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Risk of stillbirth is double in pregnant women who sleep on their backs, study finds
Pregnant women might increase their risk of a stillbirth if they sleep on their backs during their third trimester, a new study has found. The research, published Monday in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is the largest of its kind and the clearest evidence yet that sleeping conditions during pregnancy could have significant effects on […]Related:Thousands of strangers gave a sick child an early Christmas. Days before Thanksgiving, he died.A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines (Sou...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands of strangers gave a sick child an early Christmas. Days before Thanksgiving, he died.
Jacob Thompson spent nearly half of his short life battling cancer. The 9-year-old boy, who loved penguins, died Sunday, four years after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that affects mostly young children. As his family had expected, Thompson didn’t live long enough for Christmas, a holiday he loves. But shortly before his death, […]Related:Risk of stillbirth is double in pregnant women who sleep on their backs, study findsA dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines (S...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes, High BP In Pregnancy Can Lead to Issues
If you develop both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy, you face a much higher risk of future trouble than women who only develop one of those conditions while pregnant, researchers report. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

20 Canadian ideas to improve child health win Grand Challenges funding
Twenty Canadian projects have won Grand Challenges funding, among them an Uber-like connection that can help get pregnant women in Kenya to health care; a 3D printer project to provide orthotic devices for Nepali children with clubfoot and scoliosis; and a microchip that can figure out what pathogen is causing diarrhea in children in Bangladesh. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Technology & Science Source Type: news

Angola:Over 500 Cases of Early Pregnancy Recorded in Lunda Sul
[ANGOP] Saurimo -At least 542 of cases of early pregnancy have been recorded from January to October this year in northeastern Lunda Sul province Maternity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Avenues Clinic to Set Up World Class Maternity Facility
[The Herald] PREMIER healthcare provider, The Avenues Clinic, intends to set up a world class maternity facility in Harare at a cost of approximately $18 million, as it seeks to diversify revenue streams. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sleeping on your back in pregnancy increases stillbirths
Researchers from Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester estimate there would be a 3.7 per cent decrease in stillbirths if women slept on their sides. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk
[Guardian] Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Liberia:UMU Midwifery Dep. Holds Scientific Session
[NEWS] Liberia last Friday joined the world to celebrate World Prematurity Day with the Post Basic Midwifery Program of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences at the United Methodist University (UMU) holding a scientific session for senior students of the program. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

