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17 Sep

HPV Infection Linked to Preterm Birth, Study Finds

Pregnant women with certain strains of the human papillomavirus are at increased risk of preterm delivery, researchers say.

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23 Sep
Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Sept. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may help stave off preterm birth among women who develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

Preeclampsia is marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, pro...

20 Sep
HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts....

06 Sep
Breastfeeding May Strengthen a Baby's Heart

Breastfeeding May Strengthen a Baby's Heart

Breast milk can give preemies' hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests.

"This study … adds to the already known benefits of breast milk for infants born prematurely," said study leader Dr. Afif El-Khuffash, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Royal Co...

30 Aug
Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

Soothing Sound: Mom's Voice Eases Preemies' Pain

Mothers are known for drying their little ones' tears, sometimes with a hug, a song or a kiss on a scraped knee.

So, perhaps it isn't a surprise that new research shows the sounds of mom's voice provide comfort and even pain relief to the tiniest ones, premature babies....

26 Aug
Wildfire Smoke Could Raise Odds for Preterm Delivery

Wildfire Smoke Could Raise Odds for Preterm Delivery

The health impact of wildfires is already huge, and new research suggests it might also raise a mom-to-be's risk for preterm birth, according to a new study.

Wildfire smoke contains high levels of PM 2.5, the deadliest type of pollution from particles so fine they can em...

11 Aug
'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

Babies born prematurely, even just a couple weeks early, may be at increased risk of autism, a large new study suggests.

It's long been known that autism, a developmental brain disorder, is more common among children who were born preterm -- before the 37th week of pregn...

03 Aug
No Sign COVID Raises Odds for Preterm Delivery, Stillbirths

No Sign COVID Raises Odds for Preterm Delivery, Stillbirths

In a sign that the pandemic may have spared pregnant women and their newborns, a new Canadian study suggests there was no increase in preterm births or stillbirths during the first year of the pandemic.

Some studies found preterm birth rates in countries such as the Neth...

30 Jul
Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral Palsy

Premature Delivery Raises Odds for Cerebral Palsy

Extremely premature babies have a much higher risk of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions than full-term infants, a large Israeli study affirms.

Cerebral palsy -- the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination -- is the mos...

13 Jul
Vaping During Pregnancy Could Raise Odds for 'Preemie' Babies

Vaping During Pregnancy Could Raise Odds for 'Preemie' Babies

Women who use electronic cigarettes during pregnancy may be at heightened risk of having an underweight or preterm baby, a new study suggests.

The study of more than 79,000 U.S. mothers found that when women regularly used e-cigarettes late in pregnancy, their babies' ri...

18 Jun
Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers, a new study finds.

The researchers screened for depression in 431 parents of premature infants in a neonatal intensive care...

03 Jun
Healthy Eating Lowers Pregnancy Complication Risk

Healthy Eating Lowers Pregnancy Complication Risk

If you're planning to get pregnant or already "eating for two," sticking to a healthy diet may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, researchers say.

The new study included nearly 1,900 women who completed diet questionnaires at eight to 13 weeks of ...

28 May
Skin-to-Skin Contact Could Boost Survival of Very Premature Babies

Skin-to-Skin Contact Could Boost Survival of Very Premature Babies

In a finding that demonstrates the power of a mother's touch, new research shows that immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact with mom reduces the risk of death for low-weight newborns in poorer nations.

"The idea of giving skin-to-skin contact immediately after de...

17 May
Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as Men

Boys Born Very Prematurely May Age Faster as Men

Boys who weigh less than 2 pounds at birth don't age as well as their normal-weight peers, a long-term study finds.

Canadian researchers have followed a group of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies and their normal-weight counterparts since 1977.

When partici...

10 May
Pregnancy Within 1 Year of Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

Pregnancy Within 1 Year of Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks

Women who get pregnant within a year of having weight-loss surgery are more likely to have preterm and smaller-than-normal babies, a new study suggests.

Dutch researchers said their findings support current recommendations to avoid pregnancy for 12 to 24 months after wei...

29 Apr
Being Born Even a Bit Early Might Hamper Child's Development

Being Born Even a Bit Early Might Hamper Child's Development

Being born even slightly premature might still raise a child's risk of developmental problems, a new study finds.

Preemies often have developmental issues, but previous research has tended to focus on those born extremely preterm (22-26 weeks' gestation), so less is know...

26 Apr
Why COVID Infection Raises Risks in Pregnancy

Why COVID Infection Raises Risks in Pregnancy

A strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19 by the placenta may help explain why infected pregnant women face a higher risk of complications, such as preterm birth and preeclampsia, researchers say.

The Yale University team analyzed blood and placental tis...

26 Apr
Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to Newborn

Low Risk of Mom Passing COVID to Newborn

The risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of COVID-19 is low, but the illness in pregnant women can trigger preterm birth, researchers say.

