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July 3, 2023

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Eating for Two? Leave Weight Advice to the Experts During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be better supported by trained dietitians to control weight gain during pregnancy, according to a new analysis of almost 100 ...

New Model Provides Unprecedented Window Into Human Embryonic Development

Two to three weeks after conception, an embryo faces a critical point in its development. In the stage known as gastrulation, the transformation of embryonic cells into specialized cells begins. This initiates an explosion of cellular diversity in which the embryonic cells later become the ...

Human Embryo-Like Models Created from Stem Cells to Understand Earliest Stages of Human Development

Scientists have created a stem cell-derived model of the human embryo in the lab by reprogramming human stem cells. The breakthrough could help research into genetic disorders and in understanding why and how pregnancies ...

One in Five Women Become Pregnant Naturally After Having a Baby Conceived With IVF

New research analyzed data from 11 studies of over 5,000 women around the world between 1980 and 2021, to evaluate how common it is to get pregnant naturally after having a baby conceived by fertility treatment. Around 20% of women who needed ...

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Early Signs That May Help Predict ADHD Risk

Information available at birth may help to identify children with higher likelihood of developing ADHD, according to new ...

New Genetic Target for Male Contraception Identified

Discovery of a gene in multiple mammalian species could pave the way for a highly effective, reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive for humans and animals. Researchers identified expression ...

Assisted Reproduction Kids Grow Up Just Fine -- But It May Be Better to Tell Them Early About Biological Origins, Twenty-Year Study Suggests

Landmark study finds no difference in psychological wellbeing or quality of family relationships between children born by assisted reproduction (egg or sperm donation or surrogacy) and those born ...

Father's Alcohol Consumption Before Conception Linked to Brain and Facial Defects in Offspring

Research investigating fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) exclusively examines maternal alcohol exposure. However, because men drink more and are more likely to binge drink than women, scientists set out ...

Time-Restricted Fasting Could Cause Fertility Problems

Researchers have found that time-restricted fasting could cause fertility problems. Time-restricted fasting is an eating pattern where people limit their food consumption to certain hours of the day. ...

Researchers Create Embryo-Like Structures from Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells

Human embryo development and early organ formation remain largely unexplored due to ethical issues surrounding the use of embryos for research as well as limited availability of materials to study. ...

New Technology to Select Healthier Sperm for IVF Success

Scientists have developed new technology to help couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) due to male fertility problems to increase their chances of success in having a ...

Living With Pet Cats or Dogs Is Associated With Fewer Food Allergies in Young Children, Study Finds

In an analysis of over 65,000 infants from Japan, children exposed to pet cats or indoor dogs during fetal development or early infancy tended to have fewer food allergies compared to other ...

Ending THC Use May Reverse Its Impacts on Male Fertility, Research Shows

A previous study confirmed that chronic use of cannabis may greatly impact male fertility and reproductive outcomes in nonhuman primates -- but it was unclear whether the effects are permanent. Now, ...

Promoting Healthy Longevity Should Start Young: Pregnancy Complications Lift Women's Risk of Mortality in the Next 50 Years

Pregnancies complicated by preterm delivery, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and gestational diabetes are linked with an increased risk of mortality. Researchers have investigated the question ...

Excess Calories During Development Alters the Brain and Spurs Adult Overeating

New research could help develop treatments to reduce cravings for unhealthy ...

Disproportionate Percentage of Females With Unexplained Infertility Have Gene Variants Known to Cause Heart Problems, Cancer

About 17% of women with unexplained infertility also have gene variants known to cause disease, from common conditions like heart disease to rare problems like ALS, researchers ...

Humans Bite Back by Deactivating Mosquito Sperm

New research makes it likely that proteins responsible for activating mosquito sperm can be shut down, preventing them from swimming to or fertilizing ...

Global Maternal Strep B Vaccination Program Could Save Millions and Prevent Thousands of Deaths Worldwide

A global maternal immunization program for group B Streptococcus -- strep B -- would save millions in healthcare costs by reducing death and disability, but without tiered pricing, equitable access ...

New, Non-Invasive Imaging Tool Maps Uterine Contractions During Labor

研究人员已经开发出一种新的成像工具,卡尔led electromyometrial imaging (EMMI), to create real-time, three-dimensional images and maps of contractions during labor. The non-invasive imaging ...

Dim Lights Before Bedtime to Reduce Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women should dim the lights in their home and turn off or at least dim their screens (computer monitors and smartphones) a few hours before bedtime to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes ...

New Stem Cell Model Developed for Research Into a Life-Threatening Malformation of the Newborn Lung

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is one of the deadliest birth defects. To better understand and treat this condition in the future, researchers designed a new cell model in the laboratory and tested ...

Whether Born Naturally or Via Cesarean Section, Babies Receive Essential Microbes from Their Mothers

Do cesarean-born babies miss out on essential microbes? New evidence suggests that the answer may be 'no.' Researchers report that mothers are able to transfer microbes to their babies via ...

Study Reveals Limitations in Evaluating Gene Editing Technology in Human Embryos

A commonly used scientific method to analyze a tiny amount of DNA in early human embryos fails to accurately reflect gene edits, according to new research. Although gene editing technologies hold ...

Pregnant Patients With Anxiety Have Altered Immune Systems

The immune system of pregnant women with anxiety is biologically different from that of pregnant women without anxiety, according to new ...

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