Non-invasive prenatal examination may detect early-stage cancer
An adapted version of a test non-invasive prenatal care is able to detect some early-stage cancers in pregnant women. This was pointed out in a study published in the American Medical Association's journal of oncology.
The study counted on the participation of 4,000 pregnant women. Through blood examination three genomic mutations were observed in three women that led to the suspicion of maternal or fetal cancer. All three patients were referred for further examination. In one, ovarian cancer was detected, the other follicular lymphoma, and in the third, a Hodgkin's lymphoma was diagnosed. Because these types of cancers have been detected in their early stages, before the onset of symptoms, the treatment is much better.
Noninvasive prenatal tests are currently used to detect risks for genetic conditions in the fetus such as Down Syndrome , Edwards Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, and neural tube defects. They are often indicated when the mother is more likely to have a child with these conditions, such as in the case of pregnant women over the age of 35.
With this study, researchers argue that non-invasive prenatal tests are performed by all women and not only those most at risk of having a child with a certain genetic condition.
Research conducted by the University of California, United States found that mothers who have a fever during pregnancy may be twice as likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay. The results are based on data from a large study known as
Researchers suggest that using medication to treat fever during gestation may help prevent the onset of autism in the child. According to them, when people are infected by bacteria or viruses, the body usually reacts with fever, which is a healing response that involves the release of molecules called proinflammatory cytokines that go into the bloodstream.
An image of love between mother and child is generating great excitement on the internet. The photo was taken by photographer Vanessa A. Simmons and shows the image of a female judo breastfeeding her 2-year-old son soon after winning the silver medal in a competition in the United States. American Judge Jennifer Orey, mother of two children, is inspiring several women with the image, showing that it is possible to adapt to reconcile mother's life and work.
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