Newborn Health

Autism in children ‘not linked to eating fish during pregnancy’

Mothers who eat fish during pregnancy are not increasing their children’s risk of autism or autistic traits. This is according to a study by the University of Bristol, UK, which examined the assumption that mercury exposure during pregnancy is a major cause of autism. They conducted the...

More than one day of early pregnancy bleeding linked to lower birth weight

Women who experience vaginal bleeding for more than one day during the first trimester of pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a smaller baby, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, US, have suggested. On average, full-term babies born to women with more than one day of bleeding...

EEG scans 'can detect signs of autism in very young infants'

New mothers could receive greater clarity on whether their children are affected by autism with the help of a simple electroencephalogram (EEG) scan. A new study from the Boston Children's Hospital in the US has revealed that low-cost EEGs can be used to measure electrical activity in the...

Healthy living prior to pregnancy 'necessary to reduce risk of birth complications'

Making healthy lifestyle changes during pregnancy is unlikely to have a significant effect in reducing the risk of potential birth complications, according to a report. Professor Gita Mishra, a researcher at Australia's University of Queensland School of Public Health, has contributed to an...

Link found between temperature, sleep arousals and SIDS

A new study has suggested a link between temperature, sleep arousals and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - the sudden, unexplained death during sleep of children under one year of age. Scientists from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Boston University, US, claim that the risk of SIDS is...

Epilepsy drug banned during pregnancy

Pregnant women will no longer be prescribed a common epilepsy drug, after it was found to damage unborn babies. Any woman or girl who is of childbearing age will need to sign a form to indicate they have had the risks explained to them and that they fully understand the implications if they wish to...

Prenatal cannabis usage more likely to result in low birth weight

Women who use cannabis during pregnancy increase the chance of their baby having a low birth weight by 50 per cent, new research suggests. Prenatal cannabis usage also set the stage for serious future health problems including infection and increased time spent in neonatal intensive care units,...

Study finds link between paracetamol and child brain development problems

A new study has found clues to the possible link between the use of paracetamol by pregnant women and the apparent increased likelihood of children suffering neurodevelopmental disorders. Paracetamol has long been regarded as a safe medication during pregnancy and is widely used, but a study by the...

Pregnant mothers should avoid sugar and diet soda, study warns

Mothers-to-be who consume more fruits and avoid sugar during pregnancy stand to benefit their child’s cognitive functions, new research suggests. A study, based on dietary assessment data for more than 1,000 pregnant women from 1999 to 2002, found that poorer childhood cognition occurred,...

Genetic factors for viral bronchiolitis identified

Genetic factors associated with how severe a case of acute viral bronchiolitis have been identified by a group of scientists in Brazil. Researchers at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil have looked at the condition, as it is the most common disease in the first...