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GP Forum – Bed, Birth and Beyond

Yesterday, the RRI co-hosted a GP training session in collaboration with Fertility SA at Adelaide Oval titled Bed, Birth and Beyond: Women’s health, conception, pregnancy and further. This high quality women’s health conference, was designed to assist health professionals in improving outcomes for their patients. The program was presented by clinicians, researchers and included a mother […]

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Media Release: Drug shows promise for preventing preterm birth

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have successfully tested a drug that is showing some early promise in efforts to prevent pre-term birth. The findings, published today (Monday 7 November) in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, are a step forward in understanding the inflammatory mechanisms that lead to pre-term birth and how they can be […]

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Public forum: Making babies in the 21st Century – Let’s talk about sex!

To make a baby you need to have sex. But it’s not straight forward. Research is now showing that the life you lead affects your ability to conceive and the life-long health of your baby. There are those wanting to have sex without risking pregnancy, and those who are struggling to enjoy sex. It is a […]

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Could assisted reproduction reduce birth defects for older women?

Babies born to women aged 40 and over from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects compared with those from women who conceive naturally at the same age, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. This is contrary to widespread belief that the greater risk of birth defects after assisted conception is due to […]

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Media Release: Steroid treatment for IVF problems may do more harm than good

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are urging doctors and patients to refrain from using a specific steroid treatment to treat infertility in women unless clinically indicated, because of its links to miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects. Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers from the University’s Robinson Research Institute, led by Professor Sarah […]

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The Conversation: Emerging infertility treatment could be a less invasive and cheaper alternative to IVF

  Authors: Jeremy Thompson, Robert Gilchrist and William Ledger In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has helped infertile couples start families for more than 35 years. But while the technology has evolved, it remains an expensive, invasive process that can have significant side-effects. Our team of Australian and Belgian medical scientists have developed an infertility treatment that could result in […]

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Media Release: Boy babies at greater risk of pregnancy complications

New research led by the University of Adelaide has confirmed that boy babies are much more likely to experience potentially life-threatening outcomes at birth than girls. The research, which investigated data of more than 574,000 South Australian births over a 30-year period (1981-2011), is the first population-based study of its kind in Australia to confirm […]

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Media Release: Marijuana use in pregnancy is major risk for preterm birth

International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The study evaluated data from more than 5500 pregnant women from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom who took part in the SCOPE (SCreening fOr Pregnancy Endpoints) […]

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Public forum: Making healthy babies – men’s health matters

It is well known that the mother’s health at conception and during pregnancy affects fertility and the health of the baby. New evidence shows that the father’s fitness and lifestyle are equally important. Events before we are born set up a life-time of good health or poor health, and are linked to whether or not […]

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The Conversation: Vaccines to expect when you’re expecting, and why

Authors: Helen Marshall, Kristine Macartney, and Annette Regan   Pregnancy can be a confusing time, raising a number of questions for women. Which prenatal vitamins do I take? Which foods do I need to avoid? Can I take something for a headache or have my morning coffee? Add to this vaccinations. While some should be avoided, that shouldn’t […]

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