The new study looked at 255 babies born in Massachusetts last year to mothers with a recent positive test for COVID-19.

Only...

05 Apr
Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.

More than 20 years ago, researchers in Israel began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their mothers.

The investigators...

01 Apr
Stillbirths, Other Pregnancy Complications Up During Pandemic

Stillbirths, Other Pregnancy Complications Up During Pandemic

THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (HealthDayNews) -- The ripple effect of the COVID-19 scourge has led to more complications among pregnant women worldwide, including an increase in stillbirths, a new study says.

The research review also found higher rates of maternal deaths and d...

24 Mar
Drug Used to Prevent Miscarriages May Be Upping Cancer Rates Decades Later

Drug Used to Prevent Miscarriages May Be Upping Cancer Rates Decades Later

Kids born to moms who took a drug widely used to prevent miscarriages in the 1950s and 1960s may be twice as likely to develop cancer in adulthood.

The drug in question, hydroxyprogesterone caproate, also known as OHPC or 17-OHPC, is a man-made version of the hormone pro...

15 Mar
Common Household Chemicals Tied to Preemie Births

Common Household Chemicals Tied to Preemie Births

Even when women do their best to have a safe pregnancy, chemicals commonly found in the home could still raise their risk for premature delivery, a new study shows.

The chemicals -- called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) -- are used as flame retardants in items li...

09 Mar
Eviction During a Pregnancy Is Dangerous for Women and Newborns

Eviction During a Pregnancy Is Dangerous for Women and Newborns

Being pregnant triggers a lot of feelings. For many, there is joy, expectation and sometimes a little nervousness about what's to come.

Yet not all pregnant women start this journey on the same footing, and for some, such as those who are facing eviction while pregnant, ...

08 Mar
New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

New First Look at the Tiniest Babies' Lungs

Researchers who recorded the most detailed images ever made of newborns' lungs as they took their first breaths say the breakthrough could improve treatment of breathing problems in babies.

"Respiratory problems are the most common reason we need to treat babies in inten...

24 Feb
COVID in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for 'Preemie' Delivery

COVID in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for 'Preemie' Delivery

In this pandemic era, moms-to-be understandably worry about the risks COVID-19 might pose to their baby. A new study offers some answers.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth. But they don't have an increased risk of stillbirth or baby ...

27 Jan
Heart Disease Remains No. 1 Killer, But COVID Will Have Big Impact

Heart Disease Remains No. 1 Killer, But COVID Will Have Big Impact

Heart disease is likely to remain the world's leading cause of death for years to come, partially due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an American Heart Association report predicts.

Heart disease deaths worldwide rose 17.1% over the past decade, with nearly 18.6 mill...

28 Dec
Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study Finds

Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study Finds

Exposure to metals may disrupt pregnant women's hormones and boost the odds of complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a new study.

Metals such as nickel, arsenic, cobalt and lead have been associated with pregnancy complicati...

27 Nov
Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids

Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids

Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term, a new study says.

Health problems are common in premature babies, though the risk falls as they grow up. But researchers said it has been unclear when the risk begins t...

21 Oct
Fewer Painful Procedures Could Help Preemies' Brain Development: Study

Fewer Painful Procedures Could Help Preemies' Brain Development: Study

Giving fewer needle sticks to premature newborns in the intensive care unit may improve growth of a key brain area, a new study suggests.

The thalamus relays sensory data from the body to the rest of the brain, where it registers as pain, touch or temperature.

...

25 Sep
Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

There may be a slightly increased risk of autism for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation, according to a new study.

Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the causes of autism, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to p...

08 Sep
Could Antibiotics Make Breast Milk Less Healthy for Babies?

Could Antibiotics Make Breast Milk Less Healthy for Babies?

Mom's breast milk can be altered by antibiotics in ways that might harm an infant's health, according to a new study.

The Canadian researchers were particularly concerned with an increase in bacteria that can be harmful, namely a bacterium called Pseudomonas t...

07 Jul
Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid Function

Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid Function

Exposure to iodine in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may increase a baby's risk for loss of thyroid function, a new study suggests.

Iodine solutions are often used as disinfectants on the skin before surgical or other medical procedures. Iodine also is give...

29 Jun
Preterm Birth Ups Mom's Long-Term Heart Disease Risk: Study

Preterm Birth Ups Mom's Long-Term Heart Disease Risk: Study

Over a lifetime, women who've had a preterm delivery have a higher risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

The findings point to the fact that doctors should include a woman's reproductive history in assessments of heart disease risk, according to the researche...

18 Jun
Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Here's more bad news associated with climate change: Pregnant women exposed to air pollution or heat waves face a greater risk of having a preterm or underweight baby, a new research review finds.

The review, of 68 studies from across the United States, found that th...

