Newborn Health

Group B Streptococcus ‘causes 147,000 stillbirth and infant deaths’

An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria, a major yet preventable cause of maternal and infant ill health globally, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. The series of 11 research papers...

Clamping umbilical cord later ‘saves preterm babies' lives’

Thousands of preterm babies could be saved by waiting 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after birth instead of clamping it immediately. This is according to international research coordinated by the University of Sydney's National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials...

Researchers find clue behind SIDS

A developmental abnormality in babies - especially in premature babies and in boys - has for the first time been directly linked to cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital...

Study: No amount of alcohol safe during pregnancy

Any amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause extreme lasting effects on a child, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York, US. The researchers behind the study, led by Dr Marvin Diaz, assistant professor of psychology at Binghamton...

Mothers 'should avoid sleeping on their back in late pregnancy'

New mothers should avoid sleeping on their backs during late pregnancy in order to protect their baby's health, according to a new study. Research from the University of Auckland assessed 30 pregnant women at 34 to 38 weeks gestation and found that sleeping on one's back, rather than on the...

Multivitamins during pregnancy linked to lower risk of autism with intellectual disability

Children whose mothers took multivitamins during pregnancy are roughly 30 per cent less likely to develop autism with a co-occurring intellectual disability, according to a new study led by Drexel University, US. The researchers examined data collected over more than a decade in Sweden and found...

Foetal brain damage caused by Zika ‘can be detected by MRI and ultrasound’

Doctors managing Zika-affected pregnancies should use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to standard ultrasound (US), as more detailed MRI images can reveal more extensive areas of damage to the developing foetal brain, according to research presented during IDWeek 2017, organised by the...

Pregnant women’s high blood pressure linked to child's risk of obesity

When pregnant women have higher blood pressure during pregnancy, it may raise their child’s risk of developing childhood obesity, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Study first author Dr Ju-Sheng Zheng, of Qingdao...

Iron supplements show long-term benefits for low birth weight babies

Providing low birth weight babies with iron supplements can prevent behavioural problems at school age, according to a new study led by Staffan Berglund of Umeå University in Sweden. Babies classified as low birth weight (under 2,500 grams) are at risk of iron deficiency, which is linked to...

Researchers discover clue in miscarriage mystery

The major structures of a baby's heart form in just four days, according to new research conducted by the Universities of Leeds, Durham and Edinburgh, UK. According to the research, identifying the precise time when this forming takes place could allow doctors to eventually be able to monitor...