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Depending on the condition a couple risk passing to their child, testing can be offered as carrier screening. Shirl/Flickr

What’s the genetic disease risk for children of related couples?

Marriages between people who are related is more common than you might think. Unlike what many people think, their offspring are not doomed to birth defects or medical problems. In fact, unless they both…
Early exposure to siblings and dogs may help to train the developing immune system. Flickr/henry...

Infants with siblings and pets less likely to develop allergies

Having older siblings and a dog that lives in the home could reduce the likelihood of infants developing egg allergies, according to a new study published in the latest edition of the journal Allergy…
Millions of babies have been born after the use of assisted reproductive technologies, and nothing has gone wrong with the vast majority. Chiceaux Lynch

No need for alarm about birth defects after assisted conception

Some people may be wondering whether it’s wise to undergo assisted reproduction after recent media headlines about these technologies increasing the risk of birth defects. In fact, millions of babies have…
A whole genome test is meaningless unless you can interpret it. Dave Faryam

The $1000 genome map: do you really want to know?

It’s now possible to access genetic testing from your living room or office, without the need to visit a health professional. There are many reasons why you might like to get a genetic test. Maybe someone…
Self-harm is a response to emotions that feel intolerable and unbearable to young people who aren’t yet equipped to deal with them. Gareth Williams

Growing pains: puberty responsible for most teenage self-harm

A study published today in the Lancet shows that while self-harm is relatively common among teenagers, most young people will naturally stop hurting themselves as they develop biologically and emotionally…
As a pregnant woman’s weight increases above normal levels, so does her child’s risk of asthma. Flickr/limascarjuliet

Pregnancy, obesity and child asthma: an uncomfortable connection

Being obese during pregnancy dramatically increases the risk of the child developing asthma by their tenth birthday, according a study published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology…
Children of separated parents have higher rates of emotional problems but it doesn’t mean these families are bad for kids.

Separation anxiety? Stop blaming one-parent families for all of society’s ills

The mental health and well-being of Australian children is deteriorating and this is caused by a breakdown of two parent families, according to a report released today by University of Sydney Law Professor…

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