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Smoking is bad.  Bad for mom.  Bad for unborn and born baby.  Now, yet another study reveals its adverse effect on the developing child.  

This time the focus is the kidney and the resultant damage.  

Researchers from Kyoto University in Japan set out to clarify the association between smoking during and after pregnancy in the home with the risk of proteinuria at age 3 years old of the child.  

Proteinuria refers to the spilling of protein into the urine.  This can occur in a benign fashion when it is in trace amounts and due to orthostatic proteinuria (aka protein appearing in the urine upon standing due to a positional or postural shift).  When it is sustained and present in the urine in increasingly significant amounts, it can reflect underlying disease or...

133952397Preeclampsia a medical condition affecting pregnant women categorized by high blood pressure and elevated levels of protein in the urine affects two to eight percent of all pregnancies. The condition has been associated with increased cardiovascular risks and can lead to the dreaded complication, eclampsia, characterized by seizures and high risk to both mother and newborn, unless urgent interventions, including immediate delivery, are instituted. The diagnosis is made using blood pressure readings and proteinuria assessments, as...

20SCIB2-articleInlineAfter having a child, Emily Oster began to to question the conventional wisdom given to her by doctors. During her pregnancy, Oster grew uncomfortable with the rules that her doctors were pushing on her and began searching for the evidence behind their advice. In her book Expecting Better, Oster informs mothers-to-be about the pros and cons of certain practices that are not being discussed with them by their...