Fertility

Researchers discover potential PCOS cause

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, according to new research. The study, carried out by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), found that the syndrome may be caused by excess exposure in the womb to a hormone called anti...

Fast food consumption linked to fertility problems

Women who eat more junk food and not enough fruit are less likely to be able to conceive easily, a new study has found. Published in the journal Human Reproduction, the study found that women who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who...

Synthetic embryos may offer new hope for infertile women

A new medical breakthrough in the Netherlands has seen 'synthetic' embryos created using non-reproductive cells. The development, which may offer renewed hope for women suffering from fertility problems, was outlined in Nature Journal. Researchers at the Merlin Institute of Maastricht...

New baby syndrome screening test is non-invasive, safer and more accurate

A new method of Down’s syndrome screening will be available on the NHS from Monday (April 30th). The non-invasive blood test is said to be safer and more accurate than existing screenings for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes. It will be initially offered to pregnant women in...

Inducing labour at 39 weeks lowers likelihood of c-section and other risks

Inducing first-time mothers at 39 weeks lowers the risk of cesarean delivery and other serious complications, compared to those induced after 41 weeks, a new study claims. Using data collected by the National Institute of Health on 100,000 patients, researchers at the University of South Florida...

Zinc deficiency 'has detrimental impact on fertility'

A lack of zinc could be a common cause of infertility, according to new research from Pennsylvania State University in the US. In research to be presented to the American Physiological Society's annual meeting in San Diego, the researchers will outline their findings that a lack of zinc in the...

Prenatal cannabis usage more likely to result in low birth weight

Women who use cannabis during pregnancy increase the chance of their baby having a low birth weight by 50 per cent, new research suggests. Prenatal cannabis usage also set the stage for serious future health problems including infection and increased time spent in neonatal intensive care units,...

Pregnant mothers should avoid sugar and diet soda, study warns

Mothers-to-be who consume more fruits and avoid sugar during pregnancy stand to benefit their child’s cognitive functions, new research suggests. A study, based on dietary assessment data for more than 1,000 pregnant women from 1999 to 2002, found that poorer childhood cognition occurred,...

Population decline on the horizon in Europe as fertility rates stay below replenishment level

The highest fertility rates in the EU can be found in France and Sweden, but even in these countries they are somewhat short of the replenishment level. That means that without migration, modern society would go into decline in Europe, according to data set out by the bloc’s official...

Dedicated midwives will see women through pregnancy and birth

Pregnant women are to be given a dedicated midwife that will see them right through to the birth of their child, Jeremy Hunt has announced. The health and social care secretary has pledged that every expectant mother will have a specific midwife assigned to them by 2021. At present, it is just...