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This breakthrough results from the efforts made by Yale University researchers in developing an equation to work out the volume of the placenta with a high degree of accuracy.

The researchers have expressed hope that their measurement could spot problems with the organ, which nourishes the growing foetus.

Very small placentas have been associated with foetal death, although many healthy babies are born of below-average size placentas and, conversely, sickly infants from larger ones.

Harvey Kliman, department of obstetrics, revealed that he got inspired to develop an accurate means of measuring the organ after he learnt that it was difficult to gauge on ultrasound screens.

The researcher revealed that the sum involves estimates of the maximum width, height and thickness of the placenta to produce the Estimated Placenta Volume (EPV), and is reported to predict its actual volume by up to 89 per cent.

UK’s first eyelash transplant
Britain’s first-ever eyelash transplant has been performed on a 19-year-old with a hair-pulling disorder.

The procedure took four hours to complete, during which time hairs were removed from the back of the teenager’s head, and then replanted into cuts in the eyelid.
Expert from a network of cosmetic surgery clinics say that the lashes should gradually thicken between four and six months after surgery.
The teenager suffered from trichotillomania, known as trich in short, an impulsive control disorder in which sufferers compulsively yank hair off their bodies, leaving bald patches.

Role of food, drinks in pregnancy
What goes inside a body may have a significant effect in improving female fertility, suggests a study.

Dr Emma Derbyshire and her team, Manchester Metropolitan University, has found that controlled diet may enhance the chances of getting a positive pregnancy test, even to the point of being as effective as IVF treatment.

The researchers observed that while intrauterine insemination and ovarian stimulation showed a success rate of 33 per cent in conception, dietary advice was virtually as effective, giving a 32 per cent success rate.

They suggest that some efforts that may help increase a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, and delivering a healthy baby.

These included restrictive methods like abstaining from alcohol, cutting down on caffeine levels or switching to decaffeinated versions.

Attitude helps stop child obesity
An eminent obesity expert has said that parents can help to prevent obesity in children by helping them with their eating habits and building a healthy body image.
According to Edward Abramson, California State University, parents can ward off obesity by getting their children to eat better food and exercise.

Dr Abramson said childhood obesity has increased fourfold in the last 40 years, which may make today’s children to become the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

The expert said that in the last decade, “we’ve seen a tenfold increase in Type 2 diabetes and psychological and social consequences, such as prejudice, rejection, discrimination and low self-esteem in children.”

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