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

Pre-term birth leads to increased risk of asthma, wheezing disorders

Researchers have published findings strongly suggesting that preterm birth — prior to 37 weeks gestation — increases the risk of asthma and wheezing disorders during childhood, and that the risk of developing these conditions increases as the degree of prematurity increases. The findings are based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of 30 studies that […]

Novel simplified IVF procedure leads to first live births

A recent prospective study published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online comparing conventional IVF with a novel simplified laboratory method of culturing embryos suggested that fertilization and implantation rates were similar for the simplified system when compared with those reported by conventional IVF programs. Sixteen healthy babies have already been born with this new method. Pregnancy / […]

Exposure to retinoid deficiency in utero leads to bronchial hyperresponsiveness as adults in mouse model

Individuals with asthma and COPD are subject to debilitating bronchospasm as a result of airways that are hyperresponsive to stimuli. Factors that lead to the development of airway hyperresponsiveness are not well characterized. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today