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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Inherited obesity ‘programmed’ in the womb

Obese parents are more likely to have obese children, not only as a result of genetics and lifestyle, but by ‘programming’ the baby’s development in the womb, according to new research. Professor Julie Owens commented that “Maternal obesity and weight gain during pregnancy add to child obesity by developmental ‘programming’ of body systems of the […]

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Couples should practice sex for three to six months before conception for a healthier baby

“We now know that an average of at least 3-6 months coitus with their partner is necessary to get their immune system to respond correctly to enable a healthy pregnancy,” Professor Sarah Robertson said. Read the full article

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Science Stories

Seminal fluid is important not just as a vehicle for sperm, but also as a trigger for immune reactivity in tissues exposed to it. It’s an idea the Robinson Institute’s Professor Sarah Robertson has explored comprehensively in animals over her career spanning more than 20 years in reproductive immunology. In 2012, Sarah and her colleagues […]

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Robotic Surgery Proving Successful

It might seem like something from a science fiction movie, but robotic surgery is proving to be a lifesaver for women undergoing gynecological procedures. While the operating theatre is the same as normal, the big difference is that the doctor controls a robot to perform the surgery. Associate Professor Martin Oehler from the Robinson Institute […]

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Safer transfusions hope for babies found by University of Adelaide researchers

Dr Michael Stark had identified a mechanism that could make lifesaving blood transfusions in preterm babies even safer. From January, Michael and colleagues will begin a two-year trial at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to ‘wash’ blood in a solution before being administered to preterm babies to reduce the risk of complications, including inflammation. Read […]

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South Australian-made IVF treatment option EmbryoGen earns its US approval

Authorities in the US have approved the use of a new treatment for women undergoing IVF, in a major boost for its South Australian developers. “It’s incredibly exciting to see the benefits of our work reach so many people.” Professor Sarah Robertson, co-developer of EmbryoGen. Read the full story

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Adelaide researchers link gene mutation to pre-eclampsia in overweight women

Professor Claire Roberts has found that pre-eclampsia is linked with a gene mutation. However, women can lower their risk by controlling pre-pregnancy weight. Read the full story

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Premature birth hampers teenage learning, University of Adelaide study finds

Dr Julia Pitcher found the brains of teenagers born before 37 weeks gestation had reduced “plasticity” – the ability for the brain to change and develop throughout life. The brain’s plasticity was vital for learning and memory and may lead to learning difficulties in the teenage years. Read the full story.

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Man ‘cooks’ his sperm with laptop

Cycling, wearing tight underwear and heat can all damage sperm making it more difficult to have a baby. Professor Robert Norman, Director of the Robinson Institute, discusses heat from a laptop and the damage it and the above factors can have on your sperm. Click here to read the full article.

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Ovarian Cancer Research

Dr Carmela Ricciardelli discusses her ovarian cancer research on a Channel 9 Feature story which aired on the 1st of November. Click here to watch the story.

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