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Study sheds more light on use of oxytocin during labour

A study published by The BMJ recently sheds more light on the use of oxytocin (a hormone that stimulates contractions) during induced labour. The findings show that stopping oxytocin in

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Fetal exposure to antibiotics in mid to late pregnancy linked to heightened childhood asthma risk

Fetal exposure to antibiotics in mid to late pregnancy may be linked to a heightened risk of childhood asthma, suggests research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The

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No links between opioids or certain antibiotics in pregnancy and major birth defects

Two studies published by The BMJ recently find no links between prescription opioids or macrolide antibiotics taken during pregnancy and risk of major birth defects. Both opioids (painkillers) and macrolides (antibiotics)

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Early birth linked to greater risk of hospital visits during childhood

Being born early (before 37 weeks’ gestation) is associated with a higher risk of hospital admission throughout childhood than being born at full term (40 weeks’ gestation), finds a study

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Thousands of women likely missing out on key postnatal check-ups in the UK every year

Every year more than 350,000 women in the UK may be missing out on key formal health and wellbeing check-ups following the birth of a child, reveals the largest study

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Taking the Pill may cut risk of severe asthma bouts in women of reproductive age

Taking the Pill may cut the risk of severe bouts of asthma in women of reproductive age with the respiratory condition, finds a large long term study published online in

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Use of some contraceptives may temporarily delay a woman’s fertility from resuming

Women may have to wait eight months for fertility to return after ending their use of injectable contraceptives, study suggests. Women who stop using some forms of contraception may have

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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

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No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers

Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should consider avoiding caffeine, researchers say Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be advised to avoid caffeine because

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Small risk of muscle and bone malformations in newborns for mothers who have taken common thrush treatment

Pregnant women who take the thrush treatment fluconazole orally appear to have a  higher risk of giving birth to a baby with muscle and bone malformations, suggests research published by The