Natural birth may strengthen immune system, mouse study shows

New knowledge about the immune system has been uncovered by a mouse study, which indicates that natural birth improves the immune system of the pups. Newborns delivered by natural birth are exposed to more bacteria from the mother. The newborn baby’s immune system in this way learns to distinguish between its own harmless molecules and […]

Infant toenails reveal in utero exposure to low-level arsenic, study finds

Infant toenails are a reliable way to estimate arsenic exposure before birth, a study shows. A growing body of evidence suggests that in utero and early-life exposure to arsenic may have detrimental effects on children, even at the low to moderate levels common in the United States and elsewhere. The fetus starts to develop toenails […]

Birth in War: an Ethnographic Study in Afghanistan

“Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan? Words have been spilled generously attempting to describe the difficult terrain (both topological and […]

Father’s ethnic background influences birthweight, study finds

A father’s ethnic background can influence a child’s birthweight, a new study has found. Current birthweight curves — graphs used to plot how one baby’s weight compares to others of the same age — assume that the parents are of Western European descent. That means many babies of an East Asian or South Asian mother […]

Sun tanning ‘addictive’ suggests study

“Sunbathing ‘may be addictive’ warning,” BBC News reports. Researchers have investigated why, despite all the evidence of the harm it can cause (namely increased skin cancer risk), people continue to want a tan. Is it purely for aesthetic purposes, or is it due to one of the leading reasons people persist in self-destructive behaviour, addiction? […]

Text messaging program benefits pregnant women, study finds

The leading mobile health service in the nation, Text4baby, was found to significantly benefit pregnant women, according to a new study. The pilot study examined several things including the short-term effects of Text4baby exposure four weeks post enrollment on attitudes, beliefs and behaviors targeted by the text messages. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

New study finds smart phones decrease male fertility

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories With the advancement of science we are on the verge of a fertility revolution. Future moms and dads are devouring any and all information regarding conception. Thanks to science, individuals who may have been rendered barren in past decades are now able to successfully conceive and have children… […]

Antipsychotic medication during pregnancy does affect babies, study shows

A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. The observational study reveals that while most women gave birth to healthy babies, the use of mood stabilizers or higher doses of antipsychotics during pregnancy increased the need for special care after birth with 43 per cent of babies […]

You can train a toddler to eat veggies, study claims

“Children can learn to eat new vegetables if they are introduced regularly before the age of two,” BBC News reports. A new study suggests that the key is to introduce them ‘early and often’. The challenge of introducing vegetables into a child’s diet is that some toddlers, as their parents will testify, are notoriously fussy […]

Many children affected by PTSD after traffic accidents, Swedish study finds

Many children who are injured in traffic is subsequently affected by post traumatic stress disorder, a new study has shown. Many continue to suffer from mental and psychosocial problems one year after the accident. In addition, the rate still remains low of children who are involved in traffic accidents while wearing a helmet when cycling. […]

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