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Reviewing England's strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions - teenage pregnancies hit record low

Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the ...

Novel Lab Test May Advance Diagnosis of Rare But Dangerous Pregnancy Condition

A laboratory blood test developed at Johns Hopkins for the diagnosis of a rare genetic red blood cell disorder also shows promise ...

New study pinpoints placenta as treatment target

A new study from The University of Western Australia has found the placenta may play a more crucial role than previously thought in influencing babies’ health throughout pregnancy and that the organ could be individually targeted for treatment. ... Full story

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has announced that pregnant women can now avail of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination from week 16 of their pregnancy. ... Full story

Mouse models of Zika in pregnancy show how fetuses become infected

Mice provide tool to test vaccines, therapeutics, understand Zika biology in pregnancy ... Full story

Brazilian Zika Virus Strain Causes Birth Defects in Experimental Models

First direct experimental proof of causal effect, researchers say ... Full story

Marijuana use in pregnancy is major risk for pre-term birth

International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. ... Full story

Too Much Folate in Pregnant Women Increases Risk for Autism, Study Suggests

Researchers say that while folate deficiency is bad for developing fetus, excessive amounts could also be harmful ... Full story

New Technology is Life-Saving Voice for Premature or Critically Ill Infants

Innovative monitoring system detects risk of infections up to 24 hours before symptoms appear Image: Melissa Renteria holds her newborn baby, Arthur, while he’s monitored by the HeRO technology ... Full story

Cutting premature death rates

Babies born with a low birthweight are at an increased risk of death in infancy right through to adolescence compared to babies born at a normal birthweight, according to new University research. ... Full story

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