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‘Inexpensive Old Drug’ May Prevent Birth Damage in High-Risk Newborns, Study Shows

Scans, Skills Testing Indicate Improved Neurodevelopment in Some Treated Children ...

Marijuana use increases risks in pregnancy

Women using marijuana during pregnancy have an increased risk of spontaneous pre-term birth, according to new research. ...

Sex, Pregnancy and Living with Disabilities

How regularly do women with disabilities receive pelvic exams and Pap tests? Primary care related to their sexual and reproductive health? And how often do they experience unintended pregnancies in a country where roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned? ... Full story

Teen birth rates fall nearly 50 percent among Hispanic and black teens, dropping national teen birth rate to an all-time low

Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade. Despite this progress, key challenges persist for many communities, according to the report. ... Full story

National clinical database to help reduce number of miscarriages

A new national database could help relieve the misery of miscarriage for thousands of women. ... Full story

The Female Pelvis Adjusts for Childbearing Years

Mother Nature has the answer: With the onset of puberty, the female pelvis expands; with the onset of menopause, it contracts again. In contrast, the male pelvis remains on the same developmental trajectory throughout a lifetime. The striking results of a study by the University of Zurich suggest that the morphology of the female pelvis is influenced by hormonal changes in puberty and during menopause. ... Full story

Researchers improve identification of women at high risk of pre-eclampsia

By Marc Dodsworth - Dr. Joel Ray speaks in a video about clinical risk factors for pre-eclampsia. ... Full story

Natural births after caesarean more likely if you call the midwife

Although caesarean sections are safe, research is increasingly showing that vaginal birth and labour protects against long term-risks There is a growing emphasis placed by health authorities on promoting vaginal birth after caesarean ... Full story

Consuming too much fructose during pregnancy raises the child’s risk for heart disease

GALVESTON, Texas – The negative health effects of consuming large amounts of fructose could impact several generations, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. ... Full story

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