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Choline deficiency during pregnancy influences milk composition in sows

Choline, an essential nutrient, is used by the body in many ways, including in the makeup of cellular membranes and neurodevelopment. • ...

MRIs for fetal health

Algorithm could help analyze fetal scans to determine whether interventions are warranted. ...

Deadly Intestinal Disease in Preemies May Be Caused by Genetic Deficiency

Rutgers scientists discover that metabolic disruption prevents gut development and may lead to a life-threatening condition that is a major cause of death ... Full story

New evidence that hormone levels measured in hair can affect IVF success by almost one-third

Levels of a hormone when measured in hair can significantly predict the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, scientists at The University of Nottingham have revealed. ... Full story

Could assisted reproduction reduce birth defects for older women?

Babies born to women aged 40 and over from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects compared with those from women who conceive naturally at the same age, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. ... Full story

Stretchy optical fibers for implanting in the body

Biocompatible fibers could use light to stimulate cells or sense signs of disease ... Full story

Pre-term babies to learn night from day

Researchers at The University of Western Australia aim to improve health outcomes for pre-term babies by restoring the infants’ natural sleep-wake cycle. The cycle, commonly known as the circadian rhythm, is vital to healthy growth and development. ... Full story

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Associated with Childhood Language Disorders

Mothers who purchased antidepressants at least twice during pregnancy had a 37-percent increased risk of speech and/or language disorders among their offspring compared to mothers ... Full story

Even partial steroid treatment can benefit extremely preterm infants, NIH study suggests

Infants exposed to partial treatment in the womb healthier than those not exposed. ... Full story

Gestational age estimated through DNA methylation

Researchers have developed a method for estimating developmental maturity of newborns. It is based on tracking DNA methylation, a structural modification of DNA, whose patterns change as development progresses before birth. ... Full story

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