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Study: Morning sickness during pregnancy protects baby in the womb, lowers risk of miscarriage

The cause of the morning sickness is not known, but the recent study revealed that it protects the foetus against toxins and various disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages

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New York, Sep 27 : During pregnancy, nausea, and vomiting or the “morning sickness” which occurs is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage, a study has found.

Morning sickness is something which typically begins in the morning and resolves as the day progresses. For most of the women, nausea and vomiting subside by the fourth month of pregnancy. Some may have these symptoms for the entire period of pregnancy till delivery.

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The cause of the morning sickness is not known, but the recent study revealed that it protects the foetus against toxins and various disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages.

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“Our study evaluates symptoms from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, immediately after conception, and confirms that there is a protective association between nausea and vomiting and a lower risk of pregnancy loss,” said Stefanie N. Hinkle, lead author and scientist at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) — a public health research organization in Maryland, US.

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The team analyzed a total of 797 women who had tested positive for pregnancy, with 188 ending in miscarriage.

By the eighth week of pregnancy, 57.3 percent of the women reported of experiencing nausea and 26.6 percent reported nausea along with vomiting.

After analyzing, the researchers found that the women experiencing ‘morning sickness’ were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have pregnancy loss as compared to those who had not experienced it.

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The study, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers at and other institutions.

– prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from IANS. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Want to Know What’s Happening Around the World Due to COVID-19? Use this App

This app to provide overview of COVID-19 pandemic globally

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Researchers have created a web application that provides an overview of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Pixabay

Researchers have created a web application that provides an overview of the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic across the globe, in a way that is more interactive than other maps and statistics.

The app titled ‘COVID-19’ is based on data from Johns Hopkins University in the US, the Danish National Serum Institute in Denmark, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations.

“We began working on the app as a pet project, to deal with our boredom and inability to physically meet up. While Skyping one day, we wondered why we couldn’t find a graph that portrayed the evolution of coronavirus cases in Denmark,” said Phillip Bredahl Mogensen from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, one of those behind the app.

According to the study, the app provides an overview of how COVID-19 is spreading and the number of people who have both passed away and recovered.

Statistics from every country on earth are available and readily compared. For example, in only a few clicks, one can see how Spain or Italy are faring with the pandemic compared to Denmark. They also said that this is the first app that attempts to estimate suspected numbers – as opposed to reporting back confirmed positives from the test result.

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According to the study, the app provides an overview of how COVID-19 is spreading and the number of people who have both passed away and recovered. Pixabay

“With the help of Danish and South Korean mortality statistics, we are able to provide an estimate of how many people were actually infected 20 days ago,” explained Bredahl Mogensen.

“For example, on March 9, there were 92 confirmed cases in Denmark. We estimate that there were actually between 1,163 and 3,615 people infected. In other words, 10 times the number of people were infected as compared to the official statistics,” he added.

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The researchers used South Korean COVID-19 mortality data because the country has been dealing with the epidemic for a longer period of time and because South Korea has broader and more precise data sets than other countries.

“Even though the method is under development, and has yet to be validated, it presents an incredibly interesting estimate of the unknown extent of this virus,” the authors wrote. (IANS)