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Recurrent miscarriage linked to faulty sperm

Multiple miscarriages may be linked to the poor quality of a man’s sperm, suggests new research. The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London, investigated the sperm quality of

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Influences of maternal diabetes on feotal heart development

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. And even with remarkable advances in care, it remains the leading cause of non-infectious death in infants. CHD is the

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Dancing may help older women maintain the ability to perform daily tasks

A new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports examined the potential effects of 16 different exercise types and dancing for reducing disability for activities of daily

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Does a woman’s own birthweight affect her risk for pregnancy complications?

Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have

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Flu is serious for pregnant women and others at high risk

Pregnant women and the extremely obese are among those at high risk for complications from the flu – including death – and should be tested and begin antiviral treatment promptly

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Umbilical cord blood metal levels in newborns

New findings from a team of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine researchers reveal urban and rural differences in prenatal exposure to essential and toxic elements. The team’s

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NMC launches new support service in response to lessons learned review

A new public support service from the nursing and midwifery regulator has been launched offering dedicated, personalised support service to members of the public who raise concerns about nurses and

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Variation in treatment for vomiting during pregnancy costs the NHS an estimated £60 million

The economic cost to the NHS of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy is over £60 million, higher than previously thought, according to new estimates by the University of Warwick. The

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Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

The kicks a mother feels in the womb from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests

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Positive first year for collaborative maternity incentive scheme

A national scheme to help maternity services in England deliver better care to mothers and their babies has shown positive results in its first year. NHS Resolution’s maternity incentive scheme