'Stillbirth was hardest day of my life'
Women are now being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:200,000 Children Born Premature Annually - Report
[Monitor] Kampala -A new report released by Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation, has revealed that 226,000 children born every year in Uganda are below the normal 37 weeks of gestation. This is an equivalent of more than 18 per cent of the total births. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Can Fish Oil Help Reading?
Discussion Fats and fatty acids are essential for good human health. Saturated fats have hydrogen pairs linked to each carbon on the carbon backbone. They are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Common examples are butter, lard, or hardened vegetable shortening. They are linked to higher cholesterol and triglycerides and only a small amount of them are recommended to be consumed in the diet. Unsaturated fats have one or more hydrogen atoms missing from the carbon backbone. They are liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fatty acids have one hydrogen pair that is missing from the carbon backbone. They are liq...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Vitamin D and fertility: Increase your chances of success with this vital nutrient
(Natural News) If you’re having trouble conceiving, boosting your vitamin D intake might help. A recent study revealed that women undergoing fertility treatment are 33 percent more successful if they have healthy levels of vitamin D. Scientists from Birmingham University have determined that women undergoing fertility treatment were 33 percent more likely to get pregnant if... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turlington Burns: Maternal mortality is the shame of US health care
There was a lot I didn't know about pregnancy and childbirth before I went through it myself. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I Lost My Mom During My First Pregnancy
As the cancer progressed, it became clear to me that she would pass away before the baby arrived. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Code talker: A Q & A with genetic counselor Kira Dies
Your child has just been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Your pediatrician has never heard of the condition and the internet doesn’t offer much information. Where do you turn? Kira Dies, a genetic counselor in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, helps parents with these hard questions every day. One of about only 4,000 genetic counselors in the country, Dies has been trained in handling both the scientific and emotional sides of genetic disorders. Dies was also the recent winner of the Code Talker Award, presented by Genome Magazine and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Ask the Expert genetic counselor Kira Dies Mustafa Sahin Neurogenetics Program SPG47 tuberous sclerosis complex tuberous sclerosis program Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Famine in pregnancy impacts offspring's mental health in adulthood
In the Dutch famine of 1944 –1945, rations fell to just 500 calories per day. A new study looks at how this affected the future mental health of babies. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Liberia Celebrates World Prematurity Day
[NEWS] Liberia will today join other nations around the world to commemorate World Prematurity Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 17, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya:Celebrating the Miracles and Milestones of Premature Babies
[Nation] Like any mother, Mrs Jacinta Ochieng wanted nothing more than to take her children home, all five of them, even though their birth had surprised her- she thought she had been carrying just one. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 17, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Cameroon:Theft of Babies - Security Wristbands Introduced
[Cameroon Tribune] The theft of newborn babies is a recurrent issue in the society today as a week hardly goes by without media reports about a missing baby or a woman caught with a stolen baby. This has not left any person indifferent particularly health authorities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 17, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy (First, Second, Third Trimester) (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 17, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New study out of WSU further supports use of progesterone to fight preterm birth
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A new study published today -- World Prematurity Day -- in the American Journal of Obstetrics& Gynecology provides additional support for treatment with vaginal progesterone to reduce the risk of preterm birth, neonatal complications and infant death in pregnant women with a short cervix. A shortened cervix is the most powerful predictor of preterm birth. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaginal progesterone reduces preterm birth and neonatal complications in women with a mid-trimester short cervix
(Elsevier) Prematurity is the main complication of pregnancy, and 15 million babies are born preterm worldwide each year. Physicians worldwide have investigated whether vaginal progesterone administration to women with a mid-trimester sonographic short cervix reduces the rate of preterm birth. Now physicians and researchers have found that when all available information is considered in an individual patient data meta-analysis, the results are clear: vaginal progesterone reduces the rate of preterm birth at (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anti-malaria drug shows promise as Zika virus treatment
(Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) California researchers have discovered that a medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus. The drug, called chloroquine, has a long history of safe use during pregnancy, and is relatively inexpensive. The research was published today in Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nat Kringoudis on what to do if you want to get pregnant
Melbourne-based fertility expert, Nat Kringoudis, revealed the five things you can do to 'pave the way towards your more fertile self'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaping while pregnant causes facial birth defects
Vaping while pregnant can cause cleft palate and other head and facial birth defects, researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered. Fruity and rich e-liquids are particularly dangerous. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aylesbury mum looks pregnant after botched NHS c-section  
Cheryl Castle, 35, a receptionist, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, said she has had a large ‘baby belly’ since the birth of her son, which she cannot get rid of with diet and exercise. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting Care in the '4th' Trimester
Most pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. happen after a baby is born, prompting some doctors to say the postpartum period should be treated as the "Fourth Trimester." (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy linked to miscarriage, NIH study suggests
Ozone is a highly reactive form of oxygen that is a primary constituent of urban smog. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kenya:New and Simple Baby Incubator Launched
[Nation] An innovative incubator blanket could prove a potential lifesaver to thousands of pre-term babies in Kenya. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 16, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Primodos pregnancy test report criticised as 'whitewash' by MPs
Politicians question report that found no evidence hormonal pregnancy tests taken in 1960s and 1970s caused birth defectsMPs have attacked a report into controversial hormone pregnancy tests including Primodos as “a whitewash, an injustice, a betrayal”.Campaigners believe the drugs caused serious disabilities in babies, but a report by anexpert working group set up by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) concluded there was no “causal association” between the disabilities and Primodos.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Holly Watt Tags: Drugs Health Politics Medical research Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Pregnancy test did not cause birth defects
According to a study, by the Commission on Human Medicines, a controversial pregnancy test used in the past did not cause any harm to unborn children.BBC News (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 16, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Botswana:Couple Wins Maiden Pregnancy Pageant
[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -Kesalopa Folae and her partner Juit Tshetlhana walked away with the Best Pregnant Couple crown over the weekend after battling it out with nine other contestants. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Infant Mortality Rate Falls - Unicef, Statistics Bureau
[Premium Times] The fifth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) has highlighted a nationwide overall drop in infant mortality rate from 97 per 1000 live births recorded in 2011 to 70 per 1000 live births. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 16, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk
THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 -- Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests. Chronic exposure seemed to increase that risk by more than 10 percent, according to researchers who tracked hundreds of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

