Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kids

Children whose mothers  drank the equivalent of two cans of a sugary drink or two glasses of fruit juice a day during pregnancy were roughly 63 per cent more likely to be asthmatic than a child whose mum avoided sugary drinks

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kidsWith the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma since the 1980s, there has been a concerted effort to identify factors that could be the cause of the observed rise in the number of children developing asthma. Since caloric intake from added sugars, most notably in sugary drinks, has also increased over this time frame, researchers have […]

Breastfeeding can cut diabetes risk by 47%, reveals study

Scientists believe that there are good biological reasons why breastfeeding may protect against diabetes. For example, it is known to boost hormones which control blood insulin levels and lower blood sugar. It can also help new mothers lose pregnancy weight

Breastfeeding can cut diabetes risk by 47%, reveals studyBreastfeeding for six months or longer cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes nearly in half for women during their childbearing years, the longest ever study has shown. Researchers in the US analysed data from women who enrolled in a heart health study more than 30 years ago, and whose lifestyles and health were […]

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism risk

Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli children

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism riskWomen who take multivitamins and folic acid during or before pregnancy cut the risk of their children developing autism by nearly three quarters, according to new research. A study of more than 45,000 children whose mothers had taken supplements were 73 per cent less likely to be on the autism spectrum. Mothers who consumed the […]

Bombay HC grants permission for abortion in 28th week of pregnancy

The bench took note of the argument by petitioners lawyer Meenaz Kakalia that if the abortion was not allowed, not only the child will be born with abnormalities, but forcing the woman to continue with the pregnancy will cause her much trauma and affect her mental health, and thereby her constitutional right to life

Bombay HC grants permission for abortion in 28th week of pregnancyToday in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court today allowed a woman to terminate her 28-week pregnancy, taking into consideration among other things, the mental trauma she was likely to suffer as her foetus was found to have severe abnormalities. While the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act does not allow termination of pregnancy after 20 […]

Lying flat on back in late pregnancy has adverse effects on baby, raises stillbirth risk

During pregnancy, finding a comfortable position in which to lie down can be a challenge, particularly in later stages, and a new research states that expectant mothers should avoid lying on their backs

Lying flat on back in late pregnancy has adverse effects on baby, raises stillbirth riskStillbirth – defined as the death of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy – is estimated to affect around 1 percent of pregnancies in the United States, with around 24,000 babies being stillborn each year According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the causes of many stillbirths are unclear, but they […]

Less sleep during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, says study

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes tend to have high birth weights. Women who have gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later. Their babies are also at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as well as obesity

Less sleep during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, says studyThe amount of time spent sleeping in the United States has dropped significantly in the past twenty years with almost a quarter of women and 16 per cent of men experiencing insufficient sleep. Now, a new study has found that lack of sleep among pregnant women may be a contributing factor to the development of […]

Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defects

Folic acid has been shown to prevent Neural tube defects (NTDs) if administered just before the pregnancy and during its earliest stages

Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defectsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that birth defects affect approximately 3 percent of babies born each year in the United States, and they are the leading cause of death among infants. Neural tube defects (NTDs) are major birth defects affecting the baby’s spine and brain. The abnormalities may develop very early […]

Mother’s diet can protect newborns against food allergies

The study's findings are consistent with new dietary recommendations for pregnant and nursing mothers. Previous research had not been conclusive, with some studies indicating a protective role for breastmilk, and others suggesting that children could become allergic to foods they encountered through their mother's diet

Mother’s diet can protect newborns against food allergiesResearch published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine today indicates that a mother’s diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies. Conducted by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the study offers an explanation for how breastfeeding can promote tolerance to the foods that most often cause allergies. The study received support […]

Low birth weight associated with lower IQ throughout life

Compared to babies born at 2.5 kg or less, infants with a birth weight of 3.5 to 4 kg scored more than five points higher on IQ tests at age 28 and again at age 50, the study found

Low birth weight associated with lower IQ throughout lifeA recent study from Denmark suggest that being born at below-normal weight is associated with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ) not only in childhood and young adulthood, but even at age 50. Researchers found IQ differences between underweight and normal-weight babies remained stable into midlife, and even within the normal birth weight range, higher weights […]

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancy

Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels, whether caused by diabetes or other factors, keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancyA new study conducted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA discovered how increased glucose levels caused either by diabetes or other factors keep heart cells from maturing normally. The findings of the study help to explain the reason for babies born to women with diabetes […]
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