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Babies born during pandemic’s first year score slightly lower on a developmental screening test

Columbia researchers found that babies born during the pandemic’s first year scored lower on a developmental screening test of social and motor skills at 6 months, regardless of whether their


Single blood sample can detect women at risk of pre-eclampsia

A study of pregnant women’s blood RNA has found specific molecular profiles that identify women at risk of pre-eclampsia. These insights can identify complications before a woman experiences symptoms. The


Abnormal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy may increase the risk of preschool boys’ behavioural problems

Thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy may predict preschool boys’ emotional and behavioural problems, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Thyroid hormones are


Choline during pregnancy impacts children’s sustained attention

Seven-year-old children performed better on a challenging task requiring sustained attention if their mothers consumed twice the recommended amount of choline during their pregnancy, a new Cornell study has found.


‘Battle of the sexes’ begins in womb as father and mother’s genes tussle over nutrition

Cambridge scientists have identified a key signal that the fetus uses to control its supply of nutrients from the placenta, revealing a tug-of-war between genes inherited from the father and


Healthy diet in early pregnancy reduces risk of gestational diabetes

A healthy, comprehensive diet that lowers the body’s inflammation reduces the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, reveals a new study from the University of Turku in Finland. Obesity is a


Home phototherapy for neonatal jaundice

Promotional feature Central Medical Supplies Ltd (CMS) is the sole UK distributor for NeoMedLight’s innovative BiliCocoon® phototherapy system, which has recently been used in an evaluation of home phototherapy for


Q&A with Peter Walker, a leader in developmental baby massage

Peter Walker is the foremost international authority on developmental baby massage. A physical therapist, he specialises in massage and movement to enable a child’s motor milestones from birth to standing


24 January 2022, Racial Inequality in Maternal Healthcare; Webinar

Join us for a series of free online webinars brought to you by Bolt Burdon Kemp’s specialist Women’s Health Team to help raise awareness of racial inequality in maternal healthcare. Hear from


Decrease in number of people having cervical screening tests in 2020-21, new statistics show

Latest annual figures on cervical screening show the number of individuals being tested fell slightly in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. Cervical Screening Programme, England 2020-21, which is published