Second-hand Smoke and Pregnancy: What’s the Risk?

Second-hand smoking is associated with pregnancy loss that includes miscarriage, stillbirth as well as tubal ectopic pregnancy, as reported by a new study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB). The research findings, released online by the journal Tobacco Control, mark an important step to [...]

What are the Symptoms of an Under Active Thyroid in Pregnancy?

Hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland is inflamed, is the most frequent thyroid issue diagnosed during pregnancy. This can be caused by congenital defects or an outside catalyst such as surgery, radiation or certain medications. Pregnant women ignoring the symptoms of subclinical or borderline hypothyroidism may [...]

Light Exposure in Pregnancy Plays a Part in Eye Development

Latest study in medical journal Nature concludes the eye requires light to develop normally in pregnancy. The sudden finding gives a new basic knowledge of foetal eye development and ocular conditions due to vascular problems -- in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that could blind premature babies. Richard Lang, [...]

Pregnant Women With Hypertension At Increased Risk Of Developing Chronic Kidney Disease

Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are at increased risk  of developing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, reveals a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition that occurs when the arteries have a significant force of blood pushing [...]

Study Finds Mutation Of A Key Folic Acid Enzyme Causes Neural Tube Defects

The lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing embryos, researchers from The University of Texas revealed. Neural tube defects are specific birth defects affecting the brain, spine, or spinal cord. These defects occur in the first month of [...]