Heart rate variability may predict risk of disease in premature infants

Measuring variability of heart rate may identify premature infants at risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious inflammatory condition that can lead to death, according to researchers. Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, may lead to destruction of the intestinal wall and vital organ failure. It affects 6 to 10 percent of premature infants within the first […]

Scientists predict dengue risk for Brazil World Cup

"Scientists have developed an ‘early warning system’ to alert authorities to the risk of dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the World Cup," BBC News reports. England fans planning to travel to Brazil are being warned about the risk of dengue fever after Brazilian researchers have developed a statistical model based on known risk factors […]

Genetics risk, prenatal smoking may predict behavioral problems

An interaction between prenatal smoking and genetic risk factors has been discovered by researchers, which increases aggressive behavior in children, especially in girls. “The interesting issue is that not all children exposed to prenatal smoking will have behavioral problems,” said the senior author on the study. “One possible explanation for this is that the effect […]

Can you really predict gender with these tricks?

by Krissie Schmidt posted in Mom Stories “Born under Venus, check for a…” I’ll admit, I stole that line from the first Rugrats movie when they were still expecting Dil to be a little girl. Do you have a friend that tries to pass off old wives’ tales as if they were science? People who… […]

Could a DNA test predict obesity risk in children?

“A DNA blood test can predict obesity levels in children as they grow up, scientists claim,” the Metro reports. The test, which is based on measuring “switches” in DNA, may help identify children who would benefit from early intervention. This was a small study of 40 children who had their DNA analysed during early childhood. […]