Maternal malaria, birth size and blood pressure in nigerian newborns: Insights into the developmental origins of hypertension from the ibadan growth cohort

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  • External authors:
  • Omolola O. Ayoola
  • Olayemi O. Omotade
  • Olusoji A. Adeyanju
  • J. Kennedy Cruickshank


Background: Hypertension is an increasing health issue in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria remains common in pregnancy. We established a birth cohort in Nigeria to evaluate the early impact of maternal malaria on newborn blood pressure (BP). Methods: Anthropometric measurements, BP, blood films for malaria parasites and haematocrit were obtained in 436 mother-baby pairs. Women were grouped to distinguish between the timing of malaria parasitaemia as 'No Malaria', 'Malaria during pregnancy only' or 'Malaria at delivery', and parasite density as low (

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24548
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2011