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Serum Progesterone Helps Stratify Ectopic Pregnancy Risk

Measurement of serum progesterone levels may be helpful in deciding which emergency department patients with no strong clinical signs are at low risk of ectopic pregnancy, according to a report in the August issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. .. .. ..They measured progesterone levels in 716 first-trimester patients ..who presented to an emergency department with abdominal pain or ..vagina...

IMA wants members not to do sex determination tests during pregnancy

The Indian Medical Association has asked its members to refrain from conducting sex-determination tests and aiding female foeticide. No support would be extended to practitioners caught in the act, the IMA said on Sunday. "We as an organisation should warn our members against aiding in such heinous crimes", said Dr. Vinay Agarwal, joint secretary, IMA headquarters, New Delhi. ..He was speaking a...

Pregnancy Blues

A British study has found that women report higher levels of depression symptoms during pregnancy than after having a baby. .... A team headed by Dr Jonathan Evans of the University of Bristol had more than 12,000 pregnant women fill out a series of mood questionnaires, following them from 18 weeks into pregnancy through to 8 months after childbirth. .. ..The risky period was 32 weeks into pr...

Gel prevents pregnancy

Women will soon get access to a new gel, which works in a similar way to the contraceptive pill. The gel, which is rubbed onto the stomach each day, is being tested in four countries world-wide.For many women, protecting against pregnancy means the daily ritual of popping the contraceptive pill. But now there's a new option under trial.// ....Dr Edith Weisberg from the Family Planning Association...

Cigerettes unsafe during pregnancy

One-third of SIDS deaths could be prevented if all pregnant women stopped smoking, say Australian researchers, arguing that healthcare providers need much more support and training in helping women quit.....They found that smoking doubles the risk of having a low birth weight baby, a miscarriage or a pre-term birth, and triples the rate of SIDS - and if women are not able to give up entirely, the...

Smoking Delays Pregnancy

Women who continue smoking while trying to have a baby risk having to wait significantly longer to get pregnant. Researchers at the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford University compared the time taken to conceive by 569 women smokers, ex-smokers and never-smokers. Their findings show that on average women who continued to smoke while attempting to conceive took almost two months longer to co...

Pregnancy should not be confined

Women who are in the late stages of pregnancy may still be able to fly home for the holidays. Pregnant women can also exercise more than previously recommended. Until now, there were no formal recommendations on flying during pregnancy.// Most airlines in the United States allow women to travel until they are about 9 months pregnant, but international airlines prohibit women from flying after 35...

Link between chlorine byproducts and pregnancy risks

Millions of Americans have been drinking tap water contaminated with chemical byproducts from chlorine. Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect drinking water.// When it is added to water that contains organic matter such as runoff from farms or lawns, however, it can form compounds such as chloroform that can cause illness. ....The study released by the Environmental Working Group and Public Int...

Asprin aids in pregnancy

A group from the Institute of Health Sciences in Oxford found that women who took low doses of Asprin were less likely to have a stillbirth, or to develop pre-eclampsia.// Taking low-dose aspirin may help women have a successful pregnancy, say the researchers. ....The researchers reviewed more than 23 previous studies of more than 22,000 women to assess the benefits of anti-platelet drugs, of w...

Toxins linked with pregnancy loss

Couples experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss are often concerned that toxins within the environment have contributed to their reproductive difficulty. Questions posed by these couples to their health care providers are difficult// to answer because scientifically accurate information regarding the reproductive impact of potential environmental toxins and other teratogens is not readily available...

Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of cleft palate

Researchers from the university of Michigan state that Women who smoke while pregnant are 60 percent to 70 percent more likely than nonsmokers to give birth// to a baby with a cleft lip or palate. The risk of the birth defect rises with the number of cigarettes that a mother-to-be smokes each day, even after factors like the mother's race, age and educational level are considered. The finding, ba...

Pregnancy weight linked to breast cancer

Women who gain 38 pounds or more while pregnant raise their risk of developing breast cancer after menopause by 40%...Excess pregnancy weight gain// doesn't increase breast cancer risk in pre-menopausal women, but it does increase risk for post-menopausal women. ....The study found that women who gained 40 pounds or more during pregnancy raise their post-menopausal risk of developing breast canc...

Light therapy decreases depression during pregnancy

Yale researchers found that radiant-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women. Dr. Dan Oren, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Jersy, felt that the availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant light therapy in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option.// ....The researchers conducted a pilot expe...

Incontinence after pregnancy

According to the scientists at the National Association for Continence, a new study shows early interference after women give birth may lower the prevalence of incontinence. Incontinence is loss of bladder control and is a symptom not a disease. Many conditions can cause incontinence,// including pregnancy or childbirth. According to the group, one in four women between ages 32 and 55 has experi...

