A Peek into the Future of Fetal/Maternal Healthcare Research: AI/ML and Predictive Modelling
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A Peek into the Future of Fetal/Maternal Healthcare Research: AI/ML and Predictive Modelling

With the rising prevalence of drug use during pregnancy, there are growing concerns regarding the potential dangers these substances may pose to developing embryos and fetuses,
especially for drugs that do not have adequate safety data available. Substances with unverified or dubious safety profiles could introduce significant risks, potentially causing harm to the unborn child

Declaration on green practices of the Green Deal Research Projects 
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Declaration on green practices of the Green Deal Research Projects 

Digital Placenta On-a-chip: Malta is partnering in EU-funded research to help pregnant women minimise risks to the foetus from potentially harmful chemical and medicinal products.

The Malta Innovation Hub at the Malta Life Sciences Park is this week hosting the other partners of the LIFESAVER Horizon funded project.

A smarter way to test drugs without animal cruelty: Learn about the LIFESAVER Project’s revolutionary approach
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A smarter way to test drugs without animal cruelty: Learn about the LIFESAVER Project’s revolutionary approach

The pharmaceutical and chemical industries have long relied on animal testing to determine the safety and efficacy of new drugs. However, this practice is not only ethically questionable, but also time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, there is a groundbreaking solution in development – the LIFESAVER Project utilises a new “biodigital twin” system with a high biofidelity for regulatory, societal, healthcare and industry approval. Considering that premature birth kills one baby every thirty seconds worldwide, this technology currently being developed is not only going to be saving animals, it will ultimately save babies too.

Nurturing Healthy Fetal Development with Maternal Mental Wellness
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Nurturing Healthy Fetal Development with Maternal Mental Wellness

The physical and emotional health of pregnant mothers has a profound impact on the health of their unborn child. As part of the LIFESAVER Project, we believe that mental health matters when nurturing healthy fetal development for both the mother and her baby. Studies have found that the well-being of a mother can have a lasting effect on the health of her child, both during pregnancy and after birth.

Environmental Crisis: A Threat to the Health of Expectant Mothers
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Environmental Crisis: A Threat to the Health of Expectant Mothers

The environmental crisis has become a major threat to the health of expectant mothers and their unborn children, with serious implications for maternal care and neonatal fatalities. In the face of mounting global concerns, it is important to understand how this crisis affects pregnant women and their families, and what measures can be taken to protect their health and safety.

Why medical advances are key to reducing preterm births in Europe
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Why medical advances are key to reducing preterm births in Europe

Preterm births and associated problems are of significant concern for Europe and is the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 years worldwide. Every year, hundreds of thousands of babies are born before the 37th week of pregnancy, putting them at risk of numerous short and long-term health problems.

Can the placenta still protect the fetus in the face of environmental threats?
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Can the placenta still protect the fetus in the face of environmental threats?

The placenta is remarkable – a temporary organ that nourishes and protects the fetus – and is then discarded when its job is complete. It acts as a gatekeeper between mother and fetus by allowing oxygen and nutrients in while filtering out potentially harmful substances that can affect fetal health. In a world where increasing numbers of environmental pollutants may be putting pregnancies at risk, can the placenta still do its best job?

How Can Pregnant Women Safeguard Themselves and their Fetuses from Potentially Harmful Chemicals?
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How Can Pregnant Women Safeguard Themselves and their Fetuses from Potentially Harmful Chemicals?

Harmful toxins can be present in the air, water, the workplace or everyday products. Substances with the potential to harm can be breathed in, absorbed, or consumed by a pregnant woman. They can then affect the fetus via the bloodstream and the placenta. What are some of the biggest offenders?