Behind the Headlines

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IVF not proven to cut birth defect risk in babies with older mothers

Monday Oct 17 2016

"Women aged 40 or over are less likely to have babies with birth defects if they conceive by IVF," the Daily Mail reports, while The Daily Telegraph adds that, "Older mothers have healthier babies if they conceive using IVF"…

Fussy eating in children may be partially genetic

Friday Oct 14 2016

"Is your child a fussy eater? It could be down to genetics not parenting," the Daily Mirror reports. A study involving twins suggests food fussiness as well as food neophobia – unwillingness to try new foods – may partially be the result of genetics…

Does vitamin D in pregnancy prevent ADHD?

Monday Oct 10 2016

"Sunbathing mothers guard against hyperactive babies," The Daily Telegraph reports – a headline that achieves the dubious dual distinction of being both inaccurate and irresponsible…

Men conceived by IVF 'may inherit sperm problems'

Thursday Oct 6 2016

"Baby boys born through a common type of IVF treatment … may not be [able to] have children naturally," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new study has looked at a small sample of men born using the…

Warning over babies sleeping in car seats

Tuesday Oct 4 2016

"Long periods sleeping in car seats may be dangerous for young babies," the Daily Mail reports. The results of a small study suggest babies spending long periods of time in a car seat may lead to breathing difficulties…

NICE issues new guidelines on sexting in teens

Tuesday Sep 20 2016

"An NHS watchdog has issued advice about sexting to help professionals spot the difference between 'normal' sexual experimentation and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens," BBC News reports…

Could fertility breakthrough lead to babies with no mothers?

Thursday Sep 15 2016

"Fertility breakthrough means babies could be conceived from skin cells – so men can have babies with each other," is the excitable headline in the Daily Mirror. But the research in the news is at an early stage – and was in mice…

Coil 'more effective' than morning after pill

Monday Sep 12 2016

"Women should use the coil rather than the morning-after pill as emergency contraception, according to official new guidelines," the Mail Online reports. The guidelines, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…

C-section babies 'more likely' to grow up obese

Wednesday Sep 7 2016

"Babies born by caesarean more likely to be obese as adults, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A US study found that babies born via caesarean section had a 64% increased risk of becoming obese compared to their siblings born by vaginal delivery…

Vitamin D 'protects against severe asthma attacks'

Tuesday Sep 6 2016

"Vitamin D supplements could halve risk of serious asthma attacks," The Guardian reports. A review of previous data found that vitamin D supplements could have a protective effect against serious asthma attacks when taken alongside...

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