This new fertility test can warn women if they’re running out of eggs

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These days, many women are hoping to have children later in life, but this brings with it the looming pressure of waning fertility once you hit 31. While some women have no trouble conceiving well into their late 30s and early 40s, others have to seek out alternatives such as IVF, and even then, they can experience varying levels of success. So researchers More...

November 30th, 2015
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November 30th, 2015

Here’s how the way you’re born could affect your brain development

Whether babies are born naturally or via caesarean section could have a lasting effect on how their brains develop, early findings from a study in the US have suggested. By analysing the growth of baby mice, scientists More...

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March 24th, 2014

Mother who was told to abort her child after being diagnosed with cancer gambles on life-saving operation and gives birth to a healthy daughter

After finding she was pregnant, Mullineux was diagnosed with cancer She was told that she had to abort the baby and have tumors removed She decided to wait and had surgery while her baby was still in the womb Her More...

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March 11th, 2014

This one’s going to be trouble! Unborn baby shocks expectant parents when scan shows it making rude one-finger gesture

Foetus snapped yawning, shadow boxing and giving X-factor-style salute Parents concerned their child will become a ‘hell raiser’ If you thought babies only turned terrible at two, think again. Anne-Marie More...

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December 19th, 2013

The computer programme that could PREDICT a difficult birth: Simulator gives a 3D view inside mother’s body to prepare midwives

The programme uses 3D graphics to simulate the sequence of movements as a baby descends through the pelvis during labour It takes important factors into account includingthe position of the baby and theshape of More...

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December 19th, 2013

America’s ‘virgin births’? One in 200 mothers ‘became pregnant without having sex’

The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28 The results of a long-term study of reproductive health, published in the British Medical Journal, have revealed that one in two hundred More...

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December 13th, 2013

Scientists discover secret to stress-free pregnancy

SCOTTISH researchers have discovered an enzyme that might help protect babies from the damaging effects of stress hormones in the womb. Previous work has shown ¬≠exposure to these hormones can increase the risk More...

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December 7th, 2013

Babies can ‘contract’ depression in the womb: Infants with depressed mothers have abnormal brain wiring

Children whose mothers were depressed during pregnancy have a lifelong increased risk of mental illnesses such as anxiety and mood disorders This is because they have reduced ‘structural connectivity’ More...

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December 7th, 2013

Sweden urges parents to stop sharing a bed with their babies, warning it increases the risk of ‘sudden infant death’

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare says babies under three months old should always sleep in their own bed to reduce cot death risk Previously the board only said babies should not share a room with More...

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December 3rd, 2013

‘I begged for a Caesarean – but the midwife refused and my baby girl died: As minister holds maternity summit, a mother’s angry open letter

Junior health minister Dr Dan Poulter has organised a seminar today to consider maternity policy in the NHS. As well as representatives from midwifery and obstetrics, patients have been invited. Here, one of those More...