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- Study examines prevalence of Zika-related birth defects. About 7% of women with confirmed Zika virus infection in the French Caribbean territories of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique delivered babies who developed neurologic and ocular birth defects, with the highest birth defect risk among those whose mothers were infected during the first trimester, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.
- Foam from cows’ lungs helps premature infants survive. Foam extracted from cows’ lungs at the slaughterhouse helps human infants with hyaline membrane disease survive, in an example of so-called farm to pharma technology.
- Studies: Preeclampsia, lactation affect cardiovascular health. Research presented at the 2018 American College of Cardiology meeting found having a history of preeclampsia increased a woman’s risk of diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol 5 years after delivering a baby, compared with women who did not experience preeclampsia. A second study linked longer breastfeeding, compared with never breastfeeding, to better cardiometabolic measures in women and a reduced likelihood of vascular changes associated with cardiovascular disease.