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  • Zika, a Formidable Enemy, Attacks and Destroys Parts of Babies’ Brains

    08/23/2016 12:06:55 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | AUG. 23, 2016 | PAM BELLUCK
    The images tell a heartbreaking story: Zika’s calamitous attack on the brains of babies — as seen from the inside. With a macabre catalog of brain scans and ultrasound pictures, a new study details the devastation done to 45 Brazilian babies whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, is the most comprehensive collection of such images so far, and it reveals a virus that can launch assaults beyond microcephaly, the condition of unusually small heads that has become the sinister signature of Zika. Most of the babies in the study were...
  • Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

    08/15/2016 5:15:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    abc ^ | DR. ANISH GHODADRA Gillian Mohney
    The researchers studied acetaminophen use in nearly 7,800 women living in Bristol, England, and then surveyed these women seven years later about their child’s behavior. They found that compared to women who did not take the drug during pregnancy, acetaminophen use during pregnancy was associated with a variety of behavioral issues in children. Compared to the children of women who did not take the drug, children of women who did take acetaminophen had a 42 percent increased risk of conduct problems, a 31 percent increased risk in hyperactivity disorders and a 29 percent increased risk in emotional problems in their...
  • '4D' ultrasound shows effects of smoking on unborn babies

    04/02/2015 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies
    Nursing Times ^ | 04/01/2015 | staff
    “Unborn baby shown grimacing in womb as mother smokes,” is the somewhat misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. The news comes after researchers released dramatic images of babies in the womb taken using 4D ultrasound scanners. 4D scanners provide real-time moving images of babies in the womb.
  • North Dakota to End Abortions That Stop a Beating Heart

    03/20/2013 7:49:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Steve Aden
    On March 15, the North Dakota senate approved a bill that prevents abortions from being performed once a developing child’s heartbeat is detected in the mother’s womb. This heartbeat can usually be heard “six to seven weeks into a pregnancy,” so it’s after that point that abortions will be prohibited in the state if Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs the bill. Besides protecting life once a heartbeat is detected, North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting “sex-selective abortions and abortions based on a diagnosis of genetic abnormality.” Until this current pro-life push by North Dakota lawmakers, the most significant abortion ban...
  • To Save Newborn, Doctors 'Freeze' Baby

    02/15/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/15/2013 | Gillian Mohney
    When Claire Ives was seven months pregnant with her third child, she used a handheld device to listen to her unborn son's heartbeat. As she turned the machine on, she thought something had malfunctioned. "I thought I wasn't listening right or something," Ives, a nurse in London, told "I didn't believe his [heart] rate could be that fast." Ives' son had a heart rate of about 300 beats per minute, nearly double the normal 160. After doctors were alerted to the baby's elevated heart rate, Ives delivered her son, Edward Ives, five weeks early via emergency cesarean at the...
  • Do People Have 'Gill Slits' in the Womb?

    07/23/2012 4:16:34 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 7/23/2012 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    German zoologist Ernst Haeckel is perhaps most famous for defending evolution with the argument that creatures replay their evolutionary past when developing in the womb. Since Darwin's time, textbooks have reiterated that early embryos of many vertebrates, including humans, have tiny pouches that reflect an evolutionary fish stage. More recently, embryologists thoroughly refuted that concept, and others have shown that Haeckel's drawings were partially faked. And a new online video taken from 3-D scans of a developing baby's face should bury Haeckel's old and uninformed argument. Embryologist and evolutionist Michael Richardson and colleagues dropped a bomb on Haeckel's long-held concept...
  • Surgery Removed Rare Tumor in Utero [Media Admits Womb-Dwellers Are Persons!]

