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Older parents more likely to have an autistic child: study

Children born to a parent over age 35 are at greater risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder -- but the risk is the same whether just one or both parents are older, according to a new study of Danish families. "Parental age doesn't appear to be synergistic. That is having an older mom and an older dad doesn't increase risk more than having one or the other," said Marissa King, a professor at the Yale School of Management, who was not involved in the study. More...


Moderate drinking in early pregnancy branded 'safe'

Drinking a low or moderate level of alcohol in early pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in five-year-olds, researchers say. The Danish research, published in the BJOG journal, suggested one to eight drinks a week was not linked to harm. In Denmark a standard drink has 12g of alcohol, compared with the UK's 7.9g. More...


Having kids after age 30 may lower risk of endometrial cancer

Women who have children in their 30s and 40s may have a decreased risk of endometrial cancer, which develops in the lining of the uterus, according to a new study. Women who give birth over age 40 were 44 percent less likely to have the cancer than women whose last birth occurred at or before age 25, the researchers found. More...


Chemotherapy During Pregnancy Doesn't Cause Complications, Study Says

There is growing evidence that pregnant women with cancer aren't putting their babies at risk by undergoing chemotherapy treatments. A new study that followed more than 400 pregnant women in Europe who were diagnosed with breast cancer, found little to no evidence of negative health effects on infants whose mothers underwent chemotherapy,good news for the one in a thousand women who are pregnant and also suffering from cancer. More...


A Pack of Walnuts a Day Keeps the Fertility Specialist Away?

Approximately 70 million couples experience subfertility or infertility worldwide, with 30 to 50 percent of these cases attributable to the male partner. Some studies have suggested that human semen quality has declined in industrialized nations, possibly due to pollution, poor lifestyle habits, and/or an increasingly Western-style diet. More...

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Seaweed toothpaste 'to stop tooth decay'

Adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay, a team of UK scientists have said. But the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing. Their lab tests suggest the microbe's enzyme cuts through plaque, stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dr Nick Jakubovics, of the university's school of dental sciences, said: "Plaque on your teeth is made up of bacteria which join together to colonise an area in a bid to push out any potential competitors. More...

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The wonderful day you have always dreamed of has arrived! Your beautiful, healthy baby has come home. Grandmother comes over for a first visit and feels compelled to tell you, in dreadful detail, about the horrible colic that the baby's father had as an infant. The terror on her face raises your already high anxiety. You recall seeing several articles in Working Mother magazine on colic and wish you had read up on the topic. More...

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Newborns and feeding

Feeding your baby can be very rewarding and a time to enjoy a real feeling of closeness. Babies get far more than just nutrition from a feed - they enjoy the cuddle, the comfort and the satisfaction of a full tummy. In addition, feeding your baby has an impact on his health, not just in infancy but in the long term, too. More...

Baby Not Burping

After breastfeeding you should try burp baby. If your baby doesn’t burp after 10 minutes then, he most likely doesn’t have a wind. Try burp baby after each time he has finished a breast. If your baby spits up a lot, then you should know that he needs to be burped more often. More...

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Should pregnant women eat for two?

Anyone who’s been pregnant will tell you how friends or family members regularly push food towards them, saying: “Go on! Help yourself! You’re eating for two now!” Women who have spent their life worrying about their weight often find themselves thrilled or relieved that at last there’s a good reason not to worry about what they eat. For once, they argue, it’s allowed… and surely it’s good for the baby if you eat plenty? Unfortunately when you begin to look at the evidence, this doesn’t appear to be the case. More...

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High cholesterol diet helps mice with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease

A diet high in cholesterol may help people with a fatal genetic disease which damages the brain, according to early studies in mice. Patients with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease struggle to produce a fatty sheath around their nerves, which is essential for function. A study, published in Nature Medicine, showed that a high-cholesterol diet could increase production. More...


Premature birth linked to worse mental health

Being born prematurely is linked to an increased risk of a range of mental health problems much later in life, according to researchers. Bipolar disorder, depression and psychosis were all more likely, the study in The Archives of General Psychiatry suggested. The overall risk remained very low, but was higher in premature babies. Experts cautioned there have since been significant advances in caring for premature babies. Full-term pregnancies last for around 40 weeks, but one in 13 babies are born prematurely, before 36 weeks. More...

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