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Twins Should Be Delivered at 37 Weeks to Minimize Deaths

A new study concludes that in order to minimize perinatal deaths, twin pregnancies delivery should be considered at 37 weeks’ gestation, and delivery of identical twins should be considered at 36 weeks. More...
22 Sep 2016

Baby-Friendly Hospitals Could be Dangerous for Infants

The UNICEF and World Health Organization Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) may have unintended consequences for newborns, according to a new study. More...
12 Sep 2016
Armstrong Medical Industries
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IVF Culture Media Affects Embryo Outcomes

The composition of laboratory cultures used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) affects the resulting embryos and babies, according to a new study. More...
08 Sep 2016
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Zika Infection in Pregnancy Linked to Joint Deformities

A new study suggests that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may be related to a severe birth defect called arthrogryposis, wherein the joints are deformed. More...
25 Aug 2016

Appendectomy and Tonsillectomy Associated with Increased Fertility

Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed have higher subsequent pregnancy rates and shorter time to pregnancy, according to a new study. More...
18 Aug 2016
Fluke Biomedical
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IVF Does Not Elevate Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk

Women undergoing ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment do not have an increased risk of breast cancer (BC), according to a new study. More...
11 Aug 2016
Image: A new study suggests over one-third of pregnant women have an iron deficiency, putting them at an increased risk of thyroid disorders and pregnancy complications (Photo courtesy of BBC).

Iron Deficiency Places Pregnant Women at Risk of Complications

Researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) and Centre Hosptilalier Universitaire Saint Pierre (HUSP; Brussels, Belgium) conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 1,900 pregnant women in their first trimester. The researchers measured blood ferritin levels and the presence of antibodies against thyroid peroxidase (TPO), thyroid hormone free thyroxine (FT4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). More...
04 Aug 2016


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