Pregnancy and Lifestyle

Being large for gestational age at birth combined with maternal diabetes is associated with a near-trebling of child’s risk of obesity | Canada
Children's health 05 Dec 2018

Being large for gestational age at birth combined with maternal diabetes is associated with a near-trebling of child’s risk of obesity | Canada

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that children who are larger than average at birth (large for gestational age or LGA) and born to mothers with gestational diabetes are almost three times as likely to be obese as…
Smoking during pregnancy may lead to childhood eye condition | International
Eye Care 03 Dec 2018

Smoking during pregnancy may lead to childhood eye condition | International

In an Acta Ophthalmologica analysis of 11 relevant articles, maternal smoking during pregnancy was associated with a 46 per cent increased risk that offspring will develop strabismus.
New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Children's health 29 Nov 2018

New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has often been called the 'invisible disability' due to its high rate of non- or misdiagnosis among children.
Preeclampsia: We can do more
Heart 16 Nov 2018

Preeclampsia: We can do more

The condition, characterized by high blood pressure, can be fatal and have long-term health effects for both mothers and babies.
Ask the tough questions: Bring fetal alcohol spectrum disorder out of the shadows
News 15 Nov 2018

Ask the tough questions: Bring fetal alcohol spectrum disorder out of the shadows

Clinicians need to ask questions about drinking in pregnancy to ensure cases of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are properly diagnosed.
Cord blood clue to respiratory diseases
Children's health 19 Oct 2018

Cord blood clue to respiratory diseases

New research has found children born in the last three months of the year in Melbourne may have a greater risk of developing respiratory diseases.
Social position determines pregnant women’s exposure to air pollution and other environmental factors: Spain
News 24 Sep 2018

Social position determines pregnant women’s exposure to air pollution and other environmental factors: Spain

Socio-economic position determines the environmental hazards—such as air pollution and noise—that pregnant women are exposed to in urban areas.
USA: Mothers’ pesticide levels linked with autism in children
Children's health 23 Sep 2018

USA: Mothers’ pesticide levels linked with autism in children

A new study finds that elevated pesticide levels in pregnant women are associated with an increased risk of autism among their children.
Blood test may identify gestational diabetes risk in first trimester
Blood 22 Sep 2018

Blood test may identify gestational diabetes risk in first trimester

Blood test conducted as early as the 10th week of pregnancy may help identify women at risk for gestational diabetes, a serious pregnancy-related condition.