    06/22/2012 5:56:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 6/21/12 | DIANA GONZALEZ
    Leyna Gonzalez is now a happy, active 20-month-old. However, when she was in her mother's womb a rare tumor was rapidly growing in her mouth. But in the first case of its kind, UM/Jackson fetal surgeons were able to penetrate the amniotic sac with a small scope and successfully remove the tumor in utero. The tumor can easily be seen in a routine ultrasound taken at 17 weeks.
  • Maternal obesity, diabetes associated with autism, other developmental disorders

    04/09/2012 1:17:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 9-Apr-2012
    Public release date: 9-Apr-2012 Contact: Phyllis Brown 916-734-9023 University of California - Davis Health System This release is also available in Chinese on EurekAlert! Chinese. A major study of the relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk that a child will be born with a neurodevelopmental disorder has found strong links between maternal diabetes and obesity and the likelihood of having a child with autism or another developmental disability. Conducted by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute, the study found that mothers who were obese were 1-2/3 times more likely to have a child with autism...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs Virginia ultrasound bill

    03/08/2012 5:52:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/08/2012 | Lucy Madison
    Amid continued protests from Democrats, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed into law a controversial bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion. The bill sparked national debate this month over a provision that would have required many women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, which opponents decried as medically unnecessary and physically invasive. McDonnell, a conservative who opposes abortion rights, ultimately requested that mandate be stripped. The Virginia House of Delegates passed a revised version last week that allows women to "reject" a transvaginal ultrasound and instead opt for an abdominal ultrasound, which generally...
  • Unborn Twins Interact in the Womb at 14 weeks Into Pregnancy

    01/13/2011 10:52:24 AM PST · by julieee · 27 replies ^ | January 13, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Unborn Twins Interact in the Womb at 14 weeks Into Pregnancy Padova, Italy -- An Italian researcher is gaining more attention into his research published last October on twins and the relationships they develop -- starting in the womb.

    05/24/2010 3:58:41 AM PDT · by Soothesayer · 16 replies · 864+ views
    "Some people think that my life began at birth, but my life's journey began long before I was born."
  • Va. principal on leave over fetus dolls

    05/21/2010 3:25:31 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 15 replies · 669+ views ^ | May 21, 2010 | Monica Norton
    The principal of Oakwood Elementary School was put on administrative leave Friday as school officials continued their investigation of plastic human fetus dolls given to students by an employee. It was not known if Principal Sheila Tillett Holas knew about the dolls or approved the distribution, The Virginia-Pilot reports. The employee who gave the students the dolls was put on administrative leave Thursday. Elementary students given fetus dolls 12:25 p.m. A Virginia school employee was place on administrative leave Thursday after reports that the worker distributed plastic human fetus dolls to students at an elementary school. The Virginian-Pilot reports that...
  • Vaccines made with fetal cells causing autism?

    04/28/2010 1:35:14 PM PDT · by unspun · 18 replies · 600+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/28/2010 | Jill Stanek
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATHVaccines made with fetal cells causing autism?Exclusive: Jill Stanek looks at potential link between disorder, injections Posted: April 28, 20101:00 am Eastern By Jill Stanek EPA researchers publishing a study in the Feb. 16 issue of Environmental Science & Technology were "surprise[ed]" to find a worldwide jump in the incidence of autism beginning in 1988. Thus, the study concluded, "Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists." According to the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, 1988 was...
  • Imaging Life as It Happens: Researchers Capture Video of Embryonic Heart Before It Begins to Beat

    04/03/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 14 replies · 808+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Apr. 3, 2010 | Science Daily
    Imagine being able to image life as it happens by capturing video of the embryonic heart before it begins beating. A professor at the University of Houston, in collaboration with scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, is doing just that. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. "Everything we know about early development of the heart and formation of...
  • Study: Chemicals in plastic can make boys act more like girls (Does this explain man-child Hussein?)

