Human embryo at 5 weeks.
The MHRA has opened an inquiry on the once popular pregnancy test pills. Did they really cause birth defects in children born in the 1970s?
Municipal workers wait before spraying insecticide to prevent the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquito at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
Zika was discovered almost 70 years ago, but wasn't associated with outbreaks until 2007. So how did this formerly obscure virus wind up causing so much trouble in Brazil?
Thalidomide was used by the pregnant women – the population that turned out to be most vulnerable to its risks.
Thalidomide's manufacturer, Chemie Grünenthal, marketed the drug as safe for pregnant women despite reports it was causing malformations in newborns. Why such blatant denial?
Thalidomide was marketed as a safe, sleep-inducing drug, but when taken during pregnancy it could cause severe birth defects.
Documents reveal thalidomide's manufacturer was warned about possible harms as early as 1956.
Some medications are harmful to take while pregnant, but for others it can be more harmful if you don’t take them.
A third of Australian women take medication while pregnant. So what's safe and what's not?
Women planning a family who abruptly stop using antidepressants may be putting themselves in harm’s way.
Research published today has found an association between commonly used antidepressants and birth defects. But pregnant women face greater harms from stopping their medication abruptly.
Pills ok during pregnancy? We can’t know if we don’t study them.
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