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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)

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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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Woman laying in bed wake

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The 4 Sleep Stealers

When was the last time you got the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep at night? Even if you manage to push aside your worries, forgo late-night TV or leave the house in less-than-perfect shape and get to sleep at a decent hour, middle-of-the-night worries, your toddler’s nightmare or your own aches or pains wake you at 3 a.m...

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

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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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The truth behind 9 medical myths

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The Truth Behind 9 Medical Myths

You hear them all the time. Before you know it, they’re accepted as law. Medical myths often become part of our culture as they get passed from one generation to the next. But what many of us take as expert information may actually be wrong or even harmful to our health.

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UNC opens first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit in U.S.

The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders have opened a 5-bed unit for women with moderate to severe post-partum depression (PPD). The unit is the first of its kind in the United States.

Innovation, Mental Health, Psychiatry

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Babies delivered by C-section before 39 weeks more likely to have s...

A new study conducted in part at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy, to mothers who previously had an elective C-section, are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks.

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