Newborn Health

Financial worries can affect health of babies

Financial anxiety can have an adverse impact on the health of newborns, findings suggest. A study from Ohio State University found a link between monetary worries and low birth-weight babies, which can later suffer from long-term issues such as obesity and heart disease. Researchers advise...

Women risking health of newborns with needless scans, study shows

Women are putting the health of their unborn babies in jeopardy by agreeing to unnecessary scans, a new poll has suggested. The NHS currently offers scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks in order to check the health of unborn children, but a poll from Channelmum.com found that nearly a third still pay for...

Women risking health of newborns with needless scans, study shows

Women are putting the health of their unborn babies in jeopardy by agreeing to unnecessary scans, a new poll has suggested. The NHS currently offers scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks in order to check the health of unborn children, but a poll from Channelmum.com found that nearly a third still pay for...

Financial worries can affect health of babies

Financial anxiety can have an adverse impact on the health of newborns, findings suggest. A study from Ohio State University found a link between monetary worries and low birth-weight babies, which can later suffer from long-term issues such as obesity and heart disease. Researchers advise...

New scans could help track brain development of unborn babies

New technology allowing detailed scans of baby brains could help scientists to track brain development, a new study has indicated. Research from the Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) found new techniques to allow photos to be taken of foetuses and babies that were previously difficult,...

Doctors may be able to predict newborn health during pregnancy

Specific genetic changes in the placentas of women could have an impact on the health of newborns, a new study has indicated. According to research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), these changes could affect the ability of the placenta to develop blood vessels and sufficiently...

Folic acid throughout pregnancy ‘can boost children’s resilience’

Taking folic acid supplements throughout pregnancy enhances psychological development in children, says new research carried out by the University of Ulster, UK. According to the researchers, it is widely accepted that taking folic acid in the first trimester of pregnancy can benefit children...

Cheap drug could save thousands from post-partum bleeding

A widely available drug could dramatically reduce the risk of death associated with bleeding after childbirth. A new study tested 20,000 women from around the world to see if the drug tranexamic (TXA) was beneficial. It was found that death as a result of bleeding was reduced by around 31 per cent...

IVF 'doesn't affect long-term health of children'

Children conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not at risk from more future health concerns compared to those conceived naturally, scientists have said. IVF has become more common over recent years, but since its initial inception, there have been concerns over the effect of the method...

Antidepressants during pregnancy 'do not cause ADHD and autism'

Taking antidepressants before pregnancy and during the early stages does not increase a child's chances of developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. Scientists from Indiana University, US, found that there were no increased risks of...