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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.

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Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  

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MRI data suggest prenatal exposure to the medication increases the volume of brain regions vital to processing emotions.

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Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 

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Pesticide Residues Linked to Unsuccessful IVF

By Kerry Grens | October 30, 2017

Women who ate more produce known to harbor pesticides were less likely to succeed with fertility treatment than women who ate fewer of these fruits and vegetables.

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Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 5, 2017

In humans, the DNA vaccine elicited the production of antibodies, which then protected mice from Zika infection.

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials

By Aggie Mika | August 14, 2017

Some vaccine developers are taking steps to include them, in line with bioethicists' urging, but it will likely take years before any expectant mothers are enrolled.

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image: Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses

Zika Vaccines Protect Mouse Fetuses

By Aggie Mika | July 13, 2017

The first-of-its-kind study follows on the heels of ethicists’ urging vaccine developers to conduct clinical trials in pregnant women.

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