High Blood Pressure in Children: Should we be concerned?

Evidence suggests that blood pressure levels in children and adolescents are rising, particularly in the African region. In the absence of other symptoms or illness, and with little clinical guidance available for the African context, the path forward is unclear. This webinar will explore current clinical guidelines for paediatric primary hypertension, recent evidence of change in paediatric blood pressure levels in Africa, the risk factors and longer term impact. In collaboration with the COE-HUMAN, North West University, The George Institute for Global Health, Wits University and the University...

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Research uncovers link between the timing of fetal head growth patterns and subsequent child development

Researchers monitored the growth inside the womb of over 3,500 babies in six countries across the world using serial ultrasound scans throughout pregnancy. The results of the findings of the INTERBIO-21st Fetal Study were published in the journal Nature Medicine, providing strong evidence that development in childhood is influenced by events affecting the mother before and/or during pregnancy. In particular, a critical time period during pregnancy is between 20 to 25 weeks gestation. The growth and development of infants was then monitored until the age of 2 years. The study identified head...

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A conversation with Mary Wlodek, Professor of Physiology at the University of Melbourne

We interviewed Professor Mary Wlodek whose mission is to try and correct the deficits in breastmilk of women who suffer with complicated pregnancies. In Professor Wlodek’s long career in animal-based research, it became clear that many rat pups born small, developed cardiovascular and metabolic health problems, which has intergenerational repercussions. Maternal and placental changes that occur in complicated pregnancies in rats meant that a mother’s breast function was altered, and that their offspring are not able to consume the right amount, and best composition, of breast milk. This is...

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Prof Kelly speaks about the effects of air pollution on babies

Professor Frank Kelly, Department Head of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Science, Kings College, London, discusses his environmental research area: the impacts of air pollution on the pregnant mother and her child in-utero. He leads a research group that provides monitoring of London’s air quality. His work includes providing hourly updates to London’s public about such air quality.

air pollution, Pregnancy, urbanisation, urbanization

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