March of Dimes Campaign To End Premature Birth

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Community

March of Dimes

Smoking is One of the Leading Causes of Premature Birth

Smoking is one of the leading causes of premature birth. Fortunately, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation’s First Breath Program is one of the leading causes of quitting.

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Advocacy

March of Dimes

Zika and Pre-Term Birth — What You Should Know

Most people have seen the heart-wrenching images of babies born with small, underdeveloped heads and brains after their mothers were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. But scientists are just starting to understand that these obvious birth defects may be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Research

March of Dimes

Dr. Vincent Lynch and his team are studying how the genes that control our reproductive systems evolved

Our genes make us what and how we are, and dictate everything that we will be, even when and how we're born. And although human reproduction is unique ...

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Education

March of Dimes

How the University of Arizona's Mobile Health Program takes the idea of "doctors making rounds" to a whole new level

Forty years ago, Dr. Augusto Ortiz, a member of the University of Arizona's Department of Family and Community Medicine, had a radical idea ...

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Support

March of Dimes

Dustin and Haley Brooks were excited to be having twins. And then they found out just how dangerous that was going to be

On the initial sonogram, they could only see one of the babies. On the second, they could see there was another. And shortly after that, they found that the twins were monoamniotic-monochorionic, meaning they share the same amniotic sac, and the same placenta, although they have two separate umbilical cords.

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News
Stacey Davis Stewart President, March of Dimes Foundation

Stacey D. Stewart joined the March of Dimes Foundation as President-Elect on November 7, 2016 and will take over as President on January 1, 2017. In this role, Ms. Stewart will promote a global strategy around the organization’s mission to give all babies a healthy start. She will be responsible for leading all aspects of the organization’s strategy, vision and operations.

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GEneSTATION - What we're working on: a look into labs of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers

There are many reasons why the problem of prematurity is so difficult to solve. It has multiple causalities and triggers. It occurs without warning, and its incidence is extremely variable, distributed across cultures, socio-economic strata, environments and even body types. That variability is compounded even further because, singularly among other complex human traits, human gestation and birth involves multiple organs from two individuals, mom and baby. But one aspect of our research is about to get a little easier.

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Rapid-Genome Sequencing - What we're working on: a look into labs of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers

For the last decade or so, Dr. Stephen Quake and his team have been pioneering new techniques in rapid-genome sequencing. In 2008, for instance, they published a paper that described a new technique for diagnosing Down syndrome — simply by analyzing DNA fragments found in a pregnant woman's blood plasma.

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