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There's A Bright Side To Your Morning Sickness

For years, scientists have speculated that morning sickness is connected to a lower risk of miscarriage, but the evidence was lacking. A new analysis involving nearly 800 pregnant women shows there may be some truth to this claim.

Robot Babies Do The Exact Opposite Of What They're Supposed To Do

A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention.

In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Oops.

The List Of Zika Birth Defects Is Even Longer Than We Thought

Since the Centres for Disease Control confirmed that the Zika virus could cause microcephaly in newborns, the list of the effects of the virus only continues to grow.

Doctors Find Zika Virus In A Stillborn Infant With Almost No Brain Tissue

Doctors have discovered Zika virus in a stillborn infant with a severely under-developed brain, according to a chilling report published today in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

US Companies Are Using Big Data To Discourage Employees From Having Costly Surgery

The Wall Street Journal has a chilling new report about the ways that companies like Walmart and J.P. Morgan Chase are using big data mining to track the health of their employees. And it’s no surprise that the methods are raising plenty of privacy concerns.

Why Expectant Mothers Shouldn't Panic About Taking Antidepressants

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that women who take antidepressants during the mid-to-late stages of their pregnancy experience an 87 per cent increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism. Here’s what the study actually found and why there’s no immediate cause for alarm.

Hard Labour: The Case For Testing Drugs On Pregnant Women

Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good?

When the heart stops beating, minutes matter. With every minute that passes before a rhythm is restored, a patient’s odds of survival plummet. Which is why Anne Lyerly was surprised when, one night 20 years ago, she got a phone call from a doctor who had paused in the middle of treating a patient in cardiac arrest. Lyerly was a newly minted obstetrician; the caller was an internal medicine resident who was desperately trying to resuscitate a dying patient. A pregnant dying patient. He had called because his supervisor wanted to know whether a critical cardiac drug would be safe for the woman’s foetus.

Menstruation: The Aftermath Of An All-Natural But Ruthless Embryo Screening

Video: Most animals don’t menstruate. If they don’t use their uterine lining, they simply reabsorb it. Only bats, monkeys, and apes take the drastic and seemingly-wasteful step of pitching out the entire thing. And humans toss it out more often than any other animal.

Want To Get Pregnant? Have Sex All Month Long, Not Just Near Ovulation

Heterosexual couples trying to start a family have tools to tell them when it’s time for baby-making sex: apps can track a woman’s cycle; over-the-counter tests can pinpoint ovulation. But it turns out the sex they’re having the rest of the month could be just as important for starting that bundle of joy.

A Man Who Makes Babies -- Lots -- But Lives Alone

People who want to start a family but have, for whatever reason, a problem with the sperm – half of the equation – have options. There are in-vitro methods that get sperm right next to or injected directly inside an egg. There are sperm banks. Some people have friends who are willing to be sperm donors. And the internet has created a murky world of “natural inseminators” — men who will start a pregnancy for strangers with sex, no strings attached.

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