Multiple-birth infants have higher risk of medical mixups in NICU

Multiple-birth infants had a significantly higher risk of wrong-patient order errors compared with singletons in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The higher error rate was due to misidentification between siblings within Continue Reading

Tired of taking those hormone-wrecking birth control pills? There’s an app for that — and it’s just as effective, according to landmark study

A recent study published in Contraception revealed that the fertility app Natural Cycles is 99 percent effective when used perfectly. The app makes use of daily body temperature readings to determine when it is safe to have unprotected sex and when to use contraception or abstain from sex. Days rendered as safe for unprotected sex were classified Continue Reading

How does a C-section birth affect the child? New research suggests children born this way gain more weight than those born naturally

A study that was published online on Wednesday, October 11 in the journal Science Advances has shown that infants that were born via the Cesarean section are more prone to the risks of obesity as they grow older as compared with infants that were born vaginally. The study focuses on Continue Reading

Likelihood of caesarean birth found to be inherited: Causes of obstructed labor often get passed on, circumventing natural selection

Women who were born via caesarean section are more likely to also give birth via caesarean section, concluded an international team of scientists including Michaela Pavlicev of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Human Genetics) and evolutionary biologists at the University of Vienna in a study that was published in Continue Reading

Mother’s dental amalgams increase child’s exposure to mercury – before and after birth

A team of nine scientists has recently uncovered a link between mercury-laden dental amalgams and autism. The researchers, from leading universities and medical schools, have confirmed a casual role in mercury exposure and the onset of autism. The study analyzed the level of urinary porphyrins — as  biomarkers for mercury Continue Reading

Stopping Post-Birth Bleeding: Misoprostol Tablets Can Be Used As An Alternative To Intravenous Oxytocin

Two articles published Online First and in The Lancet consider the use of misoprostol in tablet form for treatment of post-birth bleeding. They compare it with oxytocin and aim to define the potential roles of both drugs in treating excess bleeding after childbirth in different health care settings. Currently, Oxytocin Continue Reading