    11/16/2009 3:27:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 663+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/16/09 | Rosemary Black
    Study: Chemicals in plastic can make boys act more like girlsBy Rosemary Black DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, November 16th 2009, 4:09 PM Chemicals found in many plastics are causing little boys to act more like little girls, according to new research. A team at the University of Rochester studying the safety of phthalates -- chemicals in the plastic used in many household objects – found that they can actually disrupt hormones, according to BBC News. The chemicals affect the baby's developing brain by deactivating testosterone, the male sex hormone, according to the BBC. In the study, scientists tested urine...
  • Babies' Language Learning Starts From The Womb

    11/08/2009 11:16:17 AM PST · by autumnraine · 11 replies · 590+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11/05/2009 | Science Daily
    cienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) — From their very first days, newborns' cries already bear the mark of the language their parents speak, reveals a new study published online in Current Biology. The findings suggest that infants begin picking up elements of what will be their first language in the womb, and certainly long before their first babble or coo. "The dramatic finding of this study is that not only are human neonates capable of producing different cry melodies, but they prefer to produce those melody patterns that are typical for the ambient language they have heard during their fetal life,...
  • Science Catches Up with Religion Researchers prove fetuses have memories, know mothers’ voices..

    08/29/2009 8:46:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies · 2,020+ views
    The Remnant ^ | August 31, 2009 | Mark Alessio
    (Posted 08/28/09 They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But “they can remember,” reports Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times (July 16, 2009): The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation – or about two months before they are born. "In addition, results indicated that 34-week-old fetuses are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later," said the research, which was released Wednesday. These findings were obtained...
  • 'In the Womb' is Now on the Net: Amazing 4-D Footage of Growing Baby

    08/25/2009 4:02:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,996+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/25/09 | Patrick B. Craine
    August 25, 2009 ( - The two-hour National Geographic documentary 'In the Womb' is now available on YouTube in 9 parts.  Originally aired in 2005, the documentary used revolutionary techniques in computer imaging and 4-D ultrasounds to present stunning images of the developing embryo, taking viewers through the amazing journey of the unborn baby from conception to birth.   The video presents a remarkable visual apologetic for the pro-life message that human life begins with fertilization.  Showing the continuous development of the unborn child from conception to birth, it shatters all attempts to pinpoint any other time as the beginning...
  • 'Drinking while pregnant harms the child': study

    08/10/2009 11:39:15 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 28 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Local ^ | August 10 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    "Even moderate alcohol consumption while pregnant can have detrimental effects on the health of the child, a new report from the Swedish National Institute of Public Health has advised."
  • Kids' lower IQ scores linked to prenatal pollution

    07/20/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 68 replies · 1,325+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2009
    CHICAGO -- Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain. The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They had varying levels of exposure to typical kinds of urban air pollution, mostly from car, bus and truck exhaust.
  • Unborn Child's Memory Develops by 30 Weeks in the Womb: New Research

    07/17/2009 9:37:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 717+ views
    LifeSite ^ | July 16, 2009 | Hilary White
    July 16, 2009 ( - 30-week-old babies in the womb already have short-term memory capabilities, a new study from the Netherlands, published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, has found.Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud examined 93 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their unborn children, measuring changes in how the child responds to repeated stimulation. The children were tested at 30, 32, 34, and 36 weeks, and again at 38 weeks gestation.  The study showed that the unborn children would initially respond to a "vibroacoustic" stimulus. The stimulus would...
  • Fetuses found to have memories

    07/16/2009 8:01:24 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 19 replies · 1,667+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/16/09 | Jennifer Harper
    They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember. The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation - or about two months before they are born.
  • Fetuses Found To Have Memories

    07/15/2009 8:50:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies · 793+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15th 2009
    Fetuses found to have memories By Jennifer Harper July 16, 2009 They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember. The unborn have memories, according to medical researchers who used sound and vibration stimulation, combined with sonography, to reveal that the human fetus displays short-term memory from at least 30 weeks gestation - or about two months before they are born. "In addition, results indicated that 34-week-old fetuses are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later," said the research, which was released Wednesday. Scientists from the Department of Obstetrics...
  • Cuomo: Fetal Memory 'Shocking To So Many People"

