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Exercise before menopause is important to optimise health in later years

The small blood vessels in muscles of women after menopause are less able to grow compared to young women, according to new research published recently in The Journal of Physiology. This means exercising before


13 January 2021, Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2021; London

From the website: The first of the 2021 series of 6 UK and Ireland live and online gatherings of midwifery professionals. The London Maternity & Midwifery Festival will take place


Suspension of fertility treatments during COVID-19 has mental health impacts

The suspension of fertility treatments due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of psychological impacts on women whose treatments were cancelled, but there are several protective factors that


New study reveals why flu can be devastating for pregnant women

New research helps explain why flu can lead to life-threatening complications during pregnancy, suggesting the virus does not stay in the lungs but spreads throughout the mother’s body. The pre-clinical


How working through the pandemic left midwifery student ‘ready for anything’

Second-year midwifery student Marie Layne reflects on her placement, which took place during the pandemic. Marie took a long time to decide whether to opt-in to her midwifery placement at the University


Pregnant women with covid-19 are less likely to have symptoms, may more likely need intensive care, and give birth early

Being older, overweight, and having other medical conditions increase their risk of having more serious disease Pregnant women seen in hospitals with covid-19 are less likely to show symptoms, and


BMJ Best Practice made free to access for NHS staff

A clinical decision-making support tool from the BMJ is now free to use for all NHS staff. All staff in England can now access BMJ Best Practice, a point of


Exposure to cadmium in the womb linked to childhood asthma and allergies

Babies born with higher levels of cadmium in their umbilical cord blood may be more likely to develop childhood asthma and allergies, according to research presented at the European Respiratory


The “gold” in breast milk

Alarmins have a positive post-natal impact on the development of intestinal flora and the immune system Breast milk strengthens a child’s immune system, supporting the intestinal flora. These facts are


Estrogen may lessen severity of COVID-19 symptoms in women

Why are men at greater risk than women for more severe symptoms and worse outcomes from COVID-19 regardless of age? In an effort to understand why this occurs, scientists at