Placenta may help shield fetus from COVID-19

(HealthDay News) — Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren’t found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19. U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule required to make the ACE2 receptor. […]

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How bacteria found in breast milk can positively impact a child’s health

(Charles Lefebvre/ CTV News) — A new study involving a University of Manitoba researcher has shown bacteria can be transferred from a mother’s milk to an infant’s gut. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of British Columbia, was published on Friday in the academic journal Cell Host & Microbe. It said breastfeeding directly […]

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Canadian research network examining pregnancy and COVID-19

(Brenna Owen/ Canadian Press) — Clinicians and epidemiologists don’t yet know much about COVID-19 and pregnancy, says the leader of a newly formed national network that’s examining maternal and infant outcomes among pregnant women who fell ill with the disease. “We scoured the literature and found a real limited amount of information, of course, at […]

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A first! Healthy baby born to cancer patient after eggs extracted five years prior

(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — After chemotherapy left her infertile, a French women is now a new mother to a healthy baby boy after becoming the first person to successfully undergo an innovative new procedure known as in vitro maturation (IVM). At 29-years-old, the unnamed woman was diagnosed with grade III invasive ductal carcinoma, breast […]

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Pregnant moms who smoke, drink put babies at risk of SIDS: study

(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay) — Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol may put their babies at higher odds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a new government study finds. After the first trimester of pregnancy, women who both smoked and drank increased the risk for SIDS nearly 12 times. For those who continued to […]

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Women may experience long-term post-traumatic stress following miscarriage

(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — Women who experience an early pregnancy loss may struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and severe depression. For many, a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy loss can impact their mental well-being for months to come, new research suggests. An early pregnancy loss “represents not only the loss of a much-desired child but […]

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Obese expectant mothers affect their children’s IQ: study

(Tim Sandle/ Digital Journal) — A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons’ development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters. The study comes from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and it finds that a mother’s obesity during […]

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Induction recommended for women still pregnant at 41 weeks

(Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) — Inducing birth for women whose pregnancy lasts to 41 weeks could reduce the death toll from stillbirths, say experts, following publication of the results of an important trial in which six babies died after spending longer in the womb. The results of the trial in Sweden, revealed last month in […]

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95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby’s brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation. Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One […]

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Exploring a possible link between C-sections and autism

(Perri Klass, M.D./ New York Times) — Cesarean delivery can save a baby — or a mother — at a moment of medical danger. However, cesarean births have been linked to an increased risk of various long-term health issues for both women and children, and a recent study shows an association between cesarean birth and […]

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