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Viagra trial in pregnant women may save underweight babies

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 11th, 2013.

Growth restriction in utero is a potentially serious pregnancy complication with no current treatment options. Around the world, researchers are working to find ways to help give pregnant women faced with dire prognoses about their baby’s growth and life expectancy a better chance at a positive outcome. New Zealand researchers are at the forefront of […]

Previous abortions linked to adverse birth outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 30th, 2012.

One of the largest studies to look at the effect of induced abortions on a subsequent first birth has found that women who have had three or more abortions have a higher risk of some adverse birth outcomes, such as delivering a baby prematurely and with a low birth weight. The research, which is published […]

Pain relief in labour – what works?

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2012.

A new study has drawn together findings from hundreds of clinical trials to identify the most effective and safest pain relief option available to women during labour.  It finds the strongest evidence for drugs, though some non-drug methods may work and improve women’s satisfaction with their pain relief. Other popular options are not backed by […]

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