Pregnancy complications indicate health problems

According to researchers, women who have had a complicated pregnancy could benefit from screening to prevent diabetes and heart disease later on. Researchers in Glasgow, Scotland, suggest that recent evidence justifies monitoring women who have had difficult pregnancies //- for they are at risk of health problems later on in life. For example, those who develop diabetes during pregnancy are at in...

The Use Of Antioxidants To Diminish Effects of Alcohol During Pregnancy Questioned

Researchers say taking antioxidants during pregnancy may prevent birth defects in babies born to women who abuse alcohol. When pregnant mice // were exposed to ethanol and also given an antioxidant, researchers saw a 36-percent reduction in limb malformations in the offspring. Ethanol is the intoxicating agent in liquor. ..Researcher say the nutritional status of alcoholics isn’t the best, people...

Reduce risk of osteoporosis in children by taking Vitamin D during Pregnancy

It has been known for long now that Vitamin D supplementation helps women but in a study comes the fact that Vitamin D supplementation in pregnant// women could lead to long-lasting reduction in osteoporotic fractures in their children... ..According to a study it has been shown that children whose mothers were lacking in vitamin D during pregnancy grow up to have weaker bones. ....It is a commo...

Peelings And Scrubbings Can Prevent Post Pregnancy Marks

A women’s magazine from Germany has reported that regular peelings and scrubbing with a brush can help to prevent the marks that occur when the skin is stretched during pregnancy. // ....Peelings and washings increase circulation and keep the tissue elastic, the Munich-based magazine said. The same is true of massages. ....When stretch marks are already visible on the skin, the use of certain su...

Pregnancy shouldn't be dissuaded in older age

According to a new study shows there is no conclusive medical reason, based on age, why women in their 50s should not try to become pregnant by in vitro fertilization. Researchers from the Keck School// of Medicine of the University of Southern California investigated pregnancy outcomes in women, ages 50 and older, who conceived after in vitro fertilization with donor eggs. They analyzed the case...

Women who quit smoking during pregnancy tend to relapse

A study by researchers at Pace University in New York found from an analysis of smoking data from 10 states collected between 1993 until 1999 found that the percentage of women who quit smoking rose from 37% to 46% during pregnancy. However, more than half of those were unable to remain ex-smokers six months after giving birth.// ....The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medic...

Miscarriage during pregnancy and heart disease linked

A recent study published in the February issue of the British Medical Journal has reported that women who had had a miscarriage were more at risk of heart disease later in life than those who had not. 129,290 women, who delivered their first live infant in Scotland during the years 1981-85, were identified as eligible for the study. Nearly 12,000 had suffered a miscarriage or repeated miscarriage...

Dads to blame for longer pregnancies

Danish researchers led by Annette Wind Olsen have reported in the British..Medical Journal that fathers might be responsible for pregnancies that last..longer than 42 weeks or 294 days. The condition of prolonged pregnancies affects..around 5% of pregnant mothers. The researchers conducted a study of about 28,000..women between 1980 and 1994. About 21,000 women in the group had a first..pregnancy...

ASPIRIN MAY HELP LOWER PREGNANCY RISK

Low-dose aspirin taken during pregnancy may help lower the risk of pre-eclampsia, doctors say. ..Their review found a daily low dose of aspirin among high-risk women can reduce the risk of perinatal death and pre-eclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension. ..women with a history of pre-eclampsia or who had chronic hypertension, diabetes or renal disease who took a daily low dose (50 mg to 150 m...

Wait Between Pregnancies

New research shows women who allow only short intervals of time between pregnancies are at an increased risk for developing complications. ....Researchers in Scotland studied nearly 90,000 women who had given birth twice between 1992 and 1998. Results of the study show women with complicated first births are much more likely to become pregnant again in less than six months. They are also more lik...

Ginseng Associated with Pregnancy Risks

Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement thought to have anti-cancer properties and to boost stamina, improve physical and mental abilities, and help people cope with stress...Previous studies suggest it is regularly used by pregnant women, particularly in Asian countries. // ..Studies done, found up to 10 percent of women had taken the supplement while pregnant. Another recent survey found about...

Predicting The Risk Of Preeclampsia During Pregnancy

Preeclampsia usually occurs without warning when a woman develops dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy.// About 5 percent of pregnant women are affected by the condition. Many also begin to excrete protein in their urine. If the condition progresses to eclampsia, potentially life-threatening seizures can result.While doctors can treat the seizures and high blood pressure associated w...

Drugs Taken During Pregnancy Found To Affect Unborn Babies

The lifetime risk for depression in women ranges from 10 percent to 25 percent, with the peak prevalence occurring during // the childbearing years. Some reports suggest as many as 14 percent of pregnant women suffer from depression and up to 35 percent of women use antidepressants during pregnancy. Studies involving infants exposed to SSRIs in the womb have shown few ill effects, so most doctors...

