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OCT
24

To Improve 7 billion Lives, One Hand Washes the Other

As we prepare for the world population to reach 7 billion at the end of this month, smart development programs understand the importance of leveraging interactions with hard-to-reach people to solve more than one problem at a time. Hand washing is one of those opportunities.

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OCT
18

Study Finds Clues to Sneak Protein Linked to Pre-Eclampsia

Dr. Harvey Kliman, a reproductive sciences researcher at Yale School of Medicine has found a potential link between Placental Protein 13 (PP13) and pre-eclampsia. Based on placental specimens from normal pregnancies that were terminated before the fourteenth week of gestation, researchers tested the specimens and found large concentrations of protein PP13. While this does not necessarily translate into a treatment for pre-eclampsia, a new diagnostic test could be developed based on PP13 levels to identify women at risk for pre-eclampsia early in gestation.

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OCT
18

Pregnant Women's Gains From Extra Calcium May Be Limited

According to a recent meta-analysis of 21 randomized controlled trials to determine benefit of calcium supplementation on pregnancy and birth outcomes, researchers have found that supplementation did not lower the risk of preterm birth or low birth weight. Buppasiri P et al. however did find that calcium supplementation was protective against pre-eclampsia.

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OCT
12

WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

The majority of deaths due to pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are avoidable through the provision of timely and effective care to the women presenting with these complications. Optimizing health care to prevent and treat women with hypertensive disorders is a necessary step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. WHO has developed the present evidence-informed recommendations with a view to promoting the best possible clinical practices for the management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

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OCT
3

Small Fixes Series

Small Fixes is an ongoing series in the New York Times that examines low-cost innovations that can impact maternal and neonatal lives saved.

 

The three articles below explore different technologies.

 

Clean Birth Kits: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/health/27birth.html

 

Compression Suit for Maternal Hemorrhage: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/health/27wetsuit.html

 

Infant Resuscitation Device: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/health/27breathe.html