    07/16/2009 2:10:07 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 692+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | Sarah Knoploh
    A new study found that unborn babies may start to develop memories as early as thirty weeks into a pregnancy, but ABC’s “Good Morning America” ignored the study’s potential impact on the abortion debate, especially concerning late term abortion. Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi’s July 15 segment covered the pivotal study without even mentioning abortion. Anchor Chris Cuomo attempted to broach the issue during a follow-up interview but fell short. Alfonsi touted the study, “Day by day, a fetus goes through remarkable changes. By 30 weeks, opening and closing their eyes. Making facial expressions. And now, a new study reveals, forming memories....
  • Welcome to the Baby Steps DVD Website! (MUST SEE New 4D Ultrasound Video)

    06/29/2009 2:04:49 PM PDT · by · 35 replies · 1,405+ views
    Welcome to American Life League's BabySteps DVD page! We're so glad you've found us. Please view the English-language narrated version of the video below and link to it often from your organization's web site. Help others see the miracle of life develop throughout a baby's 16 stages of growth. If you would like to view this video with audio narrations in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese) or Spanish— just click on the appropriate flag to load the video in the corresponding language.
  • Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate [Samuel Armas update]

    05/06/2009 2:18:24 PM PDT · by rhema · 36 replies · 2,061+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 06, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>Nearly 10 years after a stunning photograph of his tiny hand traveled the world, Samuel Armas has a firm grip on what "The Hand of Hope" means to him.</p> <p>"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."</p>
  • That Little Hand from the Womb: Samuel Armas still Reaching Out for Life

    05/07/2009 5:15:03 PM PDT · by tcg · 20 replies · 1,833+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/8/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Good photos have a way of saying much more than words alone can ever express. They also become associated with human rights movements becoming a catalyst for major social change. So it is with the photograph of a little hand from a little boy. It was extending from the first home of his mothers womb and grasping the hand of a surgeon who was performing surgery upon him at the age of 21 weeks to correct spina bifida. It has become one of the most powerful images in the human rights struggle of our age, the struggle to stop the...
  • Sonograms: A Window to the Womb

    02/01/2009 5:02:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 563+ views
    CBN.COM ^ | January 26, 2009 | Charlene Israel - Millions of babies have been aborted in this country since abortion was legalized in 1973. And the battle has been raging ever since. But new hope is emerging for the pro-life side of the debate, as more and more pregnancy centers offer a window to the womb.
  • Autism screening test on unborn babies raises fears of rise in abortions (PGD Screening)

    01/12/2009 4:10:10 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 44 replies · 1,846+ views
    Dailymail ^ | 12th January 2009 | Daniel Bates
    Babies exposed to high levels of the male hormone testosterone in the womb have an increased risk of autistic traits, groundbreaking research has found. The study found children who were exposed to higher levels of the chemical during foetal development are more likely to display autistic traits from an early age. The discovery takes prenatal screening for autism a significant step closer, raising the possibility that mothers could terminate babies with the condition. It also, more controversially, opens the way for a cure. Researchers made the discovery after monitoring the progress of 235 children whose mothers underwent amniotic fluid tests...
  • Michael Clancy: The Photographer Whose Amazing Pro-Life Picture Changed the World

    07/04/2008 3:44:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 616+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/4/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- He took the photograph that has become one of the most recognized pictures in the pro-life community and he shared his story with attendees at the National Right to Life convention. He recounted how a childhood filled with agony and despair led to a life-long dedication to advancing the pro-life perspective. The photographer is Michael Clancy and his picture is of Samuel Armas grabbing a doctor’s hand during the operation.Clancy grew up in a tough home where a rough upbringing and abuse of his siblings led him to contemplate suicide many times.“I’m not a professional...
  • Feisty females are more likely to give birth to boys than girls(Can you say balony?)

