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Category: Women’s Health

Illustration of a woman holding a baby on her lap.

January 16, 2015

Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving b...

Postpartum depression (PPD) may have a diverse clinical presentation and this has critical implications for diagnosis, treatment and understanding the underlying biology of the illness, a new study finds.

Mental Health, Pregnancy, Studies

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May 9, 2014

Rex Encourages the Breastfeeding Journey

Breastfeeding is a hot topic these days. At Rex, our most important goal is that your baby is getting the nutrition he or she needs. We want to support EVERY Mom (and dad) and their feeding goals no matter what they are- as long as the baby is getting fed! With that being said, we do encourage breastfeeding as much as possible. Here are some things we at Rex do to help moms reach their breastfeeding goals...


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Hormonal signals from a developing fetus help recruit special cells (shown here in green) that enlarge the mother’s blood vessels (black area)

May 1, 2013

Baby knows best: Fetuses emit hormone crucial to preventing preecla...

Listening to the hormonal ‘conversation’ between mother and fetus could reveal new opportunities for preeclampsia detection and prevention.

Innovation, Pregnancy, Research, Studies

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This image depicts the facial features of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).  Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

August 23, 2012

Imaging study sheds new light on alcohol-related birth defects

The new imaging study in a mouse model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could enhance the diagnoses of birth defects caused by alcohol exposure in the womb and it illustrates how the precise timing of that exposure could determine specific kinds of defects.

Pregnancy, Studies, Substance Abuse

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Blue filtered photo of a breast pump and milk bottle

June 14, 2012

Breast milk kills HIV and blocks its oral transmission in humanized...

New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine demonstrates that breast milk in a humanized mouse model has a strong virus killing effect and protects against oral transmission of HIV.

HIV/AIDS, Innovation, Pregnancy, Research

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Photo illustration of baby getting a bath

June 4, 2012

Baby wash products linked to false positive screening results for m...

Sleuthing by a multidisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals revealed the culprit behind an unexpected spike in “false positive” cannabis exposure screening results.

Pregnancy, Studies, Substance Abuse

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Image depicting active Bax (red) located at Golgi of human embryonic stem cells.  Nuclei are stained in blue. Credit: Deshmukh Lab

May 3, 2012

Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo

Embryonic stem cells are primed to kill themselves if damage to their DNA makes them a threat to the developing embryo. UNC researchers reveal how they do it.

Genetics, Innovation, Pregnancy, Research

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A sad looking woman.

July 19, 2011

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postp...

A UNC study finds that women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties.

Mental Health, Pain, Pregnancy

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