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  1. Other
    A new blood test that can predict preterm birth and estimate due dates may be on the horizon. Despite the fact that only 5% of babies are born on their "due date," it remains one of the first questions asked when expecting. While knowing the estimated delivery date of a baby can help a family...
  2. Baby
    New research aimed at optimizing the amount of steroids given to at-risk infants could benefit millions of preemies. Nearly 10% of babies are born early in the United States each year. Infants born early face respiratory issues, bleeding in the brain, digestive problems, as well as many other...
  3. Green Goods
    Most women try to avoid bacteria while expecting. However, a new study shows that consuming probiotics, or "friendly bacteria," during pregnancy may lower the risk of the pre-eclampsia and pre-term birth. Preeclampsia affects two to eight percent of pregnancies worldwide, with an estimated 3.4%...
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    For the second year in a row, U.S. preterm births rose in 2016. A new study suggests that the type of bacteria living in a woman's reproductive tract may contribute to premature birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every ten infants are born...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    Mothers who have given birth prematurely know just how devastating it can be. However, a new scientific discovery may help to make preterm births less common. Nearly ten percent of babies born in the United States are born preterm, or before they have reached 37 weeks of gestation. Preterm...
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    It's a known fact that chemicals that women absorb from the environment can cross the placenta to the fetus. A new study reveals that exposure to agricultural pesticides may put babies at substantial risk for birth abnormalities. Expecting mothers do everything possible to protect their babies...
  7. Baby
    As if surviving cancer at a young age doesn't give enough struggle as it is, new research says that there may be increased risk for pregnancy complications in young cancer survivors. New research from the University of North Carolina has concluded that there may be an increased risk for...
  8. Baby
    Scientists have identified a molecular driver of inflammation that might explain the cause of mild infections in pregnant women, triggering preterm births. Preterm birth is a leading cause of illness and death in infants worldwide, according to Dr. Senad Divanovic, an assistant professor of...
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