    06/16/2008 7:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 67+ views
    Mail online ^ | June 17, 2008 | Daniel Martin
    If you're an expectant mother who likes to stand up for yourself, you could soon be cuddling a newborn son. Feisty women are more likely to give birth to boys than girls, according to scientists. High levels of testosterone in the womb - apparently evident in more aggressive women - provide a much better environment for the sperm coded to produce boys, they claim. But fiery females whose hearts are set on a daughter shouldn't throw out those pretty pink baby dresses just yet. So far the correlation has been proved only in tests on animals. The scientists who carried...
  • "Truth Booth" Shows Fetal Development in Ohio Mall

    04/15/2008 4:23:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 106+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/15/08 | Michael Baggot
    TOLEDO, OH, April 15, 2008 ( - In an effort to present pre-natal development "in an educational and non-confrontational manner," the Foundation for Life organization has rented space in a local mall for its "Truth Booth," featuring a set of ultrasound images tracing the development of a child from seven weeks of age until birth.The unmanned display is in a rented kiosk in Westfield Franklin Park Shopping Mall."Being unmanned will actually help people just wander up to it. They won't feel threatened. They won't feel like there's any pressure. Any preachiness or debate that will take place…They'll debate this...
  • Omega-3 Intake During Last Months Of Pregnancy Boosts An Infant's Cognitive And Motor Development

    04/11/2008 3:11:11 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 140+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-11-2008 | Université Laval
    Omega-3 Intake During Last Months Of Pregnancy Boosts An Infant's Cognitive And Motor Development ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2008) — A study supervised by Université Laval researchers Gina Muckle and Éric Dewailly reveals that omega-3 intake during the last months of pregnancy boosts an infant's sensory, cognitive, and motor development. The details of this finding are published in a recent edition of the Journal of Pediatrics. To come to this conclusion, researchers first measured docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) concentration--a type of omega-3 fatty acid involved in the development of neurons and retinas--in the umbilical cord blood of 109 infants. "DHA concentration in...
  • Curvy Mothers Have Brainier Kids

    11/11/2007 5:14:05 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies · 707+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-10-2007
    Curvy mothers have brainier kids 10 November 2007 From New Scientist Print Edition. CURVIER women may have smart children because hip fat contains polyunsaturated fatty acids critical for the development of the fetus's brain. Using data from the US National Center for Health Statistics, William Lassek at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Steven Gaulin of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found a child's performance in cognition tests was linked to their mother's waist-hip ratio, a proxy for how much fat she stores on her hips. Children whose mothers had wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio scored...
  • Mother arrested for taking cocaine while pregnant

    07/31/2007 4:44:14 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 13 replies · 478+ views
    07/31/07 | Cristen Martin
    link only per rules Fetus is a person.
  • Flu-Fighting Fetuses

    06/09/2007 11:35:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 455+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 1 June 2007 | Adam Hinterthuer
    Via the placenta, a newborn baby receives a 6-month supply of antibodies from its mother, arming it against a world chock-full of allergy-causing particles and viruses. But it turns out that the baby may have been preparing its immune system for battle well before birth. New research indicates that developing fetuses are able to mount their own specific immune response to flu vaccines received by their mother. The findings could help end a debate over just how complex a fetus's immune system is. A fetus contains many kinds of immune cells, yet most immunologists believe those cells are too immature...
  • Images of fetal development (here is a baby at seven weeks)

    05/20/2007 9:30:57 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 130 replies · 6,900+ views
    GO TO THE SITE FOR MORE PICTURES Images of Fetal Development The following images were presented to Fr. Frank Pavone, at the time he was working at the Vatican, by a team of experts from Poland. The experts presented them also to Pope John Paul II. Priests for Life is grateful to Professor Andrzej Skawina (Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University, Krakow) and Dr. Antoni Marsinek, MD (Czerwiakowski Gynecological and Obstetrics Hospital, Krakow) for making these images available, and to the Zrodlo Foundation, Wychowawca Department, for the permission to use them. We encourage pro-life groups and individuals to use these images,...
  • The First Fourteen Days of Human Life

    09/06/2006 8:10:44 AM PDT · by · 19 replies · 816+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | Number 13, Summer 2006, pp. 61-67. | Patrick Lee and Robert P. George
    n the debate about the moral standing of human embryos, some defenders of embryo-destructive research have claimed that human embryos are not human beings until implantation (i.e., when the embryo attaches to the uterus, approximately six days after fertilization), and others have claimed that they are not human beings until gastrulation (i.e., when the possibility of twinning no longer exists and the primitive neural streak first appears, approximately 14 days after fertilization). These claims have been repeated by policymakers, scientists, and bioethicists alike, yet they fly in the face of the embryological evidence. Seeing why will put the embryo research...
  • Ultrasound sends neurons down wrong path - Study raises questions over prenatal procedure.

