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Women's Health

Image: A new study shows home births entail triple the risk for newborns (Photo courtesy of iStock Photo).

Home Births Prove More Risky Than Hospital Deliveries

A new study shows that women who give birth in non-hospital settings are three times more likely to encounter complications and perinatal mortality compared with hospital births. More...
14 Mar 2019
Image: The RAPTER electrochemical analysis system (Photo courtesy of Nature Communications).

Robotic Sensor Technology Diagnoses Reproductive Health Issues

New robotic sensors can measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development, and menstruation in real-time and at less cost than current methods. More...
07 Mar 2019
Image: A new biosensor could someday detect fetal Down syndrome DNA in pregnant women’s blood (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Ultrasensitive Sensor Detects Down Syndrome in Womb

A new biosensor could someday be used to detect fetal Down syndrome DNA in pregnant women's blood, according to a new study. More...
28 Feb 2019
Image: A new study asserts that delaying cutting of the umbilical cord improves myelination (Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto).

Delayed Cord Clamping Advances Early Functional Development

A new study suggest that a five-minute delay in umbilical cord clamping results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development. More...
27 Feb 2019
Image: Many young women undergoing breast reduction surgery have unneeded mammography (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Superfluous Mammography Prevalent Prior to Breast Reduction

A new study reveals that nearly one-third of young women underwent mammography before cosmetic breast reduction surgery, despite the fact that no professional society recommends routine screening before age 40. More...
21 Feb 2019
Image: A new study reveals that industrial chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta to accumulate in fetal tissue (Photo courtesy of NewsMedicalNet).

Environmental Contaminants Infiltrate Placenta during Pregnancy

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Rigshospitalet, and Copenhagen University conducted a study to measure the concentrations of distinct PFAS in human embryos and fetuses and corresponding placentas and maternal serum samples derived from elective pregnancy terminations and intrauterine fetal death cases. More...
14 Feb 2019
Image: Professor Mark Prausnitz holds an experimental microneedle contraceptive skin patch (Photo courtesy of Christopher Moore/Georgia Tech).

Microneedle Patch Delivers Long-Acting Contraceptive

A new study shows how a long-acting contraceptive designed for self-administration could provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations. More...
31 Jan 2019
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