cesarean section

For the last decade or two, people have been looking for something to attribute to the increase in the number of people with allergies and autoimmune diseases. A lot of ideas have been floated around - cell phones, vaccines, hand sanitizers or anything else that we use more now than we did 20 years ago. 

On that list is also the increase of births done by Cesarean section.

The hypothesis is that babies born by Cesarean have a different microbiome (or set of bacteria) on them than those born vaginally. And, that those bacteria that are first to establish themselves in the newborn impact the health of the baby for the rest of their life.  

The idea that has taken hold is that babies born by Cesarean section are missing exposure to important microbes because they do...

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics investigates a possible association between planned birth before 39 weeks gestational age and early childhood development.  It concludes that an early, scheduled delivery is linked to poor childhood development at school age.  

A population-based record linkage cohort study of those born in South Wales, Australia between 2002-2007 was performed on 153,730 live-born infants of greater than or equal to 32 weeks gestation with assessments of development in their first year of full-time school 2009 or 2012.  The five avenues interpreted: ...

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Happy Baby, Happy MomThe number of cesarean sections has risen by 50 percent over the last decade without any medical or cost-benefits to patients. Tina Rosenberg discusses in her NYTimes article In Delivery Rooms, Reducing Births of Convenience, a healthcare infrastructure that encourages C-sections despite its risks and harms. In doing so, she highlights lessons medical care providers can glean from the exception to the rule: San Francisco General...

133952397The majority of twin births approximately 75 percent occur via cesarean section (c-section). However, according to a new clinical trial conducted by researchers at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a...