The US and Canada began fortifying flour with folic acid in the late 90s. More than 70 countries followed suit, but not the UK.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November”…
A chemical found in products as diverse as fireworks and food packaging, perchlorate can interfere with thyroid function as well as foetal brain development.
Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms.
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Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
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Incontinence is frighteningly common.
Patients must be able to make informed decisions about whether to pursue IVF – and when to stop.
Some patients might be offered IVF who don’t actually need it, and some might be offered repeated cycles of treatment, even when they aren’t likely to succeed.
Infertility is not just an issue for women.
Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth.
Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
Research reveals two strategies women can use to lower the risks of stillbirth: counting kicks, and sleeping on their left side.
Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
Having a baby could provide even more motivation.
It really should be consumed at least twice a week.
There’s a big difference between carbohydrates in wholegrains and lollies.
During pregnancy women get bombarded with food and nutrition information. Eat this, don’t eat that! It gets very confusing. Recent debates about the role of carbohydrates have cranked the confusion up…
In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much.
Should parents be worried that many teens are putting off traditional rites of passage like working, driving and dating?
The UK health guidelines on drinking during pregnancy have probably got it right – don't drink any alcohol at all.
Baby's brains have special activity to help them develop – now researchers have found where some of this happens.
The offspring of mice who don't get enough DHA during pregnancy are more likely to have pups that display schizophrenia-like symptoms.
A premature baby’s hand is held through an incubator.
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There are two common medications that prevent preterm birth – and poor black women often can't access either one.
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress?
Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
The much-hyped study didn’t actually test vitamin B3 supplementation in humans.
The new study on birth defects and vitamin B3 has important implications, but researchers didn't actually give any of this vitamin to humans.
A baby’s sex determines how they will respond to exposures during pregnancy.
If something goes wrong in pregnancy, a boy baby is more likely to be born malnourished or stillborn than a girl. This may have an evolutionary basis.