Smog causes nearly 3 million preterm births per yearby Annalisa Lista - 2017.02.17
Air pollution among the causes of preterm births. A truth contained in a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute led in 183 countries. Data have shown that in 2010, 18% of preterm births, that is 2,7 millions, were due to fine particular matter (P.M. 2,5). Such results confirm that diesel vehicles, agricultural waste-burning not only affect those who breathe them but, indirectly, also a fetus in the womb. A study that represents an important starting point in the development of new prevention measures in order to reduce preterm birth, that is among the main causes of infant mortality, disabilities and other disorders.
The first 3D-printed ovaries for those with fertility problems
Excellent news for the thousands of women suffering from infertility from the Northwestern University. The first 3D-printed ovaries have been completely created in the laboratory. Scientists have moulded them using liquid gelatin derived from collagen - an essential protein found in ligaments, tendons, muscles, bone and skin. The pores on Read More.
A plant-derived contraceptive that may replace the pill
The Far East offers what could be a new and natural contraceptive method. It is called Lives of the god of thunder (léi gōng téng in Mandarin) and is a Chinese plant whose anti-conception qualities have been analysed by a team of American researchers. In a study recently published in Read More.
The best Italian regions to be a mother
Trentino-Alto Adige is still the most “mother friendly” Region in Italy. According to the latest Report by Save the Children on the subject, no changes were registered in the first positions of the ranking if compared to the previous year. Valle d’Aosta, in fact, still ranks second and Emilia-Romagna third. The Read More.
Two reasons why Spain’s population is decreasing
The Spanish population has fallen to 46.5 million: -1 million with respect to 2013. There are two main reasons for this decrease. 1) Fall in birth rate: already in 2015 – and for the first time since 1941- the number of deaths exceeded the number of births. The average age of Read More.
Increase in infant mortality in Great Britain
Significant increase in infantile deaths in Great Britain: 3.7 every 1,000. A figure that has started to climb again, after a long downward trend, after 2003 when the record of 5.3 every 1,000 was registered. Findings are from the latest report released by the Office of National Statistics. According to which, the Read More.
First artificial uterus for premature infants
The first artificial uterus has been created to allow premature infants to continue to develop and thrive. This great innovation was launched at Children’s Hospital di Philadelphia and consists of a sack that perfectly reproduces the environment of the mother’s womb. Filled with a liquid that simulates amniotic fluid and a Read More.