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Association between insufficient sleep, gestational diabetes mellitus discovered

A new health link has been found between short sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This is the first study to examine the relationship between sleep duration and GDM in a multi-ethnic Asian population. Findings suggest that addressing sleep concerns during pregnancy could potentially reduce the risk of developing GDM.

Parental obesity linked to delays in child development

Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a new study. Children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more likely to fail tests of problem solving ability.

New nutritional strategy gives a boost to tiny premature babies

On New Year’s Day this coming Sunday, we will once again be waiting to see 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 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.