Complications Of Pregnancy May Increase The Risk Of Cancer

Preeclampsia is the condition of high blood pressure in pregnant women and is a common complication of pregnancy.// Previous studies have shown either no association or have suggested a protective association between preeclampsia and cancer. ..However a recent study shows that women with a history of preeclampsia have future concerns to be aware of. New research shows the condition brings with it...

Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Not Safe

New research indicates that even light to moderate drinking should be avoided as it may interfere with learning and memory in children as late as // adolescence. Researchers define light drinking as three or less drinks per week, and moderate drinking is more than three drinks a week, but less than one drink per day. ..Previous studies have shown that drinking heavily during pregnancy could lead...

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Aborted Pregnancy Questioned

Based on the results of a recent study researchers say evidence does not suggest any increase in the risk of developing breast cancer // for women who have had a spontaneous or induced abortion.Researchers found the average relative risk of breast cancer was .98 for women whose pregnancies ended in miscarriage and .93 for women who had a pregnancy that ended as an induced abortion. A relative ri...

The Importance Of “ Good ”Control Of Diabetes During Pregnanc

Investigators surveyed about 320 women with type 1 diabetes and noted significant problems, despite the fact most of the women // had what doctors considered a “good handle” on their diabetes. Compared to women in the general population, these women were three- to 12-times more likely to suffer complications of pregnancy such as high maternal blood pressure, higher birth weight babies, babies wit...

Antidepressants Late In Pregnancy Harmful to Unborn Baby

Researchers looked at what effect antidepressants taken late in pregnancy have on the birth of the baby. The study included 997 infants.// All of the babies’ moms took antidepressants during their third trimester.Researchers found that maternal use of antidepressants late in pregnancy causes an increased risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. Researchers also found an increased risk for a l...

The Effects Of Dental X-Rays During Pregnancy Questioned

Women who have dental X-rays during pregnancy are three-times more likely to have a low-birth weight infant, according to a new study.// ..Researchers studied about 4,500 women. They found women who had dental X-rays were more likely to have babies weighing less than five pounds. Specialists seem surprised by the fact since the amount of radiation pregnant women were exposed to was very low and g...

Controlling Asthma during Pregnancy

According to a recent study researchers say , moms-to-be who are carrying girls are more likely to experience a worsening of their asthma // than pregnant asthmatic women carrying boys. Doctors speculate female fetuses may produce a substance in response to the inflammation of the mother’s airways that somehow worsens the woman’s pre-existing asthma. ..Researchers found 60 percent of asthmatic w...

The Link Between Pregnancy and Restless Legs Syndrome

New research shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing restless legs syndrome. Restless legs syndrome is marked by // an urge to move the legs and is generally accompanied by unpleasant numbness, tingling or burning sensations. Patients also report an increase in symptoms during rest, a partial, temporary relief from symptoms through activity, and a worsening of symptoms at nig...

The Link Between Pregnancy and Restless Legs Syndrome

New research shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing restless legs syndrome. Restless legs syndrome is marked by // an urge to move the legs and is generally accompanied by unpleasant numbness, tingling or burning sensations. Patients also report an increase in symptoms during rest, a partial, temporary relief from symptoms through activity, and a worsening of symptoms at nig...

Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy Could Help Prevent Spina Bifida

Folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy can reduce up to 70 percent of spina bifida cases, according to a new study.// Spina bifida, a condition in which the neural tube (an embryonic form of the brain and spinal cord) fails to fuse. Spina bifida is a condition that involves lifelong medical management. It is also one of the most common malformations of human structure. ..Results show that...

Avoiding Drugs During Pregnancy

Reports suggest as many as 14 percent of pregnant women suffer from depression and up to 35 percent of women use antidepressants during pregnancy. Studies involving infants exposed to anti –depressants // in the womb have shown few ill effects, so most doctors believe these drugs can be safely prescribed for pregnant women. However, most studies have only compared major outcomes, such as physical...

Breathing Cancer Causing Compounds During Pregnancy Found To Affect Offspring

Based on findings of a recent study researchers have linked breathing cancer-causing compounds during pregnancy // to an increased risk of childhood cancer among offspring. They also believe that nearly all childhood cancers can probably be traced back to a mother’s inhalation of noxious substances. ..The study compared a chemical emissions map with all children age 15 and younger who died from l...

Vitamin C Consumption In Pregnancy Found To Increase The Likelihood Of Asthma and Eczema in Kids

Total Vitamin C intake during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of eczema and asthma in children by age 2, say researchers according to a recent study.// ..2,000 women were studied to determine how antioxidant intake during pregnancy affects the development of asthma and eczema in children. The full two-year study was completed by 1,300 of the women. The participants were required to fill out...
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