Monday, December 18, 2017

Reduce the Risk of Autism During Pregnancy

Researchers recently studied the incidence of autism and the interpregnancy interval, the time interval between pregnancies. Using the birth records from 1996 to 2002, birth intervals of < 12 months, 12-23 and 24-35 months were evaluated.  What they found was quite amazing. Interpreganancy intervals less than 24 months were associated with an increased incidence of […]

Jaundice in Newborns Linked to Autism

Recently a large study out of Denmark discovered an association between hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice) and children diagnosed with psychological development disorders such as Autism. The lead author, Dr. Rikke Maimburg noticed a large portion of children diagnosed with psychological developmental problems were twice as likely to have been admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) […]

Fetal Heart Monitoring During Labor Revisited

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One of the most common obstetrical procedures that occur is Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring using the electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) techniques during labor – these are the straps with a probe wrapped around the mother to monitor fetal heart rate and contractions of the uterus.It was introduced in hopes that it would reduce the incidence of ischemic (lack of oxygen) injury to children during labor. It was introduced in 1980 and it was quickly implemented as policy by the American college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

But as with many procedure in the medical field, I believe it was implemented more to avoid lawsuits than due to medical necessity.

Vaginal Delivery Increases Maternal Responsiveness to Newborns and Postpartum Depression

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New research suggest that women who deliver vaginally may be more responsive to their newborns and less likely to develop postpartum depression than those who delivered via cesarean section.

IV tubing contributes to preemie liver problems

In a newsletter about 6 months ago I reported on the research indicated that phthalates in plastics were associated with reproductive abnormalities – particularly sterility in men. Recently a new study has come to light showing that phthalates are now associated with liver problems, particularly in preemie babies whose only source of phthalates are from the IV tubing.

The Real Risk for Cesareans: An Expert Interview

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Cesarean section (c-section) is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States.

Exclusive prolonged breast-feeding linked to improved cognitive development

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The Archives of General Psychiatry just published results from the largest randomized trial ever conducted in the area of human lactation.

Pregnancy and Psychiatric Drugs

Very often in my office, when doing an intake on a child with a developmental disorder, I find that the mother was on a psychiatric drug during pregnancy. I’ve had an underlying suspicion that there has to be some association – Well a new study has just shed some new light on that.