Pregnancy And Child

Pregnancy And Child

Pre-pregnancy obesity linked to childhood ADHD and autism

"Women who are overweight or obese before they get pregnant are more likely to have a child who is autistic or with behavioural problems, a new review found," reports the Mail Online.

The news comes from a review that pooled the findings of 32 studies looking for a possible link between whether a woman was overweight

Posted On November 27, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Older mothers may benefit from being induced on their due date

"Inducing birth one to two weeks earlier in first-time mothers over 35 could reduce stillbirths by two-thirds, large study finds," reports the Mail Online.

In the UK, the practice in most cases is to wait until week 42 of pregnancy to see if labour begins naturally before offering to induce

Posted On November 16, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Are grandparents bad for children`s health?

"Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren`s health, say researchers," BBC News reports.

The news was prompted by a review of previous research into whether grandparents providing informal childcare may have an impact on a range of health factors in children, including:

Posted On November 15, 2017
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Smacking children linked to psychological problems in adulthood

"Spanking naughty children increases their risk of depression and becoming hooked on illegal drugs, a new study confirms," the Mail Online reports.

The news comes from the results of a US study that included a sample of more than 8,000 Californian adults.

Researchers asked simple questions about people`s

Posted On November 13, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Group B streptococcus vaccine estimated to prevent 100,000 newborn deaths

"Streptococcus vaccine could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide," The Guardian reports.

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterium that around 1 in 5 women carry (usually harmlessly) in the vaginal tract. However, it can sometimes be transmitted to babies during childbirth and cause infection in

Posted On November 06, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Pregnant women `should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester`

"New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports.

This rather overdramatic headline stems from a new study that investigated the effects of mothers` sleep positions on baby behaviour in 29 women in the final weeks

Posted On October 13, 2017
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Hormonal fertility tests `waste of time and money`

"`Fertility MOTs` are a waste of money," reports The Daily Telegraph after researchers in the US found hormones tested in "ovarian reserve" fertility test kits bear no relation to how likely women were to get pregnant – at least, in the early months of trying to conceive.

These tests usually measure the levels o

Posted On October 12, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Youngest children in school year `more likely` to get ADHD diagnosis

"Youngest children in class more likely to be labelled hyperactive," The Times reports. A Finnish study raises the possibility that some children may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD, when in fact their behaviour was age-appropriate.


Posted On October 10, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Study links vegetarian diet in pregnancy to substance abuse in offspring

"Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol," reports the Mail Online. Researchers claim to have found a link between substance abuse at age 15, and diet of the child`s mother during pregnancy. But it is far from clear that avoiding meat in pregnancy "causes" substance abuse

Posted On October 04, 2017
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Has measles really been `eliminated` in the UK?

"Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time," reports The Telegraph.

This and other stories in the media are based on a new World Health Organization (WHO) report confirming the UK is now one of 33 countries in Europe to have "eliminated" measles.

"Elimination" is the official term used once a

Posted On September 28, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

Single-injection vaccine device still a long way off

"Scientists invent injection that could deliver every childhood vaccine in one go," reports The Independent. Various media sources have run stories on a new injection they claim could allow multiple childhood vaccines to be delivered in a single jab.

This follows the development in the US of a method of making

Posted On September 18, 2017
Pregnancy And Child

No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy

"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online.

This follows a review of international research looking at whether low-to-moderate alcohol consumption – no more than 1 to 2 units, once or twice a week – was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes. To

Posted On September 12, 2017