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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Prenatal Research: Babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms on the rise ♦ Screening for bacteriuria in pregnant women ♦ Research unlocks critical early nutrient supply for embryos

Screening for bacteriuria in pregnant women It remains unclear whether screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women causes more benefit or harm. The results of studies from the 1960s are not applicable to the current situation.
Research unlocks critical early nutrient supply for embryos The mechanism by which embryos receive nutrition during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy has been revealed by scientists. The new study explains some of how this crucial stage of development operates, suggesting not just that a healthy diet during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy is essential, but that as nutrients are stored in the gland cells before pregnancy, it is also important to get this right before conception
Babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms on the rise The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born every 25 minutes in the U.S. with the syndrome, accounting for $1.5 billion in annual health care charges, according to a new study.
When mom gains too much weight during pregnancy, her child is more likely to be obese A new study has found that when an expecting mother gains more weight than recommended, does not exercise or smokes during pregnancy, the probability that her child will be overweight or obese at the age of eight sharply increases.

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