    08/07/2006 6:08:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 84 replies · 2,069+ views ^ | 7 August 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Close window Published online: 7 August 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060807-2 Ultrasound sends neurons down wrong pathStudy raises questions over prenatal procedure.Helen Pearson Neurons grow awry in the brains of baby mice exposed to 30 minutes of ultrasound.© BSIP, SERCOMI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The type of ultrasound used to scan babies in the womb disturbs brain cells in mouse fetuses, say researchers. The finding fuels a debate about the safety of the technique for unborn babies. Babies in the womb are routinely scanned using high-frequency sound waves. The scans allow doctors to check on growth rates and spot developmental abnormalities....
  • ACLU Applauds No Punishment For Pregnant Women Doing Drugs

    08/05/2006 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 26 replies · 677+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 5-Aug-06 | Jay Stephenson
    Via ACLU website: The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland applauded today’s decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously ruling that the reckless endangerment statute does not apply to women who take drugs while pregnant. “The ACLU of Maryland is heartened that the high court agrees that prosecuting drug-dependent pregnant women is not what the state of Maryland considers good policy,” said David Rocah, staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland. “We believe that using criminal law to regulate a pregnant woman’s conduct on the theory that it might harm a fetus or her newborn child is counterproductive, illegal,...
  • Unborn Child a Parasite, a Tapeworm: Columnist

    08/02/2006 3:19:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 176 replies · 4,146+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Hilary White and John Jalsevac
    ANN ARBOR, August 2, 2006 ( – In a July 26 column that reads almost like a parody of the slogans of the abortion movement, a sophomore at Michigan State University has declared that the unborn child is a parasite, similar to a tapeworm that should be "annihilated." Writing for The State News, the campus paper of Michigan State University, one of the largest univerities in the U.S., Shane Krouse writes, "The fetus is merely a wad of cells. A mere wad of cells doesn't equate to a fully functioning, living human being. A wad of cells cannot make its own...
  • Human Fetus A "Parasite" - The State News, MI State U

    08/04/2006 10:28:40 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 36 replies · 986+ views ^ | 8/2/06 | warner todd huston
    What are they teaching our children at MSU in East Lansing, Michigan? It appears to be that a human fetus is no different than a "tapeworm" or a "parasitical creature". They are also teaching that a newspaper is the proper place for devaluing human life as a recent article by Shane Krouse in The State News proves. Shane Krouse, a sophomore and State News columnist, directly and unequivocally equates the human fetus, which he rather unscientifically describes as "a wad of cells", to parasites. He doesn’t stop with parasites, but goes much further than that, of course, as he lambastes...
  • Smoke in the Womb Makes Unruly Toddlers (acutal headline)

    07/14/2006 9:22:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 165 replies · 1,651+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Thu Jul 13, 2006 | Ker Than
    A new study finds that unborn babies regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb are much more likely to have behavioral problems as young children. The study, detailed in current issue of the journal Child Development, is the first to show a link between smoking during pregnancy and child behavior problems in the first years of life. The researchers found that 2-year-olds whose mothers were exposed to cigarette smoke while pregnant were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavioral problems compared to their unexposed peers. The researchers looked at 93 children between their first and...
  • Cannabis use risks unborn babies' health: study

    07/05/2006 6:32:26 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 418+ views
    A new study has found that cannabis use by pregnant women has a significant negative effect on their babies' health. The study was carried out by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. In what it describes as the largest study of its kind, the research centre analysed more than 400,000 live births over a five-year period, studying the effects of cannabis, opiods and stimulants, on the developing foetus. Dr Lucy Burns says it showed that cannabis smoking had a major effect. "Cannabis use seemed to have quite a significant impact on the baby in terms of the baby's weight...

