Weight-loss surgery tied to lower risk of birth defects, reveals study

Women with severe obesity who have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight before becoming pregnant may be less likely to have babies with birth defects than similar women who don’t have weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests

Weight-loss surgery tied to lower risk of birth defects, reveals studyAs reported in JAMA, researchers examined data on more than 33,000 women with a history of severe obesity who gave birth, including 2,921 who had gastric bypass surgery and lost weight before conception. Overall, 3.4% of women who had surgery had babies with major birth defects, compared with 4.9% of women who didn’t have weight-loss […]

Stress during pregnancy can increase the risk of preterm birth, finds study  

It’s becoming well established that maternal stress during pregnancy can affect foetal and child development as well as birth outcomes, and a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York-Presbyterian now identifies the types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most

Stress during pregnancy can increase the risk of preterm birth, finds study  The study was published online in the journal PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The womb is an influential first home, as important as the one a child is raised in, if not more so,” says study leader Catherine Monk, Ph.D., professor of medical psychology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians […]

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia risk

A healthy diet rich in fibre is generally recommended, but new research shows it could be even more important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia riskPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, the Barwon Infant Study from Deakin University, Monash University, James Cook University and the Australian National University collaborated to investigate the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria […]

#WorldSightDay: Premature babies bear risk of turning blind due to untreated ROP

Doctors underline the fact that lack of screening in premature babies is the reason that many children are turning blind. Experts say, pre-term babies bear the risk of blindness due to untreated Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Blindness caused by ROP is avoidable, but there's also lack of facilities in rural places.

#WorldSightDay: Premature babies bear risk of turning blind due to untreated ROPMany doctors are underlining the fact that lack of screening in premature babies is the reason that many children are going blind. According to experts, pre-term babies fear the risk of blindness due to untreated Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Blindness caused by ROP is avoidable, but experts point that lack of preterm screening can make […]

Avoid sleeping on your back in the last months of pregnancy, states research 

Back sleeping in late pregnancy is independently associated with lower birth weight in infants, according to a study published online on October 2 in JAMA Network Open

Avoid sleeping on your back in the last months of pregnancy, states research During pregnancy, sleeping on your back maybe a bad idea. Previous studies have found that sleeping in a supine position causes compression of veins and arteries that can lead to a reduction in blood flow to the placenta severe enough to double the risk for stillbirth after 28 weeks of gestation. Now a new study, […]

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds study

New research from King’s College London has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds studyIn their study published in Biological Psychiatry, MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies. They found evidence for impaired development of a white matter tract, the […]

Dr Harsh Vardhan launches eDantseva website to provide oral health information

The website and mobile application provide oral health information gathered from authentic scientific resources and connects the public to timely advice for managing any dental emergency or oral health problem

Dr Harsh Vardhan launches eDantseva website to provide oral health informationThe Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the eDantseva website and mobile application, the first-ever national digital platform on oral health information and knowledge dissemination in New Delhi on October 07 This marks an important milestone as e-DantSeva will reach out to more than one billion people with one click in the form […]

Is vigorous exercise safe during the third trimester of pregnancy?

Expectant mothers receive an avalanche of information about potential risks to their baby. There's a growing list of foods, toxins and environmental threats to avoid. It's normal for this to lead to an increased level of anxiety

Is vigorous exercise safe during the third trimester of pregnancy?As a result, some women believe it’s safer to avoid any risks in pregnancy, no matter how small. Vigorous exercise may be considered one of these risks. But we’ve recently reviewed the research and found vigorous exercise is safe during pregnancy, including in the third trimester. And not only is it safe; it’s healthy, too. […]

Working shifts can raise risk of reduce foetal growth and prolonged pregnancies

The study suggests that exposure to rotating night and day shifts, even if only in early pregnancy, may adversely affect maternal metabolic and pregnancy outcomes

Working shifts can raise risk of reduce foetal growth and prolonged pregnanciesNew research published in The Journal of Physiology indicates shift work exposure in mothers can result in reduced foetal growth and longer pregnancies, even when the shift work is only carried out early in pregnancy. Shift work interferes with normal patterns of sleep activity, eating times and exposure to light. Shift workers are at increased […]

World Contraception Day: Understanding possible side effects of the pill

Contraception is an important and essential public healthcare requirement. Control over one’s fertility is a crucial part of a woman’s independence

World Contraception Day: Understanding possible side effects of the pillIn recent years, the dialogue around fertility control, contraception and the ‘pro-choice’ movement has significantly increased awareness about the need for a woman to be in charge of her sexual and reproductive health. However, due to irresponsible marketing and industry driven propaganda, emergency contraception has come to the forefront of the public eye. What is […]
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