News Roundup January 29th

newbornExposure to Nicotine in the Womb Increases Long-Term Risk of Obesity Recent research shows exposure to nicotine from either smoking or NRT (nicotine replacement therapy i.e., gum, patches, nasal spray and lozenges) in the womb, causes an increased risk of obesity and other long-term adverse reactions. The study was led by Daniel Hardy, PhD, assistant professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology and Pharmacology of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Read more here.

Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Negatively Impacts Brain Development A recent study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet by an international team of researchers has shown that the effects of Cannabis consumption during pregnancy can endanger fetal brain development with long-lasting effects after birth. The study was published this month in Embo Journal. Read more here.

Marker Identified for Life-threatening Disease in Preterm Babies A life-threatening bowel infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the most common serious gastrointestinal disorder among preterm newborns. Now Researchers at Loyola University Health System have identified a marker to identify those infants who are at risk for the infection. “This information will allow us to better care for these premature infants,” said Jonathan Muraskas, MD, study investigator and co-medical director of Loyola’s neonatal ICU. These findings were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Read more here.



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