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Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

Five-fold greater risk found in children whose mothers had low supplemental iron and other risk factors for delivering a child with ASD ...

Are pregnant women getting enough key nutrients?

A research study at Massey University aims to uncover more about the dietary habits of pregnant women in New Zealand. ...

Newborns have stronger immunity than first thought

Contrary to what was previously thought, newborn immune T cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria, according to a new study led by King’s College London. Although their immune system works very differently to that of adults, babies may still be able to mount a strong immune defense, finds the study published in the journal Nature Medicine. ... Full story

Premature deaths could be reduced by 40 per cent by 2030, researchers say

A group of leading public health experts suggests that with targeted international efforts, countries around the world could reduce premature deaths by 40 per cent by 2030. ... Full story

Consumption of fast food prior to pregnancy increases risk of suffering gestational diabetes

The Consumption of fast food prior to pregnancy is a risk factor in gestational diabetes. This was highlighted by researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Medicine Faculty of the University of Navarra. ... Full story

Organic food may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia cases

Pregnant women who often eat organic vegetables have a lower risk of pre-eclampsia than women who rarely or never do. This is shown in an article using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) published in the British Medical Journal Open. ... Full story

Balance benefits baby boomers: reduce your risk of falls

If you are over 65 and have had a fall before, researchers at the University of Sydney think you should balance on one leg to brush your teeth, bend your knees to pack the dishwasher and take the stairs more often. ... Full story

Organic food may cause fewer pre-eclampsia cases

Pregnant women who often eat organic vegetables have a lower risk of pre-eclampsia than women who rarely or never do. This is shown in an article using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) published in the British Medical Journal Open. ... Full story

New drug target could prevent major global cause of maternal death

Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered a new target for drugs that could prevent the deaths of thousands of women in the developing world due to heavy blood loss after childbirth. ... Full story

Whooping cough vaccine recommended for pregnant women amid spike in cases

Vaccine necessary to prevent disease and complications ... Full story

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