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Pregnancies can alter eating disorders

A pregnancy can entail either a risk or a hope for women with eating disorders. Many get rid of the disease for long time. For others, pregnancy is the beginning of their problems.

Mum’s pollen exposure links to baby’s asthma

Heavy pollen exposure in late pregnancy raises the risk of asthma early in life for the baby. If a mother smokes, however, pollen in the air during a baby’s first three months is less likely to trigger asthma.

Antidepressants don’t increase stillbirths

Pregnant women who take medications against depression are not raising the risk of a stillbirth or the death of their infant.

How stress affects conception

Stress can make it harder to conceive, but Christmas stress isn’t necessarily a crisis for would-be parents.

Mother’s antibiotics can give baby asthma

Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases the risk of the baby developing asthma. Disrupted bacterial composition appears to be the culprit.

Influenza may increase the risk of infantile autism

New study shows that influenza or prolonged periods of fever during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with infantile autism. Read why the researcher behind the study advises pregnant women NOT to worry.

New contraceptive pills double risk of blood clots

The so-called fourth-generation contraceptive pill doubles the risk of blood clots compared to second generation pills.

Women with breast infections stop breastfeeding

New mothers are more likely to stop breastfeeding in the first month after birth if they get an infection, says new study.

Abstinent mothers require better support

Drug-abusing mothers who become drug-free during their pregnancy have trouble understanding the needs of their babies. New research suggests they should receive greater follow-up after giving birth.

How to find good sperm

Scientists have developed a new method for checking sperm quality in boars. It might be possible to use the method to check men’s sperm quality.