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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. ...

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 ...

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

Babies' interest in human faces linked to callous and unemotional traits

Scientists at King’s College London, the University of Manchester, and the University of Liverpool have found that an infant’s preference for a person’s face, rather than an object, is associated with lower levels of callous and unemotional behaviours in toddlerhood. ... Full story

Pre-eclampsia may be caused by the fetus, not the placenta, says Anaesthesia editorial

Pre-eclampsia, the potentially deadly condition that affects pregnant women, may be caused by problems meeting the oxygen demands of the growing fetus, according to an editorial in the November issue of Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). ... Full story

Suffering in silence over infant loss

A UBC staff member is teaming up with a nursing professor to ensure parents who lose their babies get support ... Full story

Study casts doubt on plans to scale up preterm birth treatment in low resource settings

Intervention of no benefit, could increase newborn death risk, NIH funded study finds ... Full story

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