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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Discovery of new cell challenges old assumptions about the ovary

Looking down a microscope at an adult ovary reveals a fascinating and very precisely-organised tissue. The structural integrity of the ovary is critical to ensure regular release of healthy eggs and production of hormones essential for women’s health. Understanding how the structures in the adult ovary come about is therefore critical for assisting women with […]

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Strengthening health services for Aboriginal women and children

Pregnancy and childbirth, like many other aspects of health, pose additional challenges for Aboriginal women. The South Australian Aboriginal Family Birthing Program offers care to Aboriginal women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. In 2012, Philippa Middleton and her colleagues at the Robinson Institute’s Indigenous Maternal Perinatal Health Group secured a grant from the […]

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Male obesity reduces fertility and compromises the health of future generations

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges faced by Australia and many other nations. The negative impact of high body mass can be seen in many physiological systems, including reproduction in women. At the Robinson Institute, Dr Michelle Lane’s Gamete and Embryo Biology Group is building clinical and scientifi c evidence showing that […]

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How genes and lifestyle factors interact to determine pregnancy health

Although lifestyle factors such as poor diet and smoking are known to impact negatively on pregnancy, health carers cannot yet identify which mothers and babies are most susceptible to their influence. Improved understanding of how life choices interact with maternal and paternal genes would allow targeted and cost-effective obstetric care to be provided to high-risk […]

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Stressed-out oocytes could explain reduced fertility in obesity

High rates of obesity in Australia and other societies are creating an increasing burden on the public health system. Fertility is just one area of health that is negatively impacted by obesity – with overweight women often experiencing delays in conception as well as problems in pregnancy, birth and health of their children. As head […]

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Pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are increasing the risk of complications

Dr Nicolette Hodyl’s research has shown for the first time that pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications for themselves and their unborn children. In the first study of its kind in the world, Nicolette and her team compared data from more than 170,000 Australian women […]

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