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BPA Risk to Newborns May Be Smaller Than Previously Believed

Study of days-old infants shows innate ability to clear controversial compound used in plastics from the body ...

Low risk of birth defects from antidepressant use in pregnancy

Newborns of women treated with SSRI antidepressants or venlafaxine during early pregnancy have low risk of birth defects, according to a new ...

Innovation gives pregnant women with diabetes round-the-clock glucose control

Up to 50% of babies born to women with diabetes are born too large, which can lead to greater intervention and problems during childbirth and also increase the risk of the child developing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life. ... Full story

Health programme improves pregnancy and delivery care in Ethiopia

The established and comprehensive health programme Health Extension Programme, HEP, aims to improve the access to health care for women and children in Ethiopia. According to Tesfay Gebrehiwot, some of the results of the programme are clearly improved coordination of prenatal care, delivery care and postnatal care of women and children in particularly deprived areas. He defends his thesis on Friday 24 April at Umeå University, Sweden. ... Full story

Hormone known for mother’s milk also fosters bond between parents

Professor Charles Snowdon studies how cotton-top tamarins form parenting partnerships. ... Full story

Monitoring maternal and children health in rural India

ANN ARBOR—Imagine community health workers fanning out across rural villages and muddy fields to survey villagers in West Bengal, the fourth-most populous state in India. ... Full story

Antidepressant use in pregnancy associated with anxiety symptoms in 3-year-olds

Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings. ... Full story

Rejecting Vitamin K at birth predicts child vaccination refusal

New Zealand parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are more than 14 times more likely to not get their children immunised, a new University of Otago study has found. ... Full story

Parents’ country of origin influences risk of stillbirth

By Melissa Di Costanzo - Parents’ country of origin influences the risk of their baby being stillborn in Canada, a new study has found. The risk is highest when both parents migrated to Canada from the same country of origin, especially from a country with a high rate of stillbirths, said Dr. Joel Ray, a physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and scientist in its Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. ... Full story

Pregnant women seem to be shirking exercise at a time when it’s vital for health

A new study indicates that many pregnant women are reducing exercise at a time when it’s vital for the health of both mother and baby. ... Full story

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