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Older mothers more likely to face birth complications

Pregnant women over 35 years old are more likely to have complications at birth due to delayed and longer labour stages, according ...

Metabolic proteins relocate to jump-start an embryo’s genome, UCLA study finds

Sarah C.P. Williams FINDINGS To turn on its genome — the full set of genes inherited from each parent — a mammalian ...

IVF success rates ‘misleading’

Success rates advertised on the majority of IVF clinic websites are potentially misleading, because clinics can cherry-pick their results, according to a new study. ... Full story

Exploring how fats affect eggs and embryo development

A mouse egg imaged using CARS microscopy to show the lipid droplets in colour according to their depth (supplied by Josie Bradley). Scale bar is ... Full story

Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

By Karen N. Peart Cyclin E staining of the endometrium from a patient’s with recurrent pregnancy loss. On the left her endometrial gland is markedly positive ... Full story

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

By Karen N. Peart (© stock.adobe.com) Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its ... Full story

Previously unpublished research calls into question efficacy of most commonly prescribed medication for nausea in pregnancy

By Leslie Shepherd     Dr. Nav Persaud Previously unpublished research calls into question the efficacy of the most commonly prescribed medication for nausea in pregnancy. The now defunct ... Full story

New nutritional strategy gives a boost to tiny premature babies

Vienna - On New Year's Day this coming Sunday, we will once again be waiting to see whereabouts in Austria the first baby is born safe and sound to be our "New Year's Baby 2017". It could even be a premature baby. The tiniest premature babies – weighing less than 1 kg at birth – often fail to gain very much weight during their long stay in hospital and this impacts upon their subsequent growth. Now, however, a retrospective data analysis conducted at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has shown that "more aggressive" nutrition, especially including more protein, brings about a significant improvement in the nutritional status, development and growth of these tiny infants. ... Full story

UCSF Discovery May Lead to New Treatments to Protect Fetus from Deadly Effects of Food Poisoning

Study Adds to Evidence Listeriosis is Unrelated to Lowered Immunity in Pregnancy ... Full story

Human embryo discovery wins People’s Choice of Science Breakthrough of the Year

    First molecular glimpse: The system developed by Rockefeller scientists that has given researchers the ability to study the molecular events that occur during early human ... Full story

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