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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 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.
The Child Hatchery, 1896
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
The incubator exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries publicized the care of premature babies.
Sequencing Genomes in the ICU Improves Outcomes
Bob Grant | Oct 19, 2017
A handful of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit who were diagnosed with rare diseases using whole-genome sequencing had shorter hospital stays and better health outcomes, researchers find.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Sep 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.
Artificial Womb Supports Premature Fetal Lamb Development
Tracy Vence | Apr 25, 2017
The lungs of extremely premature lambs supported in a closed, sterile environment that enables fluid-based gas exchange grow and develop normally, researchers report.
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Feb 1, 2016
Medication to prevent prematurity in humans harms cognitive flexibility in rats.
Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers
Kate Yandell | Aug 11, 2014
The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.
Predicting Preterm Birth
Tracy Vence | Aug 9, 2013
Two organizations team up in an effort to predict risk of premature birth using big data and genomics.
Seasonality of Premature Birth
Kate Yandell | Jul 9, 2013
Babies conceived in May have an elevated risk of being born early.
Leaders of Infant Trial Will Not Yet Face Sanctions
Bob Grant | Jun 10, 2013
US watchdog suspends plans to discipline researchers who failed to disclose the full risks of an experimental trial conducted with premature infants.
Why So Soon?
Bob Grant | May 1, 2013
Researchers are using modern experimental tools to probe the mysterious molecular pathways that lead to premature labor and birth.
Molecular Models of Birth
Bob Grant | Apr 30, 2013
Researchers are piecing together the chain of events that leads to preterm and full-term birth.
The Genes Underlying Prematurity
Bob Grant | Apr 30, 2013
NIH researcher Roberto Romero describes the recent discovery of genetic elemetns that contribute to the risk of preterm birth.
Babies Process Speech in the Womb?
Kate Yandell | Feb 27, 2013
Premature infants show brain activity patterns in response to language similar to those of adults.