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The failure to account for significant social and cultural differences throws doubt on the study’s results. Shutterstock

Birth defect risk for children of first cousins is overstated

Research about the impact of marriage between first cousins on rates of birth defects garnered much media attention when it was published late last week. Sadly, most of the coverage worked to alarm rather…
Research in cerebral palsy has historically lagged behind other medical areas. EPA/Kerim Okten

Explainer: what is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability, affecting 35,000 Australians, or one in 500 people. It is estimated that one Australian child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours. We…
Researchers studied nearly 310,000 births between 1986 and 2002. flickr/spamily

Does all assisted reproduction lead to birth defects?

Recently published research helps clarify the risk of birth defects linked to assisted reproductive technology. The study authors (including myself) found that a major factor for birth defects was parental…

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