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Fathers-to-be experience hormone changes

Wednesday Dec 17 2014

Fathers-to-be experience hormone changes

“Men suffer pregnancy symptoms too: Fluctuating hormones make fathers-to-be … more caring,” the Mail Online reports. A small US study found evidence of changes in hormonal levels that may make fathers-to-be more able…

Around 1 in 10 maternal deaths due to flu

Tuesday Dec 9 2014

Around 1 in 10 maternal deaths caused by flu

“Nearly one in ten pregnant deaths caused by flu,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A review into maternal deaths, which thankfully remain rare, found that conditions such as the flu and sepsis account for many of the deaths...

More breastfeeding 'would save NHS millions'

Friday Dec 5 2014

If more mums breastfed, it would save the NHS millions

"Increase in breastfeeding could save NHS £40m a year," The Independent reports after a recent economic modelling study projected a reduction in childhood diseases and breast cancer rates would lead to considerable savings for the health service…

NICE recommends home births for some mums

Wednesday Dec 3 2014

NICE recommend homes births for some mums

"Home birth 'could be best for many mothers','' BBC News reports. New guidelines from NICE recommend home births or births at midwife-led centres for women with a low risk of pregnancy complications…

Breastfeeding voucher scheme 'shows promise'

Friday Nov 21 2014

Vouchers for breastfeeding scheme 'shows promise'

"Initial results of a controversial scheme offering shopping vouchers to persuade mothers to breastfeed have shown promise," BBC News reports. The scheme, which has attracted controversy…

Is growth in ADHD 'caused by marketing'?

Thursday Nov 20 2014

Growth in ADHD 'caused by marketing, not medicine'

"The global surge in ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, according to experts," the Mail Online reports. But these experts are sociologists…

Are pollution and attention problems related?

Monday Nov 10 2014

This study did not prove that pregnant women's exposure to pollution affects their children

"Could ADHD be triggered by mothers being exposed to air pollution while pregnant?," asks the Mail Online. Pregnant women have enough to worry about, without going round in a gas mask or moving to the country. Fortunately...

Details of autism genes uncovered in global study

Thursday Oct 30 2014

Global study learns more about autism genes

"A massive international study has started to unpick the 'fine details' of why some people develop autism," BBC News reports. Analysis of the genes of people with autism suggests certain genetic variants disrupt signalling pathways inside the brain…

Agave syrup no better than placebo cough remedy

Tuesday Oct 28 2014

Placebo as 'effective as syrup' in treating coughs

"Placebo cough treatment benefits children and their parents, study suggests," The Daily Telegraph reports. A US study found that children’s reported cough symptoms improved even though they were just given a dummy treatment…

NICE wants tooth brushing to be taught in schools

Wednesday Oct 22 2014

NICE say schools should teach teeth brushing

"Children should get their teeth brushed at school, says NHS watchdog," The Daily Telegraph reports. The new guidelines have been welcomed by some, but others have accused the watchdog of acting like a "supernanny state"...

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