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High-Fructose Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Restrict Fetal Growth

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A new study in mice and women by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may harm the placenta and restrict fetal growth. Additionally, researchers believe a commonly prescribed drug may mitigate the negative effects.

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Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

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Radiant Zinc Fireworks Reveal Quality of Human Egg

A stunning explosion of zinc fireworks occurs when a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme, and the size of these “sparks” is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its ability to develop into an embryo. The discovery has potential to help doctors choose the best eggs to transfer during in vitro fertilization.

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National Clinical Database to Help Reduce Number of Miscarriages

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A new national database could help relieve the misery of miscarriage for thousands of women. Researchers from the University of Warwick’s Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) are using data to help discover why some pregnancies fail.

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Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

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Newly Discovered Vulnerability in Breast Tumor Cells Points to Novel Treatment Approach Against Cancer

Cancer cells often devise ways to survive even in the presence of toxic chemotherapy. Now, a research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found a way to attack a process that tumor cells use to escape the effects of standard cancer drugs. The discovery is published online today in the journal Nature Cell Biology.

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Poor Responding Gynecologic Cancers Get Boost From Genomic Profiling

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Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey examining gynecologic cancers that poorly respond to therapy shows genomic profiling can help identify alternate and targeted treatments.

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The Medical Minute: A Range of Options Exists for Treating Infertility

A medicine used in breast cancer treatment is now considered the best option for treating the most common cause of infertility.

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Radioactive Iodine Treatment in Women Affects Ovarian Reserve and May Affect Fertility

Women of reproductive age who have thyroid cancer should be cautious about receiving radioactive iodine treatment, which affects their remaining egg supply – their ovarian reserve – and may affect their fertility, new research from Israel finds. The results of this ongoing study will be presented Saturday, April 2, at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston.

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Preventing Sperm’s ‘Power Kick’ Could Be Key to Unisex Contraceptive

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UC Berkeley biologists have discovered the switch that triggers the power kick sperm use to penetrate and fertilize a human egg, uncovering a possible source of male infertility but also a potential target for contraceptives that work in both men and women.

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Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Dwight Im Performs World’s First Gynecologic “Single Site” Robotic Surgery Using Da VINCI XI Robot

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Leading robotic surgery expert and gyn-oncologist Dr. Dwight Im of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD performs first gyn-surgery using new a Vinci® Xi® Single-Site robotic surgery system

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Oxytocin Level in Pregnancy Predicts Postpartum Depression Severity

Higher oxytocin levels in the third trimester of pregnancy predicts the severity of postpartum depression symptoms in women who previously suffered from depression, reports a new study. The finding indicates the potential for finding biomarkers to predict depressive symptoms postpartum and begin preventive treatment. Depression biomarkers should be screened in pregnancy, just like gestational diabetes, scientists said.

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Out-of-Hospital Births Are on the Rise

United States' out-of-hospital births increased to nearly 60,000 in 2014, continuing a decade-long increase. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that out-of-hospital births increased from 0.87% of US births in 2004 to 1.50% in 2014, an increase of 72%. Out-of-hospital birth rates increased for all race/ethnic groups, but most rapidly for non-Hispanic white women.

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Tips on Seeking a Thyroid Surgeon, How to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy, Drug Combination Shuts Down Tumor Growth in Aggressive Lung Cancer, and more in the Cancer News Source

Tips on Seeking a Thyroid Surgeon, How to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy, Drug Combination Shuts Down Tumor Growth in Aggressive Lung Cancer, and more in the Newswise Cancer News Source

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Allowing Women to Extend Labor Reduces Rate of Cesarean Delivery

The study suggests that C-section rates could be reduced by over 50 percent by increasing the time allowed in the final phase of labor before a C-section is initiated. Jefferson researchers say labor guidelines that date to the 1800s need to be updated.

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Maternal Bacterial Infections Trigger Abnormal Proliferation of Neurons in Fetal Brain

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified a mechanism that might explain the link between maternal infections during pregnancy and cognitive problems in children; findings may impact clinical care.

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