Excessive folic acid found to alter brain development and behavior

Scientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Early predictor for preeclampsia found by researchers

A biomarker has been discovered that could give expecting mothers and their doctors the first simple blood test to reliably predict that a pregnant woman may develop preeclampsia, at least as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a cardiovascular disorder generally occurring late in pregnancy and often resulting in an early delivery, […]

Clues to stillbirths may be found in marmoset monkeys

The marmoset monkey may offer clues to reducing stillbirths in human mothers, according to new research. The marmoset, a squirrel-sized monkey indigenous to South America, reaches sexual maturity by 15 months of age. They have multiple births, usually twins and triplets. Adult females who were born into triplet litters get pregnant just as often as […]

Genetic patterns in preeclampsia found in study

A comprehensive review of preeclampsia genetics found important patterns among more than 500 significant genes. Among the insights is that different manifestations of the disease have distinct genetic underpinnings. The researchers plan to make their data freely searchable later this year. The bioinformatics insights provide a new resource for researchers and physicians who have been […]

Genetic risk factor for premature birth found

Researchers have discovered a genetic risk factor for premature birth. The risk factor is related to a gene that codes for a protein that the scientists have found helps the body’s immune cells recognize and fight Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria. These bacteria are found in the vagina or lower gastrointestinal tract of approximately 15 […]

Genetic trigger found for RSV-induced infant hospitalizations

A viral protein has been pinpointed that plays a major role in making respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) the most common cause of hospitalization in children under one year of age. The discovery is the first step toward identifying better diagnostics and potential treatments for an infection that strikes nearly all children before they reach the […]

Cervicovaginal microbiota found to be different in women destined to have preterm birth

In a study to be presented on Feb. 6 at 3:15 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that cervicovaginal (CV) microbiota differs in the late second and early third trimester in women destined to have a preterm birth. Pregnancy / Obstetrics […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman, dad of three, found dead

by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Philip Seymour Hoffman has died. The sad news of the actor’s passing broke Sunday morning, with the Wall Street Journal reporting the 46-year-old star has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment. Though the cause of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is not yet known, we do know he is… […]

Researchers analyse microbes found in neonatal intensive care unit

They are one of the cleanest environments in a hospital, but neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) still contain microbes, according to a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. The authors of this pilot study speculate that these non-pathogenic microbes then go on to populate the guts of premature babies, who do not have […]