Monthly Archives: December 2016

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.

Plastics compound, BPS, often substituted for BPA, alters mouse moms’ behavior and brain regions

In the first study of its kind, environmental health scientists and neuroscientists examined the effects of the compound bisphenol S (BPS) on maternal behavior and related brain regions in mice. They found subtle but striking behavior changes in nesting mothers exposed during pregnancy and lactation and in their daughters exposed in utero.

New research shows uptick in past-month marijuana use among women of reproductive age

The prevalence of past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women rose from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014, an increase of 62 percent. Past-month marijuana use was highest among those ages 18 to 25 years, reaching 7.5 percent in 2014, and significantly higher among those ages 26 to 44 years (2 percent).