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Expectant mothers with epilepsy face difficult choice over medication

Study shows that evidence on the safety of anti-epileptic drugs is limited ...

Anti-epileptics: tough choices during pregnancy

Taking certain anti-epileptic medications during pregnancy may be linked to developmental problems in children, according to a new study from The University ...

Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births

Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary University of London have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM) which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide. ... Full story

Researchers observe brain development in utero

(Vienna) New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These "in vivo" observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development. A research group at the Computational Imaging Research Lab from the MedUni Vienna has observed that parts of the brain that are later responsible for sight are already active at this stage. ... Full story

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

The cries of babies whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy have increased amounts of “hyperphonation,” a new study finds. ... Full story

Improving care for babies at risk

A University of Adelaide researcher has been named the 2014 Young Investigator of the Year for South Australia, for her work to improve blood and fluid transfusions for babies in neonatal intensive care. ... Full story

Study investigates risk and protective factors for preterm birth in African American women

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received a five-year, $1.9 million award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to investigate risks and protective factors that contribute to high rates of preterm birth in African-American women. The proposed research will help identify strategies for ameliorating racial disparities in preterm birth. ... Full story

One-Quarter of Women in Rural Bangladesh Report Pregnancy and Childbirth Complications

Survey Fills Data Gap in Region Where 75% of Births Are at Home ... Full story

Work to improve children’s health should start before mother becomes pregnant

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, believe the key to making future generations healthier could lie before the mother becomes pregnant. ... Full story

That Pregnant Feeling Makes A Fly Start Nesting

Durham, NC - Across the animal kingdom, it’s not uncommon for pregnancy to change an expectant mom’s behavior. Even female flies have their own rudimentary way of “nesting,” which appears to be brought on by the stretch of their egg-filled abdomens rather than the act of mating, according to a Duke study published online October 16 in Cell Reports. ... Full story

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