Pre-eclampsia is a combination of raised blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in the urine (proteinuria). It is quite common, usually occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy, affecting between 2 and … Continue Reading Researchers identify serum biomarkers for predicting women at risk of pre-eclampsia.
Each year about one in every nine infants in the United States is born preterm (before 37 weeks), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Premature birth can … Continue Reading Researchers identify molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs responsible for initiating labour.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found for the first time that stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. … Continue Reading Study finds mother’s stress alters babies’ gut and neurodevelopment through vaginal microbiome.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a ‘placenta-on-a-chip’ to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. The device was … Continue Reading Researchers successfully develop placenta-on-a-chip which mirrors what occurs in the human body.
Researchers at Columbia University and Leiden University have found that children whose mothers were malnourished at famine levels during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy had changes in DNA methylation … Continue Reading Epigenomic study pinpoints critical period for prenatal nutrition in development of fetus.
The signal molecule, retinoic acid, is a product of vitamin A which helps to instruct how different types of tissue are to be formed in the growing embryo. For the … Continue Reading Previously unknown effect of vitamin A on embryonic development identified.