US experts say high blood pressure is overtreated

“Your blood pressure might not be as high as you think: Doctors say some older people may not need medication,” the Mail Online says, reporting on new US guidance for doctors on when to prescribe blood pressure tablets. The Mail identifies that US experts have recommended adults over the age of 60 should only be […]

Researchers explore how mothers’ blood sugar levels influence child fat

Researchers from Manchester have begun a new study to determine whether blood sugar levels during pregnancy, lower than the level used to diagnose gestational diabetes, influences later levels of body fat in children and development of diabetes in mothers after giving birth. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Cord blood banking: Snake oil or lifesaver?

by Victoria Merkys posted in Mom Stories If there were a remote possibility that banking your child’s cord blood could save their life or a family members life, you would do it in a heartbeat, right? If you take a closer look at the facts, the cost, and the statistics all together, you may or… […]

Should donor blood be screened for hepatitis E?

"One in almost every 3,000 blood donors in England could be infected with hepatitis E, according to a new study," The Times reports. Hepatitis E normally causes only a mild infection that usually clears up without the need for treatment. It can occasionally lead to more serious complications in more vulnerable groups, such as pregnant […]

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 […]

Malaria severity not determined solely by parasite levels in blood

Although malaria kills some 600,000 African children each year, most cases of the mosquito-borne parasitic disease in children are mild. Repeated infection does generate some immunity, and episodes of severe malaria are unusual once a child reaches age 5. However, the relative contributions of such factors as the level of malaria-causing parasites in a person’s […]

Could young blood ‘slow’ ageing?

“Vampire treatment with young blood reverses ageing process,” The Independent reports. But before you get too excited, we should clarify that the headlines relate to a study on mice. The research involved connecting the circulation of young and aged mice, to discover how this affected the area of the brain involved with learning and memory. […]

Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidy by testing mothers blood at 10 weeks of pregnancy

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine potentially has significant implications for prenatal testing for major fetal chromosome abnormalities. The study found that in a head-to-head comparison of noninvasive prenatal testing using cell free DNA (cfDNA) to standard screening methods, cfDNA testing (verifi® prenatal test, Illumina, Inc. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical […]

Better blood pressure management during c-section with automated blood pressure management system

New trial results1 have shown that the world’s first Double Intravenous Vasopressor Automated (DIVA) System affords superior control of maternal blood pressure in women undergoing caesarean section under spinal anaesthesia, when compared with manually-administered medication to manage reduced blood pressure (vasopressor). Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Media hype blood clot risk of birth control pills

“Deadly risk of pill used by 1m women: Every GP in Britain told to warn about threat from popular contraceptive,” reports the Mail Online. Combined hormonal contraceptives (or “the pill”) are in the news after letters were sent to doctors to tell them about the latest evidence on the risk of thromboembolism (blood clots) associated with […]

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