porn viewed a […]

Response of unborn children to glucose associated with mother’s insulin sensitivity

A study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) is the first to provide direct evidence that fetal brain response to a dose of sugar given orally to its mother is associated with the mother’s insulin sensitivity. This may indicate that the risk of subsequent obesity and diabetes […]

Gene associated with cerebral palsy and death in very preterm babies

In a study to be presented on Feb. 6 at 2:45 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that a variant in SERPINE1, a gene involved in inflammation and blood clotting, is associated with cerebral palsy and death in very preterm babies. Pregnancy […]

Breastfeeding associated with lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to new study

In a new study of over 7,000 older Chinese women published online today in the journal Rheumatology, breastfeeding – especially for a longer duration – is shown to be associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Specifically, it showed that women who had breastfed their children were around half as likely to have […]