An international team of 23 institutions has worked together to find two genetic biomarkers that increase the risk of the bones in babies' skulls fusing too early.
Stillbirths are heartbreaking for families, and around half of these are caused when babies grow too slowly in the womb, known as fetal growth restriction. Slow growth also leads to the live births of babies that are dangerously small, and affects up to 1 in 20 pregnancies. Canadian researchers have found a protein that could lead to a blood test to tag the women and babies most at risk.
A simple saliva marker could help to time the start of food by mouth for preterm infants, improving the outcome for the baby and his or her family, according to a study published in PLoS One.
To the untutored (and often the tutored) eye, it can be hard to guess a baby's sex from an ultrasound scan. A simple blood test could predict the sex quickly and easily in the first trimester, long
Scientists have identified biomarkers that can predict macrosomia, a condition that describes infants with excessively high birth weights. First trimester levels of the placental protein biomarkers