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Gestational diabetes increases risk of foetal hypoxia during labour

A mother’s gestational diabetes is linked to an increased risk of foetal hypoxia and further complications following birth, new research has found. Foetal hypoxia is...
Study shows beneficial bacteria can be restored to C-section babies

Study shows beneficial bacteria can be restored to C-section babies

A new study has demonstrated that vital beneficial bacteria can be restored to babies born by caesarean section (C-section). The human microbiota consists of trillions...
infection-control-malaria

Infection control efforts could be hindered by asymptomatic malaria

People infected with malaria who do not exhibit symptoms pose a hidden risk to infection control efforts, new research has shown. Researchers from the Infectious...
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MRI incubator could improve care for babies with heart disease

New technology for imaging babies born with congenital heart disease (CHD) is currently being trialled by researchers in Leeds. The Baby MRI incubator at Leeds...
The risks and prevention of choking in children

The risks and prevention of choking in children

Ian Evans of the Child Accident Prevention Trust highlights common choking hazards for infants and young children. Choking is one of the leading causes of...
dyspraxia

Genetic link could explain why children develop dyspraxia

Scientists have identified a link between specific genes and developmental coordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia. New research, led by Oxford Brookes University, which...
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Paracetamol use during pregnancy linked to ADHD and autism in children

A study has found that a mother’s use of paracetamol during pregnancy is associated with symptoms of ADHD and autism in children. Researchers at the...
pre-term babies

Immediate skin-to-skin contact improves pre-term babies’ survival chances

Immediate skin-to-skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding increases a premature baby’s chances of survival, a study has found. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, co-ordinated by the World...
Study shows newborns with seizures may be overmedicated

Study shows newborns with seizures may be overmedicated

A new study has shown that babies on long-term antiseizure medication may be overmedicated, as continued administration of the medicines may not prevent continued...
mental health disorders

COVID-19 linked to increase in child mental health disorders

Cases of mental health disorders in children have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research has found. A study has found that the COVID-19...
blood clots

Preventing paediatric blood clots with a new predictive model

A research team has developed a novel predictive model that analyses patient outcomes for paediatric blood clots, known as venous thromboembolisms (VTEs). In a study...
Improving outcomes for children following radiation therapy

Improving outcomes for children following radiation therapy

A team of experts from around the world has teamed up to improve clinical outcomes for children with cancer following radiation therapy. Radiation therapy has...
Starving brain tumours to prevent their growth

Starving brain tumours to prevent their growth

A team of researchers have found a novel way of starving brain tumour cells of energy in order to prevent further growth. The pre-clinical research...
Pregnancy outcomes worsened during COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes worsened during COVID-19 pandemic

A new review has revealed that pregnancy outcomes for women and babies worldwide worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pooled data from the review of 40...
Addressing and preventing choking emergencies

Addressing and preventing choking emergencies

Ashley Martin, Public Health Officer at the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, tells HEQ about the risk and prevention of choking. The...
Improving UK baby and child development with digitised health records

Improving UK baby and child development with digitised health records

New, digitised child health records are to be introduced following the publication of a UK government review which aims to help babies and children...
Mother and newborn COVID-19 separation puts baby at risk of death

Mother and newborn COVID-19 separation puts baby at risk of death

A new survey has highlighted an increased need for mother and baby skin-on-skin contact during COVID-19, as many newborns are being put at risk...
UK mental health support funding boost for children and young people

UK mental health support funding boost for children and young people

The UK is boosting mental health support for children and young people with £79m of funding. The UK government is providing mental health funding to...
Identifying autism blood biomarkers with machine learning

Identifying autism blood biomarkers with machine learning

Researchers have identified a group of blood biomarkers that could help lead to an earlier diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The UT...
Pregnant women pass protective COVID-19 antibodies to babies

Pregnant women pass protective COVID-19 antibodies to babies

A new study has discovered that pregnant women transfer antibodies that protect against the COVID-19 virus to their babies whilst in the womb. The study...

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