No, the flu shot will not cause a pregnant woman to miscarry
A new study puts an end to speculation about whether getting a flu shot during pregnancy ups the risk of miscarriage and reinforces current vaccination guidelines that protect both pregnant women and their newborns from the dangers of flu. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins
Boy and girl, now four, are only the second case of ‘sesquizygotic’ twins recordedA pair of twins have stunned researchers after it emerged that they are neither identical nor fraternal – but something in between.The team say the boy and girl, now four years old, are the second case of semi-identical twins ever recorded, and the first to be spotted while the mother was pregnant.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Reproduction Biology Health Science Children Source Type: news

More Evidence Prenatal Vitamins Reduce the Risk of Autism More Evidence Prenatal Vitamins Reduce the Risk of Autism
Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy was associated with a 50% reduction in the risk of autism spectrum disorder recurrence.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Vitamins in Early Pregnancy and Autism Risk
Study suggests (MedPage Today) -- but far from proves -- benefit from folic acid shortly after conception (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

More Evidence Prenatal Vitamins Reduce Risk for Autism More Evidence Prenatal Vitamins Reduce Risk for Autism
Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy was associated with a 50% reduction in the risk of autism spectrum disorder recurrence.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 -- Maternal prenatal vitamin intake during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a reduced risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in siblings of children with ASD, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 27, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pregnant women urged to take daily supplement of folic acid to prevent birth defects
(Natural News) Some very common types of birth defects that can occur during pregnancy are neural tube defects. In an effort to curb the prevalence of these defects, new government guidelines strongly suggest that women who are planning to get pregnant, or currently are pregnant, should begin supplementing their diet with folic acid. According to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal Vitamins May Lower 2nd Child Autism Risk
Mothers who used prenatal vitamins, especially in the first month of pregnancy, had a reduced risk of having a second child with autism, a new study has found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Taking Prenatal Vitamins Early In Pregnancy Associated With Lower Autism Risk
(CNN) — Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study. Researchers followed 241 children whose older siblings had a diagnosis of autism and who therefore had an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disorder. The researchers evaluated the children’s development starting at 6 months through 3 years of age. At the same time, the moms were asked through phone interviews and mailed questionnaires about prenatal vitamin use. Approximately 1 in every 4 children enrolled ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Autism CNN Pregnancy Source Type: news

Taking prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy is associated with lower risk of autism, study says
Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?
The numbers don’t lie: women tend to live longer than men. The average American man will live to age 76, according to the latest CDC figures, while the average woman in America will live to age 81. And a woman’s extra years tend to be healthy ones. The World Health Organization’s HALE index, which calculates the number of years a man or woman can expect to live without a major disease or injury, finds that American men can look forward to 67 healthy years, while American women will enjoy 70 years of “full heath.” This male-female lifespan gap is not a new phenomenon; experts have known about i...
Source: TIME: Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Longevity Research Source Type: news

Prenatal Vitamins Might Lower Risk of Second Child With Autism
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 -- Something as simple as taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy might lower the odds of having a second child with autism. As researchers explain in a new report, once one child has been diagnosed... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 27, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tanzania: Samia Campaigns Against Maternal Mortality
[Daily News] VICE-PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has said that last year's launched campaign to fight maternal and child mortality in the country aimed at ensuring that women and newborns remained safe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 27, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Semiotic regulation in the construction of maternal bond: from body experience to the semiotic field - Uriko K.
The objective of this paper is to analyze how the maternal bond in first-time pregnant women emerges from bodily experiences in the pre-semiotic level and leads to the emergence of the semiotic field. The bond as a sign field is internally structured and e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Adverse childhood experiences and prenatal mental health: type of ACEs and age of maltreatment onset - Atzl VM, Narayan AJ, Rivera LM, Lieberman AF.
Childhood adversity can have long-term deleterious effects on adulthood mental health outcomes, but more research is needed examining how type and timing of childhood adversity affect mental health specifically during pregnancy. The current study examined ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Neuroprotective Effects of Targeted Temperature Management
Hypothermia has a number of potential neuroprotective effects; however, they can be broken down into two main properties: metabolic and neuronal protection. When mammals hibernate, they experience acidosis both from lactate and carbon dioxide, resulting in hypoxia and hypoglycemia. These conditions are not unlike those that occur post-cardiac arrest: Hypothermia decreases metabolic rate by about 6% per 1 degree C reduction in brain temperature. If blood flow and demand are coupled, it’s possible to see a 50% decline in cerebral metabolic after cooling the brain to 32 degrees C. The protective effects occur via reduct...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - February 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brian J. O ’Neil, MD, FACEP, FAHA Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Top Story Exclusive Articles Patient Care Heart of America Source Type: news

RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives/Public Health England/Health Protection Scotland) Clinical Guidelines: Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy; Information for Healthcare Professionals; Updated 2/27/19
Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Published: 2/27/2019. This 12-page document, updated in February 2019, provides guidelines on Zika virus in pregnancy for healthcare professionals. It discusses Zika epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, and prevention. It includes advice for pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy, and recommendations for pregnant women whose partner has been to an area with risk for Zika virus transmission, and any pregnant woman with possible exposure to Zika virus, presenting with fetal ultrasound findings consistent with microcephaly. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zika Virus Congenital Infection: Algorithm and Interim Guidance
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/27/2019. This resource, updated in February 2019, provides guidance for neonatologists and pediatricians to manage confirmed and potentially infected infants born to parents who traveled to areas with active Zika virus transmission. It provides a guidance document, and an algorithm of recommendations for neonates whose mother has traveled to a country with risk for Zika transmission during pregnancy or within eight weeks before conception. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zika Virus: Travel Advice
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/27/2019. This travel advice reflects country-specific Zika risk ratings. It discusses the latest update, travel advice, pregnancy and travel, preventing infection by mosquito bites, and further information. Particular attention is required for women who are pregnant or who are considering a pregnancy because of the risk to the developing fetus associated with Zika virus infection in pregnancy. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Revised Algorithm for Assessing Pregnant Women with a History of Travel During Pregnancy to Countries or Areas with Risk for Zika Virus (ZIKV) Transmission
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/27/2019. This two-page document provides a flowchart for assessing women who have traveled while pregnant to areas with active Zika virus transmission. Currently, this algorithm applies to women at all stages of pregnancy, although infection in early pregnancy is likely to be the greatest risk. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Advice for Women Returning from a Country or Area with Risk for Zika Virus Transmission
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 2/27/2019. This six-page document contains general advice and information for women returning from a country or area with risk for Zika virus transmission who are pregnant or who are considering pregnancy; advice for pregnant women who are diagnosed with Zika virus; and advice for pregnant women whose baby is thought to be affected. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infant sleep duration associated with mother's level of education and prenatal depression
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) A new study analyzing data from Canadian parents has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is prenatal vitamin use by moms associated with risk for autism spectrum disorder recurrence in young siblings?
This study examined whether prenatal vitamin use by mothers was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recurrence in high-risk families. The study included 241 children who were selected because a sibling was diagnosed with ASD. Mothers reported their use of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. While most mothers reported taking prenatal vitamins while pregnant, only 87 (36 percent) mothers met the recommendations to take prenatal vitamins in the six months before pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expectant moms may prevent neural tube defects in their babies by supplementing with inositol plus folic acid
(Natural News) Mothers only want what’s best for their children. Many of them start taking supplements during their pregnancy — even prior to it — to ensure that their child is born as healthy as possible. Folic acid supplements are essential for preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. This severe congenital malformation affects... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For expectant moms: Avoid gestational diabetes by consuming this particular probiotic
(Natural News) Pregnancy can be a tough time for expectant mothers. They have to take extra care of their health, otherwise, there could be serious consequences for their baby. Fortunately, scientists from New Zealand were able to find a way to prevent gestational diabetes, one of the most common health problems in pregnant women. Their... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘ Executing Babies ’ : Here Are the Facts Behind Trump ’ s Misleading Abortion Tweet
Infants are rarely born alive after abortion procedures, and if they are, doctors do not kill them. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Abortion Babies and Infants Law and Legislation Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

