New research from Western shows exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking

New research from Western University shows that pregnant women wishing to quit smoking should exercise and just 15 to 20 minutes of walking is enough to stave off most tobacco cravings. According to recent statistics, 19 per cent of Canadian women between 20 to 24 years reported smoking during their most recent pregnancy. Pregnancy / […]

Rare cause of anemia in newborns often overlooked, research suggests

Some babies diagnosed with and treated for a bone marrow failure disorder, called Diamond Blackfan Anemia, may actually be affected by a very rare anemia syndrome that has a different disease course and treatment, say scientists. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News

Maternal health leaders propose research agenda for preconception care

The concept of preconception care has emerged in recent years as a potentially vital tool for not only improving adolescent girls’ and women’s chances of having healthy pregnancies and newborns, but of supporting their reproductive health status over time.  It holds special promise for women and couples who have particular health needs, such as HIV-positive […]

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New research characterizes in-flight pediatric deaths: 90% of deaths in children under age 2

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that lap infants may be at greater risk for death on a commercial airline flight. The study analyzed pediatric medical emergencies on flights worldwide between January 2010 and June 2013 and found 90 percent of deaths occurred in children under the age of 2. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Cavities are contagious, research shows

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease, new research demonstrates. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. Parents should make their […]

Zebrafish neuron research may improve understanding of birth defects like spina bifida

The zebrafish, a tropical freshwater fish similar to a minnow and native to the southeastern Himalayan region, is well established as a key tool for researchers studying human diseases, including brain disorders. Using zebrafish, scientists can determine how individual neurons develop, mature and support basic functions like breathing, swallowing and jaw movement. Pregnancy / Obstetrics […]

New research reinforces danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant

Women who drink alcohol at moderate or heavy levels in the early stages of their pregnancy might damage the growth and function of their placenta – the organ responsible for supplying everything that a developing infant needs until birth – research at The University of Manchester shows. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Research shows women trying hard to avoid unwanted pregnancy

Most women experiencing unwanted pregnancy report they used a contraceptive at the time they conceived, data released by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) shows. Older women undergoing abortion were less likely to have used contraception than women under 30, which may reflect their belief they are no longer fertile. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From […]

Could stem cell research spell the end of baldness?

“Baldness has plagued men for centuries, but the dreaded comb-over may soon be history,” The Times reports, somewhat prematurely. This news comes from laboratory research in which human skin cells were injected into mice. No human has yet been treated for baldness using stem cells. The researchers grew stem cells from human skin. They then […]