Newborn Health

Scientists develop new method for monitoring foetal heartbeat

An international team of researchers have developed a new technique to accurately isolate foetal heart sounds from background noise in acoustic recordings, which allows them to distinguish between different segments of the heartbeat. This technique could potentially lead to non-invasive and...

Folic acid ‘could reduce autism risk from pesticides’

Mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception could reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk, according to new research. Carried out by the University of California Davis (UC Davis), US, and other institutions, the research found that children whose mothers...

Women who breastfeed ‘less likely’ to be diagnosed with endometriosis

Women who breastfeed for long periods of time have a significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis, it has been reported. The Women in the Nurses' Health Study II by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women's Hospital, US, offers insights into a condition that until...

Pregnant British mums the ‘world’s worst’ for alcohol consumption

A recent study has found that pregnant British mums are one of the most likely in the world to consume alcohol, harming their unborn babies as a result. According to the Canadian Institute of Mental Health Policy and Research, children across the UK suffer four times more alcohol-related birth...

Improved survival among premature babies, finds study

A new study has found that the survival of preterm babies (those born before 37 weeks) has increased around the world. Researchers, based at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, compared rates of survival - and survival without neuromotor and sensory disabilities...

Early term babies ‘at greater risk of diabetes and obesity-related diseases’

Early term deliveries have an impact on babies' long-term health, resulting in an increased risk of diabetes and obesity-related illnesses, as well as shortened life spans. This is according to a new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel. An early term...

Perfect hand hygiene ‘can still lead to MRSA transmission in NICU babies’

Perfectly clean hands can still lead to transmission of MRSA among babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research led by Drexel University, US. Dr Neal Goldstein, assistant research professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and his colleagues examined how a NICU...

Study: Banned chemicals pass through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, which have been banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new research conducted by Indiana University. The researchers explained that the chemicals are linked to health...

HIV-positive women ‘more likely to transmit cytomegalovirus to babies’

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus (CMV) in their urine at the time of labour and delivery are more than five times likelier to transmit HIV to their babies than HIV-positive women without CMV, according to a new study led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The researchers...

Late premature birth ‘increases hospitalisation risk for respiratory illness’

A new study of children up to two years of age has revealed that those born late preterm (34-36 weeks) had a significantly greater risk of recurrent hospitalisation for respiratory illness compared to those who were born full term (later than 37 weeks). It was also found that the repeat hospital...