Women considering abortions are getting medically inaccurate information nearly a third of the time in states that require doctors to provide informed consent materials to their patients, according to a new study.
A potential correlation between pre-labor Cesarean delivery (PLCD) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) could offer new targets for cancer prevention research, according to new research.
In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue. It is the first report to indicate a possible association of congenital Zika virus and damage to tissues outside the central nervous system, say researchers.
Scientists have finally succeeded in creating functioning sperm from mice in the laboratory. To accomplish this feat, the researchers coaxed mouse embryonic stem cells to turn into functional sperm-like cells, which were then injected into egg cells to produce fertile mouse offspring. The work provides a platform for generating sperm cells that could one day be used to treat male infertility in humans.
Midwives need more than fingers to figure out who the C-section candidates are. Small, tablet-sized ultrasound devices may be the key, report researchers.
Slow-wave sleep — the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day’s events into permanent memories — is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb, according to a new study.
The recent outbreak of Zika virus disease and its link to fetal development highlights the need for pregnant women and those of reproductive age to be a priority group for developing and evaluating new vaccines and vaccine guidelines for Zika and other emerging infectious diseases.
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals.
A therapy widely recommended in the UK, Europe and the US to stop babies from being born too soon is ineffective, research shows. Previous research suggested that the therapy – a hormone called progesterone – may stop pregnant women from giving birth early but little was known about its long term effects.
Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of parents requesting so-called ‘vaginal seeding’ for babies born by cesarean section, according to a new article. The practice, which is also known as microbirthing, involves taking a swab from the mother’s vagina and wiping this over the baby’s mouth, eyes, face and skin shortly after birth by caesarean section. The idea is that vaginal seeding allows a baby born via caesarean section to come into contact with bacteria from the birth canal. The hope is this may boost their gut bacteria, and reduce risk of conditions such as allergies or obesity.