    05/30/2006 3:05:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 653+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 30, 2006 | CARL CAMPANILE
    EXCLUSIVE Children exposed to high levels of city air pollution while in the womb are nearly three times more likely to have mental deficiencies than other kids, an explosive Columbia University study has found. The analysis compared the learning ability of 183 3-year-olds from Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx with the level of pollutants they were exposed to before birth. The moms wore air monitors while they were pregnant, and the kids are being studied over a number of years. The study found that 42 kids exposed to the highest readings of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in utero -...
  • Fetus' Feet Show Fish, Reptile Vestiges

    05/20/2006 6:02:56 PM PDT · by Al Simmons · 202 replies · 4,269+ views
    Discovery News ^ | May 18, 2006 | Jennifer Viegas
    Fetus' Feet Show Fish, Reptile Vestiges By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News May 18, 2006 — The feet of human embryos taking shape in the womb reveal links to prehistoric fish and reptiles, a new study finds. Human feet may not look reptilian once babies emerge from the womb, but during development the appendages appear similar to prehistoric fish and reptiles. The finding supports the theory that mammalian feet evolved from ancient mammal-like reptiles that, in turn, evolved from fish. It also suggests that evolution -- whether that of a species over time or the developmental course of a single organism...
  • Fetus Cannot Feel Pain, Expert Says

    04/14/2006 11:58:49 AM PDT · by paudio · 150 replies · 3,120+ views ^ | 4/14/06
    FRIDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- Fetuses cannot feel pain, therefore U.S. legislation requiring doctors to tell women that the fetus will feel pain, or to provide pain relief during abortions, has no scientific basis and may harm the women involved, a leading expert contends. "This is an unwarranted piece of legislation because there is good evidence that the fetus cannot feel pain at any stage of gestation," said Stuart Derbyshire, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Birmingham, U.K. He authored an review of the available data on the subject in the April 15 issue of the British...
  • Arizona Governor Vetoes Fetal Pain Legislation

    04/13/2006 11:39:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies · 894+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/13/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    PHOENIX, Arizona, April 13, 2006 ( –Arizona’s governor has vetoed a bill that would require abortionists to tell women that their unborn babies may suffer pain during abortion. Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat who has vetoed pro-life legislation in the past, said, “The Legislature should not attempt to substitute its judgment for that of trained physicians with respect to professional advice given to patients.”HB 2254 would have required that a woman at least 20 weeks pregnant be told that her unborn child “has the physical structures necessary to experience pain,” reported the Arizona Daily Star.Doctors would also have to tell...
  • Research Confirms Unborn Learning About Outside World

    02/24/2006 4:35:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies · 563+ views | 02.24.06
    Research Confirms Unborn Learning About Outside World February 24, 2006 ( - New research funded by Pampers has confirmed that the unborn are actively learning about the outside world.The study group found that from at least 25 weeks, the unborn can recognize their mother's voice, and can react to taste, touch, and sound, as reported by Ireland On Line.See related coverage: Science Reveals Unborn can Dream, Smell, Hear, Remember Events and Feel Pain British Study Shows Unborn Are 'Conscious Before 24 Weeks' Science Reveals Unborn can Dream, Smell, Hear, Remember Events and Feel PainROME, May 17, 2004 (
  • Antidepressants may harm newborns' lungs

    02/10/2006 11:23:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 342+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | February 8, 2006 | STEPHANIE NANO
    ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- New research has linked the use of Prozac and other similar antidepressants during pregnancy to yet another complication in newborns: an uncommon but life-threatening lung problem. Infants whose mothers took the antidepressants in the second half of pregnancy had six times the expected risk of developing the lung disorder, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The antidepressants implicated are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, a class of drugs that includes Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. "This is the latest in a series of troubling reports of possible adverse effects of...