August 30, 2008 |
Microbes in the wrong place at the wrong time -- a woman's amniotic fluid during pregnancy -- may play a role in causing premature births, according to a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE. Using sensitive molecular techniques, researchers found a greater quantity and variety of bacteria and fungi in a significant portion of women who gave birth prematurely. The more severe the infection, the earlier the women were likely to give birth. The amniotic sac, which surrounds a fetus, has long been considered a protected, almost inviolable, site.
January 8, 2007 |
Researchers have found that some stem cells in human amniotic fluid appear to have many of the key therapeutic benefits of embryonic stem cells while avoiding their knottiest ethical, medical and logistical drawbacks, according to a study published Sunday. The stem cells -- easy to harvest from the fluid left over from amniocentesis tests given to many pregnant women -- were used to create bone, heart muscle, blood vessels, fat, and nerve and liver tissues, the study said.
October 23, 2000 |
I used to like going to the doctor. I liked the metaphorical handholding, the assurance that my cough was of the garden variety kind and not tubercular, the promise of a long and healthy, though somewhat neurotic, life. I'd leave my internist's office with a spring in my step, my bronchial tubes clearing by the time I got to the parking lot. But my infatuation with men in white coats came to a screeching halt almost four years ago.
March 3, 1999 |
Alarming Trends Bureau: An Iowa dance instructor claims she was abducted by space aliens who wanted to learn country line dancing. Quote of the Day: From a Westchester supermarket employee, after noticing that a robber had no bag with which to carry the loot he was taking: "Paper or plastic?" According to the Argonaut newspaper, the robber chose paper and escaped with $1,200. Actually, the robber could've gotten more but didn't realize there was a club card special on holdups.
March 28, 1993 |
Like many expectant parents, Lisa and Patrick Maloney envisioned how the birth of their baby would go. They hired private labor assistant Sherri Alden to guide them through the birth and help ensure things would go the way they wanted. Here is how Maloney's labor progressed and what ultimately happened: SUNDAY, MARCH 14 6:30 p.m. One week past her due date, Lisa Maloney's membranes break, releasing the amniotic fluid from her uterus. Labor contractions begin.
November 16, 1986 |
The dilemmas fetal doctors now face daily rarely arose just 10 years ago. The technique of amniocentesis dates back to the 19th Century, but doctors began using the procedure for prenatal diagnosis only in 1968, and even then it was restricted to a few isolated, experimental cases. The purpose of drawing amniotic fluid is to obtain cells that have been generated by the fetus. The cells are extracted from the fluid, grown in a culture medium for about two weeks, then analyzed in a lab.