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Marrying your cousin increases birth defect risk, but only slightly

John Kerr posted in on July 4th, 2013.

New research published today in The Lancet confirms that the two main factors associated with an increased risk of babies being born with a birth defect are being born to an older mother or to parents who are blood relations. The study found that children born to parents who are first cousins are more than […]

Iodine for pregnant women – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 1st, 2010.

Thursday (1 July) sees the launch of a new iodine tablet targeted at pregnant and breastfeeding New Zealand women. The 150 mcg iodine supplement will be subsidised, and recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the New Zealand Ministry of Health for daily consumption by all women considering pregnancy, or who are […]

Insect repellent linked to birth defects – UK and Aus experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 2nd, 2009.

New research published in the BMJ’s  Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests the use of insect repellent during the first three months of pregnancy may be linked to an increase in the risk of a specific male birth defect, called hypospadias.  Hypospadias decribes a range of conditions where the urethra (the tube that carries urine from […]

Obesity during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2009.

A new study published in the February 11 issue of JAMA found that pregnant mothers who were overweight or obese had an  increased risk of having a baby with congenital abnormalities. In New Zealand, one in three adults is overweight and a further one in four is obese. Obesity is a major public health concern […]

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