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What happens in the cell nucleus after fertilization

A team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München shows changes in the immediate environment of DNA after the ovum and sperm ...

Drug/Catheter Combination for Labor Induction Could Save Women 2.4 Million Hours of Labor Annually, Penn Study Shows

Results Suggest Combination Could Reduce Health Care Costs and Change Delivery Room Practices Without Increased Risk to Mothers or Babies ...

Success for premature birth prevention program

A preterm birth prevention program led by The University of Western Australia has had success in reducing the rate of early birth in Western Australia. ... Full story

New method for predicting congenital CMV infection during the prenatal period

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause serious complications such as hearing difficulties and mental retardation in affected infants. A Japanese research team has discovered a new method for predicting congenital CMV infection during the prenatal period. This method is safe for both mothers and fetuses, and could potentially be adopted for general use. The findings were published on October 20 in the online version of Clinical Infectious Diseases. ... Full story

Researchers Put Mouse Embryos in Suspended Animation

Inhibition of Molecular Pathway Lets Mouse Blastocysts Survive for Weeks in the Lab ... Full story

Ethics of Testing for Preterm Birth Risk Weighs Uncertain Harms and Benefits

By Nina Bai A new blood test being developed at UC San Francisco may be able to predict a woman’s risk for preterm birth with 80 ... Full story

A miracle for the Millers

As survivability of many cancers increases, so does the opportunity to help survivors live the lives they’d imagined. Manda Miller thought bouts of Hodgkins Lymphoma at 19 and 27 had taken her chance to have children, but Jennifer Mersereau, MD, at UNC Fertility offered an innovative option for the Millers' miracle baby — a donor egg. ... Full story

Research project hopes to improve outcomes for unborn twins sharing the same placenta

A unique two-year research project to better identify the cardiac function of monochorionic twins with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) has been unveiled by St Michael’s Hospital and Bristol's Clinical Research and Imaging Centre (CRICBristol) today [Thursday 17 November]. ... Full story

A unique study on glucose levels during childbirth

New research from Luleå University of Technology shows that glucose levels are naturally doubled during childbirth, giving the mother additional powers and a sweet energy filled milk. Today, diabetic womens glucose levels are held low with insulin and as a consequence, their children become indolent. ... Full story

Breakthrough Method For Quantifying Syncytial Knots

Pediatric and Developmental Pathology – Identifying potential risk factors that may harm placental development is a primary objective of pregnancy screenings. To help ensure healthy ... Full story

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