Newborn Health

Some 119,000 children born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

An estimated 119,000 children are born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, according to a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada. The study provides the first estimates of the proportion of women who drink during their pregnancies, as well as...

Heartburn medication linked to asthma in children

New research has suggested that children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy could face a greater risk of asthma. A review of studies performed by researchers at the UK’s University of Edinburgh found that children whose mothers were prescribed medicines to treat...

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to autism

Scientists have linked a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy to autism in children. The study, led by Australia’s University of Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researcher Professor John McGrath and involving Dr Henning Tiemeier from the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, found that...

Study: No link between flu during pregnancy and autism

Children born to mothers who had flu during pregnancy are not at higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than those whose mothers did not suffer from the virus, according to new research. A team of researchers led by Kaiser Permanente, California, US, found that there was no link...

Water deliveries ‘could present risk to newborns’

Delivering a baby in water offers no benefit to women or babies and could even pose the risk of serious health problems for the newborn, according to new recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr Joseph R Wax, chair of the ACOG Committee on Obstetric...

Thailand investigating suspected Zika-related microcephaly cases

Authorities in Thailand are investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly. The cases involve three infants and a 36-week unborn baby. They would be the first cases of microcephaly caused by Zika in Southeast Asia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Thai Ministry...

Babies born to diabetic women at higher risk of complications

Babies born to women with diabetes - gestational or pregestational - are at higher risk of complications at birth than those born to non-diabetic women, according to a new study. The research, carried out by Dr Basilio Pintuadi, of the Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital, Italy, and colleagues,...

Being too hot or cold ‘could increase premature birth risk’

Extreme temperatures during pregnancy could increase the risk of a premature delivery, according to a new study by the US’s National Institutes of Health (NIH). The researchers found that extremes of hot and cold during the first seven weeks of pregnancy were linked with an early delivery. It...

Zika linked to condition that enlarges brain ventricles

The Zika virus has been linked to ventriculomegaly, a condition in which the ventricles in the brain are enlarged, according to new research. Carried out in north-eastern Brazil, the study draws from the results of imaging and autopsies from 17 confirmed cases of Zika infection in newborns. The new...

First baby with Zika-related microcephaly born in Guatemala

The first baby with microcephaly linked to Zika infection has been born in Guatemala, according to officials. The director of the infectious diseases department at Guatemala City’s Hospital Roosevelt, Carlos Meija, said that another two babies were being tested to establish whether their...