How alcohol leads to birth defects – clues from embryo heart images

Scientists have found a way to image the very early development of the embryonic heart in research that may help them to explain how drinking alcohol in pregnancy can lead to heart defects at the baby’s birth. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

DOJ Responds to Birth Control Injunction

WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) — A group of Catholic nuns have no legal basis to challenge an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires them to allow a third party insurer to provide birth control coverage to their employees, the Justice Department said Friday. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Scientists use drug to repair rare birth defect

Scientists have developed a potential cure for a rare eye disease, showing for the first time that a drug can repair a birth defect. They formulated the drug Ataluren into eye drops, and found that it consistently restored normal vision in mice who had aniridia, a condition that severely limits the vision of about 5,000 […]

Pay and Practice: Birth Control Cases Advance

(MedPage Today) — The Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate may be several months away, but lower courts continue to hear various challenges. Pay and Practice is a blog for readers interested in health policy. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Low folate in male diet linked to risk of offspring birth defects

Previous research has shown that what mothers eat during pregnancy affects the health of their offspring. But now, a new study suggests that a father’s diet prior to conception could also play an important role in their child’s health, particularly when it comes to consumption of folate. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

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 […]

Endocrine-disrupting activity linked to birth defects, infertility near fracking sites

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News […]

Natural Labor and Delivery Tips

So, you want to have your baby naturally, avoiding all medication, anesthesia, and with minimal medical intervention?  It can be done!  Here are some tips to increase your success with having your baby naturally: Labor at home as long as you can.  Avoid rushing into the hospital the moment you feel a contraction.  As long […]

Nearly half of women at risk of preterm birth do not receive cheap drug that could prevent millions of newborn deaths

A major international study of more than 303,000 births in 29 low-income and middle-income countries has found that only half (52%) of women who are eligible to receive a simple, effective, low-cost treatment to prevent death and disability in their newborn babies are getting it. Use of antenatal corticosteroids was highly variable ranging from 16-20% […]

Low birth weight linked to higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in African American women

African American women born at a low or very low birth weight may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The findings may explain in part the higher occurrence of type 2 diabetes in African American populations, which has a high prevalence of low birth weight. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

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