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Browse: Breakthrough In Predicting Premature Birth Browse: Blood Test Predicts Early Labour
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Feature: Early and Delayed Motherhood Linked to Schizophrenia Risk
A mother’s age when she gives birth is associated with her child’s likelihood of developing schizophrenia, but is this because psychosocial factors associated with the mother's age affect her child's risk, or because women with a higher genetic risk for schizophrenia are more likely to have their first child at an early or late age?
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Cover Story: Why Are Males More at Risk in the Womb?
Subtle changes in the placenta before a child’s birth can affect its predisposition to chronic disease and premature death many years later – and unborn boys are most vulnerable.
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Feature: Which Pregnant Women Are at Risk?
A new screening test can identify the risk of pregnancy complications based on a genetic test in conjunction with lifestyle factors.
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Feature: Born Too Soon
Each year a million babies die after premature birth, but researchers have now identified a potential treatment.
Browse: Birth Size Link to Teen Mental Health Conditions Browse: Poor Maternal Bonding Inherited
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Feature: The Art of Pregnancy
Low birth weight affects one in eight indigenous Australian babies. To counter this and the ongoing health issues it causes, an art program is attracting pregnant indigenous women into a research project that also educates them and monitors their health.
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Feature: The Breast Exposed
Why is the breast so prone to cancer?
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Feature: Bated Breath
Medical advances are enabling increasingly premature babies to survive, but the health risks they face can persist well beyond childhood. Now a clinical trial in Melbourne is testing the use of foetal stem cells to ward off chronic lung disease in premature babies.
Browse: Maternal Stress Leads to Child Behaviour Issues
The number of stressful incidents during pregnancy has been correlated with behavioural problems in children up to 14 years old.
Browse: Vitamin D Deficiency Impedes Child Speech
Further evidence has emerged of the importance of healthy maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy, with children whose mothers had low concentrations of vitamin D in their blood during their second and third trimester more likely to struggle with speech.
Browse: Briefs
Cannabis risk in pregnancy, IVF risks for multiple embryos, early birth better for twins and more.
Browse: Poor Maternal Nutrition Primes Child Obesity
Rats whose mothers were fed an unhealthy diet during pregnancy need more junk food to get the same hit, according to research published in FASEB. The mechanism appears to be a shortage of pleasure receptors in the brain.
Browse: Sex Discrimination in the Womb
Browse: Treatment for Pregnancy Complications Ineffective Browse: Maternal Exercise Keeps Unborn Boys Trim and Terrific
Browse: Fatty Maternal Diet Changes Newborn Heart’s “Taste Buds” Browse: Male Seahorse and Human Pregnancies Are Alike
Browse: Small birth or stress during pregnancy increases disease risk in mothers Expert Opinion: Chemical Exposure Linked to Preterm Birth Risk
Women exposed to phthalates during pregnancy are at increased risk of preterm birth, according to US research. Phthalates are found in lotions, perfumes, deodorants and plastics such as PVC.
Expert Opinion: Antidepressants during Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Kids
Exposure to antidepressants in the womb may be linked to attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in the child, but the risks of depressed mothers stopping their medication may be greater.
Up Close: Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproductive technologies
Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism.
Up Close: The baby makers: The science behind healthier embryos and better IVF
Reproductive biologist Professor David Gardner explains what we're still learning about healthy embryo development, how it's being applied to improve IVF technologies, and the unexpected insights it may offer into how cells implant themselves and proliferate, including how cancers take hold.
Online Feature: Marijuana a risk in early pregnancy
High potency and synthetic marijuana pose real dangers in first weeks of pregnancy
Browse: Foetal Motor Neuron Imbalance Hard-Wires Later Problems