South Africa:Loophole May Protect Organisations From U.S. Abortion Gag Rule
[Bhekisisa] Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 16, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Infant Mortality Drops - Report
[Daily Trust] The new official Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data jointly released by the Narional Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted nationwide drop in Infant Mortality rate to 70 per 1000 live births from 97 in 2011. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 16, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Study raises possibility of naturally acquired immunity against Zika virus
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) Birth defects in babies born infected with Zika virus remain a major health concern. Now, scientists suggest the possibility that some women in high-risk Zika regions may already be protected and not know it. New research in PLOS Pathogens on Nov. 16, performed in mice, shows women who develop symptom-free Zika infections may be able to acquire immunity that would protect them from future infections and their offspring in a future pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prior asymptomatic zika infection protects against reinfection in pregnant mice
(PLOS) Protective antibodies from prior asymptomatic Zika infection defend against reinfection during pregnancy in mice, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

'The Brazilian Zika outbreak could end soon'
(German Center for Infection Research) Scientists have elucidated the Zika burden in a Brazilian metropolis. Their data indicate: the outbreak may be coming to an end and further outbreaks in the region seem unlikely. The study has also provided new evidence supporting the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and malformations in newborns. A third finding is important with regard to intervention measures: Zika virus infection predominantly affects poor regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Casa Sanchez Foods Recalls " Real Guacamole " Because Of Possible Health Risk
Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, CA, is recalling its 9-ounce containers of " Real Guacamole " because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 16, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Yorgo ’s Foods Inc Is Recalling All Flavored and Unflavored Food Products (Hommus; Tahini Sauces; Yogurt Dip, Salads, Tzatziki, Grape Leaves; Taboule) Due to Possible Health Risk
Yorgo ’s Foods Inc. of Manchester NH, a family-owned company, started in 1993, is recalling all Greek-style food products it manufactures, out of an abundance of caution, as they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal in fections in pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and in unborn fetuses. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages ...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 16, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Women's Wellness: Getting ready to get pregnant
DEAR MAYO CLINIC:?I?m 26 years old, and my partner and I would like to have a baby within the next year. Are there things I can do now, before I get pregnant, that will make it more likely our baby will be healthy? ANSWER:?You?re wise to be thinking about this now. There are lifestyle steps [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Pregnancy and diabetes: Why lifestyle counts
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Men & #039;s Roles in Women & #039;s Abortion Trajectories in Urban Zambia
CONCLUSIONSIncreasing knowledge about the legality and availability of safe abortion is vital not only among sexually active women, but also among those they confide in, including men. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Abortion Knowledge and Experiences Among U.S. Servicewomen: A Qualitative Study
CONCLUSIONSPolicy recommendations to better meet the needs of servicewomen include wider dissemination of the military's abortion policy, establishing abortion referral and support guidelines, and improving confidentiality in military health services. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Childbirth is killing black women in the US; here's why
In the US, black women are about three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. One mother opens up about surviving and fighting for others. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Top Court to Hear Fight Over California Pregnancy Center Law U.S. Top Court to Hear Fight Over California Pregnancy Center Law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Updated HHS Perinatal Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Released
The HHS Panel on Treatment of Pregnant Women with HIV Infection and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission announces the release of the updated Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant Women with HIV Infection and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Childbirth is killing black women in the US
In the US, black women are about three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. One mother opens up about surviving and fighting for others. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news