Hospital infection in pregnancy tied to higher risk of autism

A new study finds that hospital-diagnosed bacterial infections in pregnancy are associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders.Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research report their findings in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Stroke risk ‘higher at start of warfarin treatment’

“Warfarin doubles risk of stroke in first week for irregular heartbeat sufferers,” reports The Daily Telegraph. Warfarin is a drug known to reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, but the results of the study this headline is based on suggest that particular care should be taken when treatment is started. Atrial […]

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

Mothers with higher BMI have increased risk of stillbirth, infant death

Higher maternal body mass index (BMI) before or in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death, with women who are severely obese having the greatest risk of these outcomes from their pregnancy, according to a study. The authors suggest that several biological mechanisms could explain the association […]

C-section babies have higher odds of being overweight adults

Researchers from Imperial College London in the UK have found that babies born by Caesarean section are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than those born by vaginal delivery. Publishing their results in the journal PLOS ONE, the team says mothers should be aware of these potential long-term consequences for their children. […]

Low pre-pregnancy levels of specific protein linked to higher risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Women with low levels of an important protein known to bind to sex hormones prior to pregnancy were five times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women with higher levels of the protein, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

National Birth Defects Prevention Month underscores need for higher choline intake

Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) found that during pregnancy, and particularly during the third trimester, large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development. Conclusions of the research revealed that current recommendations may be too low. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Heart failure patients may have higher cancer risk

“Heart attacks increase the risk of developing cancer,” is the completely inaccurate headline on the Mail Online website. The Mail was attempting to report on a study looking at cancer risk in people with heart failure. This is where damage to the heart means that it fails to pump blood around the body efficiently. Researchers […]

Premature babies ‘at higher risk for asthma’

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 million babies are born premature every year, which means they are born before 37 weeks. But new research suggests that risks are higher than previously thought for preterm babies to develop childhood asthma, compared with their full-term counterparts. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Adolescent mothers with higher educational hopes give birth to heavier babies

Indicators of higher academic achievement, including aspirations, in adolescent mothers seems to correlate with higher birth weight for their babies, according to research published in open access journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Higher birth weight is associated with healthier babies. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

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