Vitamin D levels during pregnancy linked to offspring muscle strength

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that mothers who have a higher intake of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to have children with stronger muscles.Vitamin D is known to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream, as well as help cells to communicate. […]

Hospital-diagnosed maternal infections linked to increased autism risk

Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published Dec. 23 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

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

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 […]

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who did not eat nonfood […]

Iron deficiency and pica linked in pregnant teens

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood… Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

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

Fetal exposure to lead linked to obesity in mice

When we think of ill effects from lead exposure various neurologic problems usually come to mind. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

High-salt diet linked to 1.6 million heart deaths

"Salty diet ’causes 1.6 million deaths worldwide each year’," reports The Daily Telegraph. It goes on to quote a researcher saying this is "nearly 1 in 10 of all deaths from cardiovascular causes worldwide". This scary-sounding headline has a grain of truth in it, but the science it’s based on doesn’t prove that salt is […]

Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression. The headline is based on a small study that used brain scans to look at brain […]

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