According to the WHO, a redeveloped drug that can withstand high temperatures and stay effective for 1,000 days could "revolutionize the ability" to keep new mothers alive. The medicine is called heat-stable carbetocin, and could possibly change the fate of numerous women throughout the world.
On Sunday, the World Health Organization praise India's progress in reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 77%. According to their statistics rates have dropped from 556 per 1,00,000 live births in 1990 to 130 per 1,00,000 live births in 2016. As a result of achieving this milestone, hopes are high for India to be on track towards reaching their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of an MMR below 70 by 2030.
A study conducted in ten hospitals found that NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening Test), was safer, more accurate and more effective in detecting chromosomal abnormalities in unborns, compared to conventional marker tests and ultrasound studies.
Consumption of commonly available Ibuprofen for just two days by pregnant women during their first 24 weeks may reduce the fertility of their unborn child in future if it is a girl. The child’s egg production after puberty could be affected. This shocking discovery was unveiled by a research team from the National Institute for Health and Medical Research in France.
The company also announced that it service has recorded 10,000 pregnancies amongst its users. Ava launched its first wearable in 2016 and announced that the bracelet can detect a new pregnancy. Although it can be also be used to evade pregnancy.
A recent scientific study led by Audrey Gaskins, a nutrition researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, revealed that couples have frequent sex and conceive quickly, if both of them consume more than two servings of seafood such as salmon, shrimp etc. every week.
Diabetes Australia's (the third oldest diabetes association in the world) latest figures show that over 200,000 women have suffered gestational diabetes during the last 10 years and is expected to exceed 500,000 within the next decade. Gestational diabetes can be fatal if untreated and could likely lead to overweight babies, premature births, as well as PreEclampsia.
A technology that can change the way women check their baby’s health is in the final stages of development. PulseNmore LTD, an Israeli startup is developing a handheld ultrasound device that can be connected to any smartphone for monitoring the growth of a fetus.
The mHealth app, designed by researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, helps obstetric care providers identify perinatal depression in soon-to-be and new mothers and gives them care management tips.
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