It’s been about a year since the spike in newborns with microcephaly began. In Brazil, a total of 2,001 cases of this and other brain malformation cases were reported. Testing has confirmed that at least 343 of them were directly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Ministry argues that the rest are most likely linked as well since there has been an 85 percent drop in cases when compared to last year.
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For women who have a mitochondrial disease, having a child is a risk. Miscarriages are common, and if they are able to carry to term, their infants are at risk for early mortality. For this reason, many abandon the hope of ever having a child of their own. But that could soon change, thanks to the welcoming of the world’s very first three-person IVF baby.
There are many different ways to wean a baby onto solid foods. Parents who choose the “baby-led” method should be able to rest easy after a new study determined that it does not increase the risk of choking – as long as certain “rules” are adhered to during the weaning process.
Statistics estimate that around 8.6 percent of all children and teens suffer from asthma. That makes it the most prominent childhood illness. It is also a scary and frustrating illness that carries the same symptoms for children as it does for adults: wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Of course, because children have smaller airways, their symptoms are sometimes more severe.This can be especially frightening for both parents and children. Thankfully, a new study suggests that breastfeeding could reduce the occurrence and frequency of these asthma-related symptoms.
While most studies focus on the causes of autism, one from UW Medicine, UW Bothell, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute recently examined factors that affect its severity. Published in Autism Research, the new study found that exposure to ultrasound during the first trimester could increase the severity of autism and other genetic disorders.
Baby simulators (robotic babies) have been used in public schools for some time now. Long enough, in fact, that researchers have now had the chance to collect data and determine whether or not they are actually effective at reducing the risk of teen pregnancy. This is one of the key reasons they exist, after all. Sadly, it seems they are not meeting their intended purpose.
All mothers want to believe that they have done the very best for their babies, given them every chance to live up to their full potential. When it comes to nurturing their intelligence, it could be as easy as eating fruit during pregnancy – at least that is what one study says.
It is a glimmer of hope in a country wracked with the devastation of war. A live birth after a pregnant woman is struck by a bomb in Aleppo, and a happy ending for both mother and baby, despite the odds against them both. For a brief moment, that miracle drowns out the darkness.
Since it first became a global threat in 2007, Zika has led to more than 1,800 illnesses throughout the United States. Six have been linked directly to mosquito bites, but most have been travel-related, most often acquired overseas. This is thought to be the way that a newborn infant, who was recently confirmed as the second Zika-related death in the United States, contracted the highly feared mosquito virus.
Held at Orlando International Airport, the Jetblue Blue Horizons for Autism” program follows other that have taken place at airports like LaGuardia Airport in New York and Logan International Airport in Boston. Individuals with autism of all ages had the chance to check in at the ticket counter, go through security, travel on the airport tram, and board a plane.
doctors from the Imperial College London in the UK have been given ethical approval to start a clinical trial that will allow 10 women from the UK to receive transplanted wombs and hopefully give birth to their own babies.
several studies have found that a concerning number of women continue to drink during pregnancy. A new one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms this while also revealing that binge drinking may actually be a bigger problem for pregnant women than for women who are not pregnant.
Preeclampsia, which can occur any time after the 20th week of pregnancy, is one of the most common. With no other treatment currently available for the condition, infants are typically born within just days of their mother’s diagnosis. This can mean severe complications and possibly even infant mortality, especially for those born very prematurely.
In some countries, abandoned babies are devastatingly common. In others, they are almost unheard of. England is one of the latter, which is exactly why authorities are so concerned over the welfare of a mother who recently abandoned her baby in Northamptonshire.