Treatment with the antiviral drug valacyclovir, sold as Valtrex, curbs recurrent bouts of genital herpes in pregnant women, a study shows. Moreover, no safety concerns were identified in mothers, fetuses, or neonates exposed to the drug.
There are two concerns associated with the effects on children:
Pregnant women who stop taking antidepressants run a high risk of slipping back into depression, a study found, busting the myth that the surge of hormones during pregnancy keeps mothers-to-be happy and glowing.
Up to 10 million female fetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades following prenatal gender checks, according to a study published in a leading British medical journal.
Routinely discarded as medical waste, placental tissue could feasibly provide an abundant source of cells that may have the potential to treat diseases and regenerate tissues as their more controversial counterparts, embryonic stem cells, suggests a University of Pittsburgh study to be published in the journal Stem Cells and available now as an early online publication in Stem Cells Express.
Dr. Karen Linnet and fellow researchers at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark, matched 170 hyperactive children with 3,800 of their peers of the same age.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have found that high doses of vitamin C might counteract some of the negative effects of smoking on unborn babies.
If a pregnant woman’s waters break too early, her unborn baby can be put in danger of complications. The risk of this happening, however, may be reduced if she takes daily supplements of vitamin C after the half-way point of pregnancy, researchers now report.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the ExAblate 2000 System, a new medical device that uses magnetic resonance image guided focused ultrasound to target and destroy uterine fibroids, non-cancerous masses located in the uterus. The device is intended to treat women who have completed child bearing or do not intend to become pregnant.
Researchers have identified a genetic factor that can help predict whether a woman will suffer a risky pregnancy.