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Is paracetamol use in pregnancy harmful for male babies?

Thursday May 21 2015

Paracetamol use in pregnancy 'harmful' for male babies

"Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus," The Guardian reports. Researchers found evidence that taking paracetamol for seven days may lower the amount of testosterone testicular tissue can produce…

Children of the 90s more likely to be overweight or obese

Wednesday May 20 2015

90s kids more likely to be overweight or obese

"Children of the 90s are three times as likely to be obese as their parents and grandparents," the Mail Online reports. A UK survey looking at data from 1946 to 2001…

Single mothers have 'worse health in later life'

Friday May 15 2015

Single mothers have 'worse health in later life'

"Single mothers more likely to suffer ill health, study finds," The Independent reports. A study involving over 25,000 women found evidence that single mothers were more likely to report ill health and be affected by disability…

Bullying may have worse long-term effects than child abuse

Wednesday Apr 29 2015

Bullying may have worse long-term effects than child abuse

"Bullied children are five times more at risk of anxiety than those maltreated," reports the Daily Mail. A study looking at both UK and US children found an association between childhood bullying and anxiety, depression and self-harm in adulthood…

No evidence organic milk in pregnancy lowers a baby's IQ

Tuesday Apr 28 2015

Could organic milk in pregnancy lower the baby's IQ?

"Pregnant women who switch to 'healthier' organic milk may be putting the brain development of their unborn babies at risk," The Guardian reports after researchers found…

Parents 'may pass anxiety on to their children'

Monday Apr 27 2015

Children may 'learn' anxious behaviour from their parents

The Mail Online has given stressed-out parents one more thing to worry about, saying: "Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children", adding that, "Attitudes of over-anxious parents can severely affect children's behaviour"…

Gene editing technique could prevent inherited diseases

Friday Apr 24 2015

Gene editing technique could prevent inherited diseases

"Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their children," The Guardian reports…

Mistreatment of extreme morning sickness 'leading to abortions'

Tuesday Apr 21 2015

Mistreatment of extreme morning sickness 'leading to abortions'

"Extreme morning sickness causes 1k abortions a year, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. The report states that poor treatment of some cases of extreme morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) is leading some women to terminate their pregnancy…

No such thing as baby brain, study argues

Wednesday Apr 8 2015

No such thing as baby brain, study argues

"'Baby brain' is a stereotype and all in the mind, the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by a US study that aimed to see if "baby brain" (aka "mumnesia") – alleged memory lapses and problems with concentration during pregnancy…

New Down’s syndrome test more accurate than current screening

Thursday Apr 2 2015

New Down’s syndrome test more accurate than current screening

"Blood test for Down's syndrome 'gives better results'," BBC News reports. The test, which is based on spotting fragments of "rogue DNA", achieved impressive results in a series of trials…

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