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How a fetus’s developing brain may be shaped by mom’s mental state

Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can mean a higher risk of offspring developing ADHD, depression or other conditions. Medical psychologist ...
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Pregnancy, motherhood may give a boost to women’s brains, making them ‘younger’

Tired toddler mums may finally be able to take some comfort in their exhaustion. It turns out they may have ...
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How a ‘dubious’ 50-year-old study fuels marijuana use by pregnant women—against the advice of health experts

Social media users extol — and health experts decry — a study from Jamaica suggesting cannabis use poses no harm ...
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Pregnant women, teenagers warned to stay away from marijuana by surgeon general

The federal government on [August 29] issued an advisory warning against marijuana use in teenagers and pregnant women, cautioning that ...
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Million dollar question: Is the microbiome the key to diagnosing, fighting chronic disease?

What if the solution to our health problems is already inside our bodies? The human body is replete with billions ...
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Podcast: ‘Artificial womb’ raises awkward ethical questions about abortion, child welfare and health freedom

Biotechnology is fundamentally changing food and medicine. Thanks to genetic engineering, for example, we have access vitamin-fortified GMO crops, plentiful ...
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Making the case for expanded prenatal genetic testing to identify disorders

Approximately three per cent of pregnancies will have an abnormality in the structure of the developing baby, which is detected ...
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How climate change could skew the gender ratio

Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, ...
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DNA test spurs arrest of nurse accused of impregnating vegetative patient

A 36-year-old nurse has been arrested on suspicion of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth ...
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Unhealthy sperm often overlooked as cause of lost pregnancies

Doctors often recommend women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss, usually defined as three or more losses, undergo testing to try ...
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Smoking pot while pregnant increases health risks, including depression and drug abuse, for offspring

Various large-scale longitudinal research projects in both North America and Europe, ranging from several hundred to thousands of subjects, on ...
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Transplanted uterus leads to successful birth of baby girl

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have ...
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Brains of fetuses could suffer from exposure to marijuana

Marijuana has been legalized in some capacity in 31 U.S. states, in large part due to a softening stance around ...
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Seeking a simple blood test to detect deadly preeclampsia disorder earlier in pregnancy

When Leigh Ann Torres was in her 29th week of pregnancy, she experienced a sudden, 14-pound weight gain along with terrible swelling ...
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Human eggs from blood cells? New technique could ‘transform reproduction’

Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a ...
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Pregnancy and depression: Do antidepressants increase risk of autism?

Among the many things a woman is supposed to avoid when pregnant are antidepressants, particularly a subtype of the drugs ...
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Pregnancy complications linked to higher risk of autism

High blood pressure or abnormal bleeding during pregnancy, as well as complications such as cesarean delivery or preterm birth, may ...
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‘Very reassuring’: Vaccinating pregnant women does not increase risk of autism in children

New research has shown that a common childhood vaccination given to pregnant women does not put their children at any increased ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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Male pregnancy may be closer than you think

As women begin to receive uterine transplants, the question is being asked of when they will be available for men ...
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Eve of Mars colonization: Moon as test base for pregnancy in fractional gravity

Before anyone attempts pregnancy on Mars, we need to be sure if that would work, but recently NASA announced plans ...