03 Jun
Living Near Oil, Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight Infants

Living Near Oil, Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight Infants

Pregnant women who live near active oil and gas wells may be at risk for having low birth weight infants, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed nearly 3 million births to Californians living within six miles of an oil or gas well between 2006 and 2015.

...

25 May
'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

Skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies -- often called "kangaroo care" -- provides major benefits to preemies' hearts and brains, Australian researchers say.

They assessed 40 babies born about 10 weeks early with an average weight of 2.9 pounds. Normal birth...

21 May
COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese

COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese

Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests.

As with all things COVID-19, researchers have had limited information on whether preg...

01 May
Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm Birth: Study

Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm Birth: Study

Even if their first pregnancy results in a full-term baby, women who had complications may be at increased risk of a preterm delivery next time around, researchers say.

Women who deliver full-term babies are generally considered to have a low risk of delivering befor...

08 Apr
Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature  Birth: Study

Vaginal Bacteria Could Help Predict Risk of Premature Birth: Study

The makeup of bacteria in an expectant mother's vagina may help identify which women are most at risk of giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

It also found that pregnant women who deliver early are more likely to have a diverse community of vaginal bacteria....

16 Mar
Babies Are Spared Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Babies Are Spared Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Infants can become infected with the new coronavirus, but their bouts with COVID-19 appear to be milder than those of older folks and people with chronic health problems, experts say.

Doctors in China tracked nine babies infected with coronavirus that they apparently...

11 Mar
Preemies' Impaired Immune Systems Quickly Catch Up: Study

Preemies' Impaired Immune Systems Quickly Catch Up: Study

Premature infants' immune systems develop at a rate similar to full-term infants, a new study finds.

British researchers tracked immune system development in babies born before 32 weeks, including identifying different immune cell populations and the types of bacteri...

10 Mar
Could Dad-to-Be's Health Affect His Newborn's Health?

Could Dad-to-Be's Health Affect His Newborn's Health?

The health of both mom and dad are key to a healthy pregnancy and birth, new research finds.

In the study of nearly 786,000 births, researchers found that dads who weren't in the best of health were more likely to have preterm and low birth weight infants who ...

24 Jan
Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

A daily baby aspirin helped first-time mothers lower their chances of delivering too soon in a new clinical trial, though it's not clear the practice should become routine everywhere.

The trial, which was run in six lower-income countries, found that giving first-ti...

20 Jan
'Kangaroo Care' Reduces Infant Deaths

'Kangaroo Care' Reduces Infant Deaths

Low birth weight babies stand a better chance of surviving when their mothers hold them close throughout the day, a new study finds.

This technique is called kangaroo care because it mimics how kangaroos shield their babies in their pouch.

In women, it inv...

03 Dec
Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, Babies

Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, Babies

Poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy puts mothers and their babies at increased risk for serious complications, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed more than 100,000 pregnancies in more than 58,000 women with asthma in Canada.

Compared to those who...

02 Dec
Another Possible Effect of Climate Change: More Preemie Babies

Another Possible Effect of Climate Change: More Preemie Babies

Rising temperatures might help trigger premature birth, a new study finds, suggesting that global warming could deliver more "preemie" babies.

Looking at 20 years of data on heat waves and birth timing across the United States, researchers "estimate that an average o...

19 Nov
Umbilical Cord 'Milking' Procedure Dangerous for Preemies: Study

Umbilical Cord 'Milking' Procedure Dangerous for Preemies: Study

Squeezing the last drops of blood from the umbilical cord has been touted to help preterm babies get more of the nutrients they need, but it may be dangerous, a new study finds.

When umbilical cord blood is forced into the baby's abdomen, the pressure can cause tin...

08 Nov
Abnormal Gut Microbiome May Stunt Preemies' Growth

Abnormal Gut Microbiome May Stunt Preemies' Growth

The gut microbiome of premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) may hinder their future growth, new research shows.

The study included 78 infants who weighed less than 3 pounds at birth. Their stool samples were tested weekly for their first six week...

22 Oct
Good News for Parents: Many Preemie Babies Grow Up Fine

Good News for Parents: Many Preemie Babies Grow Up Fine

Having a premature baby can be frightening for parents, but new research delivers a calming finding: Many premature babies end up as healthy adults without major illnesses.

The study of more than 2.5 million children found that more than half of those born prematurel...

16 Oct
Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Sex, Preterm Delivery Risk: Study

Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Sex, Preterm Delivery Risk: Study

Physical and mental stress during pregnancy may influence the baby's sex, and physical stress may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

Researchers assessed 187 healthy pregnant women between 18 and 45 years of age. About 17% were mentally str...

13 Sep
Links Between Smog, 2nd Pregnancies and Preterm Birth

Links Between Smog, 2nd Pregnancies and Preterm Birth

Exposure to higher levels of air pollution in a second pregnancy than in a first may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study says.

U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers analyzed data from more than 50,000 women who gave birth in 20 hospitals in Utah ...

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