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 […]

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Weight before pregnancy most important to risk for complications, finds study

The study found that the more a woman weighed at the start of her pregnancy, the more likely she was to experience complications such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, caesarean delivery and preterm birth. “Pregnancy complications in mothers and their infants occurred in 34% of women with a normal weight and in over […]

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Heart damage from preterm birth may be corrected with exercise in young adulthood

Around 1 to 2% of young adults today were born more than two months prematurely (very preterm) and have heart abnormalities that increase their risk of cardiovascular disease. For instance, the heart is smaller and has to pump harder to supply the body with blood. “Until now we did not know if this was permanent […]

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Premature birth tied to higher risk of chronic kidney disease later in life

Preterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today. Given the high levels of preterm birth (currently 10% in the US and 5-8% in Europe), and better survival into adulthood, these findings have […]

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Self-monitoring what you eat can help you lose weight, proves study

Women at a higher risk of pregnancy complications after weight-loss surgery

Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery appear to be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, and their babies seem more likely to be born prematurely, small for gestational age, have congenital anomalies and be admitted to intensive care, according to the most comprehensive assessment of how bariatric surgery affects pregnancy outcomes. The systematic […]

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Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth

  These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In a previous study published in The BMJ, the research group showed that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes were at an increased risk of having babies with heart defects. Now, a new […]

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Advanced maternal age linked with increased risk of preterm birth

The higher risk of preterm births for women over 40 may not be completely explained by their greater use of reproductive technology or medical interventions like induced labour or planned caesarean deliveries, a Canadian study suggests. The study confirmed that women over 40 do have the highest risk of preterm births: 7.8 % of pregnancies […]

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Consuming fish oil in pregnancy can help manage kids’ blood pressure later in life

Consuming fish oil in pregnancy can help manage kids’ blood pressure later in life

The findings could be important since rising numbers of children are obese and experiencing hikes in blood pressure. That could have long-term consequences for their health, said study co-author Susan Carlson. She’s professor of nutrition at the University of Kansas. “It is known that blood pressure tracks over time, such that people with higher blood […]

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Maha health department on high alert to tackle any probable Zika outbreak in state

With cases of Zika virus reported in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu last year, the Maharashtra state health department has formed a surveillance team to keep a check on all tourists spots where people from different states visit. Dr Mahendra Jagtap, an entomologist from Maharashtra, said, “So far, no case is reported in […]

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Pregnancy high blood pressure linked to dementia decades later, reveals study

A leading cause of preterm birth, preeclampsia is an inflammatory blood vessel disorder that occurs in 2 per cent to 10 per cent of pregnancies, usually after 20 weeks’ gestation. In addition to high blood pressure, the condition can cause abnormally high levels of protein in the urine and fluid retention. Based on records for […]

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