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Antidepressants during pregnancy and autism – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 21st, 2017.

A new study in the BMJ found a small increase in the rate of autism in children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy The UK SMC prepared a ‘before the headlines’ analysis of the paper, along with expert reaction. The analysis, and the researchers themselves, highlighted the small increase in absolute risk: 95% of the women […]

Sugar consumption and childhood allergies — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on July 6th, 2017.

Higher levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy might lead to an increased risk of allergic asthma and allergies in the child, new research from the UK suggests.   Published in the European Respiratory Journal, the researchers used data from a population-based birth cohort in the UK, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, and looked at […]

Study finds more adverse outcomes for midwife-led pregnancies – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 28th, 2016.

New research from the University of Otago has found an excess of adverse outcomes for midwife-led compared to medically-led deliveries. The five-year study, published in PLOS Medicine, found mothers with medical-led care had lower odds of some adverse outcomes for their children, including oxygen deprivation, neonatal encephalopathy and a low Apgar score. New Zealand College […]

Folate-autism link research questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2016.

Independent experts are unconvinced by unpublished research reporting a link between expecting mothers’ levels of folate – a vitamin pregnant women are encouraged to take – and autism in children. Pregnant women are encouraged to take the B vitamin folate, as deficiency is linked to the development of lethal or debilitating birth defects. However researchers […]

Evidence for Zika – microcephaly link – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on February 18th, 2016.

A new research article has provider further evidence for the link between the Zika virus and cases of microcephaly. The case study, published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases, analysed amniotic fluid samples from two pregnant women from the state of Paraíba in Brazil whose fetuses had been diagnosed with microcephaly – underdevelopment of the brain […]

Latest updates on Zika – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on February 5th, 2016.

As more Zika virus cases are reported in South America and the Pacific, media attention has turned to GM mosquitoes and the first  infection – a pregnant woman – reported in Europe. In Spain, health authorities have confirmed a pregnant woman recently returned from Columbia is infected with the virus. It is the first reported […]

Depression affects many New Zealand mums-to-be – research

John Kerr posted in on August 24th, 2015.

Almost one in eight pregnant women suffer from the symptoms of depression during their pregnancy, according to new research from the Growing Up in New Zealand study. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, also found that the risk of experiencing these symptoms is three times higher for women who were diagnosed with […]

Drinking in pregnancy research – In the news

John Kerr posted in on July 8th, 2015.

New research examining women’s alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy has garnered international media attention. The study, published in BMJ Open, pulled together data from several large scale surveys, covering over 17,000 pregnant women the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The authors found that rates of alcohol consumption varied between countries and even between […]

Drinking in pregnancy ‘common’ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 8th, 2015.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common, reveals a study of first time mothers in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. However much of this could be due mums-to-be being unaware early in their pregnancy, says a Kiwi researcher. The new research, published in BMJ Open, combined data from several recent studies to examine the use […]

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 […]

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