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Amniotic fluid stem cells could help repair gut damage in babies

Scientists have used stem cells taken from amniotic fluid to restore gut structure and function following intestinal damage in rodents, paving the way for a new form of cell therapy to reverse serious damage from inflammation in the intestines of babies.  The study, funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, investigated a new way to treat necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), where severe inflammation destroys tissues in the gut.

Largest ever clinical study on omega-3 supplementation in pregnancy reveals dramatic reduction in early births

The DOMInO (DHA to Optimise Mother and Infant Outcomes) trial, funded by the Australian government and conducted in 5 Australian maternity hospitals from 2005 - 2010, supplemented pregnant women with Efalex® Mother & Baby or a placebo blended oil capsule from the 19th week of pregnancy until birth (averaging 21 weeks of supplementation).

British scientists have developed a membrane “repair” patch that could prevent thousands of premature births.

Up to 40 per cent of early births are caused by a rupture in the membrane surrounding the foetus which starts labour.

Bumps on board? Mums-to-be want to know when it’s safe to fly

Holidays can be your last chance to spend time alone as a couple before baby arrives.  But travelling can be stressful – especially with a bump on board!

First Days of Babycare

newborns feet

New washing machine, DVD, electric toothbrush - all come with instruction manuals. But babies, the most complex piece of natural engineering ever, come with nothing. That's why we all need a few tips.

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