Potential link between fathers’ diabetes and low birth weight

One of the first studies to use recently released data from the UK Biobank has provided the strongest evidence yet for a link between fathers’ diabetes and low birth weight. The research shows that your dad can influence your size at birth and that diabetes genes may explain some of this effect. Pregnancy / Obstetrics […]

Link shown between inflammation in maternal blood, schizophrenia in offspring

Maternal inflammation as indicated by the presence in maternal blood of early gestational C-reactive protein — an established inflammatory biomarker — appears to be associated with greater risk for schizophrenia in offspring. “Inflammation has been shown to alter brain development in previous studies, and schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Thus, this study provides an important […]

Short intervals between pregnancies result in decreased pregnancy length

Women who have short intervals between pregnancies of less than 18 months are more likely to see a decrease in the length of subsequent pregnancies, finds a new study. The study looked at 454,716 live births from women with two or more pregnancies over a six year period. The researchers looked at the influence of […]

Potential association between soy formula, seizures in children with autism

A higher rate of seizures among children with autism has been detected in those who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein. The study found excess seizures among girls and in the total sample of 1,949 children. The soy-seizure link reached borderline significance among boys, who comprised 87 percent of the […]

Link between missing DNA, birth defects confirmed

The genetic basis for a particular human syndrome that involves cleft palate, epilepsy and respiratory difficulties has been identified by researchers. Better understanding of these genes could help guide treatments for related conditions. “Epilepsy and cleft palate affect tens of thousands of children in the U.S. alone each year,” authors said, “and respiratory failure is […]

The Surprising Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

by Alicia Lawrence If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is the window to your general well-being. Over the years, scientists have found a number of surprising connections between the state of what’s in your mouth – […] ? Read the rest of this entry… (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The […]

Link discovered between bacteria and premature breaking of waters during pregnancy

A high presence of bacteria at the site where fetal membranes rupture may be the key to understanding why some pregnant women experience their “water breaking” prematurely, researchers at Duke Medicine report.The findings, published online in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that the bacterial presence is associated with thinning of the fetal membranes. Pregnancy / […]