20,000 mothers get help from NHS maternity advice line
NHS England now plans to roll out the service trialled in Surrey to other parts of the country Related items fromOnMedica Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Maternity care better in some respects – but still many problems Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the signs of pregnancy in week 2?
Doctors measure pregnancy from the first day of a woman ’s last period, so week 2 is often when conception occurs. Learn more about the possible symptoms here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How does sex drive change during pregnancy?
Among the many changes that women experience during pregnancy, they may notice that their sex drive increases or decreases in different trimesters. Learn more about sex drive changes and the safety of sex and masturbation during pregnancy here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Cholecystectomy Should Be Delayed Until After Pregnancy: Group Cholecystectomy Should Be Delayed Until After Pregnancy: Group
Cholecystectomy for pregnant women with benign biliary disease should be delayed until after delivery, according to findings from the California Cholecystectomy Group.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 26, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Anterior placenta: Everything you need to know
An anterior placenta occurs when the placenta attaches to and grows on the front of the uterus. It is not usually a cause for concern. Learn more in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Pregnant diabetic women are encouraged to take propolis
(Natural News) There are many things that could go wrong during a pregnancy. This is especially true for mothers who have been diagnosed with diseases such as diabetes. Fortunately, researchers from Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Nigeria and Universiti Sains Malaysia found a potential way of improving pregnancy outcomes in diabetic women. Their study, which was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Joint INGOs Message – Yemen Pledging Conference, 26 February 2019
Since the escalation of conflict in Yemen almost four years ago, the humanitarian needs have increased drastically, with an estimated 24 million people or 80% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in 2019. [1] This figure represents an increase of 2 million people or 10% in just12 months contributed to by an almost total collapse of Yemen’s economy, conflict across the country, violations of international law, as well as increased destruction of civilian infrastructure, notably schools and hospitals, and denial of access to basic services which in turns contribute to deaths by preventable ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Africa: World's First 'Blockchain Baby' Is Tanzanian
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -In an effort to improve access to healthcare, an Irish medical project made history by registering the world's first 'blockchain baby' in Tanzania, news reports revealed. The groundbreaking feat was attained last July but has just come to light. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 26, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Meghan Markle's trips to NYC, Morocco put spotlight on flying while pregnant
The Duchess of Sussex told well-wishers she is expecting her first child in April. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Nigeria: Unplanned Pregnancies On the Rise Among Women in Lagos - Report
[Vanguard] When Mrs Juliet Adeniji had her fourth child six years ago she and her husband Kola decided to put a stop to childbearing. But in January last year when she missed her period for the first time in six years, she was shocked. Apparently, not expecting to be pregnant as she was following the natural method taught by their church counsellors, she did not that such a method was not as effective as modern contraceptives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 26, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: HIV Is My Unwanted Pregnancy
[Bhekisisa] If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Testing and Diagnosis for Zika Virus
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Published: 2/26/2019. This Web page, updated in February 2019, provides guidance about testing for and diagnosis of Zika virus. It discusses Assessing Need for Testing, When to Test, Testing Symptomatic Pregnant Women, Testing Asymptomatic Pregnant Women, Testing Pregnant or Postpartum Women who Have a Fetus or Infant with Possible Zika-Associated Birth Defects, Testing Partners of Pregnant Women, Testing Information, and Clinician Resources. It also makes recommendations by geographic location. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New mothers reduce their alcohol intake, but this change is short-lived
(University of Melbourne) Most women dramatically reduce their alcohol intake on learning they are pregnant, but by the time their child is five they are back to their pre-pregnancy drinking levels, a new international study has found.The research, led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, reported little change in the drinking patterns of men on becoming fathers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Maternal smoking during pregnancy increases risk of ADHD among offspring up to 3-fold
(University of Turku) The higher the cotinine levels were in the mother's blood during pregnancy, the greater was the child's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life, showed an epidemiological study conducted by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku, Finland. Globally, it is the first study in which the connection between fetal nicotine exposure and diagnosis of ADHD was shown by measuring cotinine levels from pregnant maternal serum specimens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 26, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Two STIs Confer Similar Risks for Reproductive Problems
(MedPage Today) -- Research on gonorrhea finds similar risks for ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility as chlamydia (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - February 26, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pregnant women want physicians' advice on receiving fetal genomic information
Most pregnant women want doctors' advice on the types of information to receive from prenatal whole genome sequencing. Obstetricians and other clinicians will need additional training on how to present fetal genomic information in a way that meets an individual woman's needs. (Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights)
Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights - February 26, 2019 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about back pain in pregnancy
Back pain affects around two-thirds of women during pregnancy. In this article, we look at the causes of back pain in the first, second, and third trimester, and ways to relieve the pain. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Southern Specialties Voluntarily Recalls Bagged Green Beans and Butternut Squash Distributed in Southeast because of Possible Health Risk
Southern Specialties Inc. of Pompano Beach, Florida is voluntarily recalling select bags of Marketside brand green beans and butternut squash 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 - February 26, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression
A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study bolsters link between prenatal nicotine exposure and ADHD
(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who have nicotine in their systems from smoking are more likely to have children who develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mother whose son was born with untreatable heart condition describes surprise of second pregnancy
Caitlin Merrill, 28, from Clayton, North Carolina, gave birth to her son Thaxton in February 2018. Two days later, he passed away. Eight months after that, she learned she was expecting again. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal Care Inadequate for Moms With Child Taken Into Care
MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 -- Mothers with a history of having a child taken into care by child protection services have an increased risk for inadequate prenatal care in a future pregnancy, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in CMAJ, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Metformin may reduce miscarriage risk in polycystic ovary syndrome patients
Research, published inThe Lancet Diabetes& Endocrinology, suggests that metformin reduces the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - February 25, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Prevalence and determinants of antenatal depression in Ethiopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Ayano G, Tesfaw G, Shumet S.
BACKGROUND: Maternal depression is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder during pregnancy, can alter fetal development and have a lasting impact on the offspring's neurological and behavioral development. However, no review has been conducted to report t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news