A study of hundreds of women, carried out at Imperial College London, found that subtle changes to the bacteria present in the vagina were strongly associated with the mother’s waters breaking early and preterm birth – the baby being born before 37 weeks.
Children born with very low birth weights are at an increased risk of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems throughout their lives. But what exactly happens in the brain to cause these problems?
Teenagers are far more critical users of social media than we give them credit for, and need to be better supported in reaping the benefits social media can have.
It is becoming increasingly common for employees to share the workplace with their colleagues in large open-plan office areas.
According to a Finnish study, statins seems to reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo a vitrectomy to treat a detached retina.
Smokers have a distorted perception on when the onset of smoking-related conditions will occur, a new study in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology reports.
Environmental temperatures of over 25 degrees are associated with a significant increase in the risk of being misdiagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, data published in the European Journal of Endocrinology suggests. Misdiagnosis of the condition could lead to unnecessary insulin treatment and avoidable distress for prospective mothers.
The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body’s defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced. These long-term changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes, diseases linked to Western diet consumption. The results will be published in the journal ‘Cell’.