Study: Gentle touch may improve brain responses for preemies | CDC: Boost in HIV testing linked to drop in mother-to-child transmissions | Many women have poor pre-pregnancy diets, study says
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March 23, 2017
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Study: Gentle touch may improve brain responses for preemies
Infants born preterm had reduced brain response to gentle touch than those born full-term, and those who underwent more painful medical procedures had the least likelihood of brain response, according to a study in Current Biology. However, the findings, based on data involving 125 babies, showed increased brain responses among those born preterm who had more gentle contact with parents and clinicians in the NICU.
United Press International (3/16),  HealthDay News (3/16) 
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CDC: Boost in HIV testing linked to drop in mother-to-child transmissions
CDC researchers found that infants born with HIV in the US declined from 216 in 2002 to 69 in 2013, due in part to increasing HIV testing rates among women. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics also showed that 38% of perinatal HIV cases were from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Texas.
Time.com (3/20),  HealthDay News (3/20) 
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Many women have poor pre-pregnancy diets, study says
Survey data from 7,511 women showed many had poor diets during the three-month period around conception, with one-third of their calories coming from solid fats and sugars, researchers reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Blacks, Hispanics and less-educated women had less-healthy diets than whites and those with college degrees, but the study found none of the women met dietary guidelines to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and maternal obesity.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/16) 
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Experts: Exercise is good for pregnant women, fetuses
Experts and researchers agree that pregnant women and fetuses benefit from regular exercise, which can help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Experts, writing in a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said that moderation is the goal and cautioned against certain more vigorous exercises that may not be safe for pregnant women.
National Public Radio (3/21) 
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5 women with erroneous Zika test results from D.C. lab give birth
Five of nine pregnant women who were erroneously told by the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences that they did not have the Zika virus have given birth and have been approached for monitoring of their children. The incorrect test results prompted the CDC to require retesting of over 400 individuals, including 300 pregnant women.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/17) 
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Paternal methotrexate exposure may not raise pregnancy risks
A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology said fathers' exposure to methotrexate in the 90 days before pregnancy was not tied to increased risk of congenital malformations, stillbirth or preterm birth. "Available data suggest that prepregnancy paternal methotrexate exposure should not be of major concern," researchers wrote about their analysis of data on 849,676 births.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/21) 
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