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Pre-eclampsia linked to rise in heart disease risk

Pre-eclampsia may permanently alter women’s blood vessels, leaving them with an increased lifetime risk of heart disease, according to new research by Pennsylvania State University, US. The researchers compared women who had healthy pregnancies with those that experienced pre-eclampsia, which...

Study: HRT will not shorten lives

New research has found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will not shorten the lives of women taking it. Dr JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conducted a follow-up study to research published in the late 1990s. It found that women who...

Asthma linked to increase in need for fertility treatment

Women with asthma are more likely to have fertility treatment before giving birth than non-asthmatic women, according to new research. The study, conducted by the Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark, examined 744 pregnant asthmatic women who gave birth between 2007 and 2013. Of these, 12 per cent had...

Scientists develop new method for monitoring foetal heartbeat

An international team of researchers have developed a new technique to accurately isolate foetal heart sounds from background noise in acoustic recordings, which allows them to distinguish between different segments of the heartbeat. This technique could potentially lead to non-invasive and...

New treatment recommendations for pregnant women with HIV

A group of international experts have issued new recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV that could help them make more informed choices. Published in the BMJ, the recommendations are different from current guidelines. The authors say they are intended to support...

Folic acid ‘could reduce autism risk from pesticides’

Mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception could reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk, according to new research. Carried out by the University of California Davis (UC Davis), US, and other institutions, the research found that children whose mothers...

Coping skills ‘can affect women’s anxiety levels’

New research has found that having a strong sense of coherence and good coping skills can help women facing adversity to overcome anxiety. The study - carried out by the University of Cambridge, UK - found that women encountering difficult circumstances, such as living in a deprived community, who...

Existing drug ‘could curb infertility from cancer treatment’

An existing drug may soon be able to protect pre-menopausal women from infertility that is commonly caused by cancer treatments, according to research conducted by Cornell University, US. Women who are treated for cancer with radiation or certain chemotherapy drugs are commonly left infertile. The...

Pre-eclampsia linked to lower breast cancer risk

Researchers have found that women who have a history of pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure - can see up to a 90 per cent fall in the risk of breast cancer if they carry a specific common gene variant. The research was directed by lead author Dr Mark Powell...

South Korea fertility rate falls

South Korea’s fertility rate dropped to a seven-year low in 2016, according to Statistics Korea. Last year, women in the country had an average 1.17 babies in their lifetimes, a 5.4 per cent fall from the previous year. The fall is thought to be because women are delaying marriage and having...