Just in time for some dinner-prep or nighttime reading, here are the articles that caught my eye over the last few days. Thoughts and prayers being sent to the families in the Philippines. It is amazing to see how the miracle of life continues on in the face of destruction and devastation.
As we approach Premature Awareness Day on November 17, I am guessing there will be more articles about preemies and NICU care - if they don't make it on here, make sure to check our Pinterest Boards for the articles we find and want to save for future reference.
If there are any other topics you are interested in, please leave me a note. I am an avid reader and there is so much information to cull through on a daily basis. I would like to include the topics that are important to you!
Asthma May Lengthen Time to Get Pregnant
"Getting pregnant may take longer for women with asthma, a new study from
Researchers analyzed information from more than 15,000 women
in Denmark, including 950 who had asthma.
When asked whether they had ever spent more than a year trying to
become pregnant, 27 percent of women with asthma said yes, compared
to 21 percent of women without asthma."
More on LiveScience: http://bit.ly/HWig8Y
U.K. Study Finds There May Be A Way For Doctors To Predict
Preeclampsia In Pregnant Women
“A recent study done in the United Kingdom and published in an American Heart
Association Journal, found that by checking the placental protein levels,
doctors may be able determine whether a woman will develop preeclampsia.”
Read the article from NY1: http://bit.ly/HWhbye
Study discovers that senescence also plays a role in embryo development
“One of the main mechanisms the
body uses to protect itself against cancer is to switch off defective cells by
making them senescent; these cells do not die but stop dividing: their life
cycle stops. A team of researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research
Centre (CNIO) in Madrid and another one from the Centre for Genomic Regulation
(CRG) in Barcelona have discovered, and are publishing in two articles in the
journal Cell, that this switching-off mechanism also takes place in
embryos, and not as a response to cell damage but as part the normal process of
development…The occurrence of senescence during embryonic development has
important implications for understanding how the body grows and is shaped.”
Read the rest of the article on MedicalXpress.com http://bit.ly/17tCcGn
My note: Something to look into if there is a high risk pregnancy:
Topol Predicts Genomic Screening Will Replace Amniocentesis
"Chromosomal aberration screening could be done between 8 and 10 weeks in the
first trimester, to screen for trisomy 13, 18, and 21. It is pretty darn
remarkable that there are 4 simple blood tests capitalizing on the cell-free
DNA from the fetus in that 1 tube of maternal blood, from which we can
determine chromosomal aberrations and gender as well as a whole lot more in
terms of sequencing the fetal genome."
"This is a very exciting time. Until now, we have completely
relied on amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling, which carry a significant
risk, although low. And, of course, expense, all sorts of trepidation, and
anxiety are factors. To be able to do this noninvasively with a tube of blood,
with accuracy that is as good as amniocentesis, is pretty darn remarkable."
More on MedScape.com: http://bit.ly/1e5oXAy
My note: For our VBAC students/readers – this is an oldie but a goodie:
ICAN of Atlanta: Laboring On the Monitors
In most hospitals, continuous external fetal monitoring (cEFM) is part of the
protocol for women having a VBAC. It can also be necessary for reasons such as
induction or other medical concerns. One common misconception about cEFM is
that you have to stay in bed in order to be monitored. This might be something
the nurses tell you, or just something you think and the nurses don’t bother to
correct you on. Either way, mobility and gravity are your best friends in
labor. Though the monitors do limit you to a small radius where the cords will
reach, there are many positions that can still be used for your comfort and to
help labor progress. (Also, don’t forget frequent bathroom breaks!)
Read the rest of the article and check out the picture gallery: http://bit.ly/1e5opKV
Delayed umbilical cord clamping reduces complications
"Waiting only one minute to cut the umbilical cord for a pre-term baby greatly
reduces complications, says Alberta Health Services.
"Since delayed cord clamping was introduced at the Royal
Alexandra Hospital in 2008, fewer babies are experiencing complications related
to their bowels and core temperature.
“Now, in that minute before we clamp the cord, a baby takes
his first breaths and pulls in some blood from the placenta. This extra blood
stabilizes the baby’s blood pressure and it is thought that the stem cells help
fight infection and repair damaged cells.”
"European studies show that the delayed cord clamping also
significantly reduces the risk of brain injury and hospital-acquired infection.
And it cuts the need for blood pressure support in babies born between 22 and
36 weeks of gestational age."
News story from the Alberta Health Services and Edmonton Sun:
Evan Rachel Wood opens up about childbirth
“Evan Rachel Wood has praised her husband, Jamie Bell, for supporting her
“The 'Charlie Countryman' actress decided to welcome their son into the world
naturally in July at their home in Los Angeles, and revealed her husband, 27, was
''wonderful'' during the experience.”
Read the Contactmusic.com here: http://bit.ly/1cZllmtBabies
My note: An FYI if you or anyone you know has had weight-loss surgery:
Study Ties Weight-Loss Surgery to Higher Risk of Preemie Birth
“Babies born to women who've had weight-loss surgery are more likely to be
premature and to have low birth weights, a new study found.
“These pregnancies should be considered at-risk and require careful monitoring
by doctors, said the researchers at the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden.
“But the study authors also pointed out that weight-loss surgery has numerous
benefits for mothers, such as reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease,
cancer and stroke. In addition, obesity is a known risk factor for both mother
and baby during pregnancy and childbirth.”
This article is from Newsday: http://bit.ly/1cZl3ft
Smart jacket for premature babies
“Together with the Máxima
Medical Center (MMC), Eindhoven University of Technology has developed a
prototype wireless 'baby jacket' for very premature babies in intensive care
units. The jacket, which includes monitoring sensors, is comfortable to wear
and was designed to reduce the baby's stress and make it easier for the parents
to hold their baby outside the incubator. This is expected to benefit the later
development of the baby.”
Read the rest of the news story at MedicalExpress.com: http://bit.ly/17tD9hG
NEW STUDY: Quiet conditions are bad for new-borns in care
“Neonatal intensive care units are full of life-saving equipment and people. It
could be that the noise that the equipment makes also helps new-borns recover
from serious health conditions.
“At the end of the study, the researchers found that babies who stayed in
private rooms had less mature brains than those who stayed in an open ward.
With the private rooms, the researchers are of the opinion that the noise
abatement effort made things too quiet for these babies. This matches other
research which indicates that babies need
stimulation to thrive.”
Read more at the digitaljournal.com: http://bit.ly/1e5qLcQ
Breastfeeding FAQs on www.ajc.com
My note: List of several common questions asked by breastfeeding mothers. Don’t necessarily agree with some of the
opinions scattered within (i.e., “follow your doctor’s vaccine schedule”) – for
the most part, great stuff and lots of other external links to explore.
Brought to you by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution at http://bit.ly/1duymR4
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