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The Conversation: Five ways to help parents cope with the trauma of stillbirth

Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth. from www.shutterstock.com Authors: Vicki Flenady, The University of Queensland; Aleena Wojcieszek, The University of Queensland; David Ellwood, Griffith University; Fran Boyle, The University of Queensland; Jonathan Morris, University of Sydney, and Philippa Middleton, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute […]

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Public Forum: Making Babies in the 21st Century. Wednesday 18 October.

Making Babies in the 21st Century Registrations open     You’re invited to the 2017 Making babies in the 21st Century free public forum hosted by the Robinson Research Institute, held in the new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building! In its 5th year, this event will provide you with research findings from leading reproductive health […]

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The Conversation: Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Author: Claire Roberts Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast. While this is an interesting and well-done study, the researchers didn’t actually give vitamin B3 to any humans, so we need a lot […]

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The Conversation: What happens in the womb affects our health as adults, but girls and boys respond differently

A baby’s sex determines how they will respond to exposures during pregnancy. from shutterstock.com Authors: Tina Bianco-Miotto and Claire Roberts Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons. In this series on Gender Medicine, experts explore these differences and the importance of approaching treatment and diagnosis through a gender lens. […]

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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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The Conversation: Suppressing the immune system won’t improve your chances of conceiving with IVF

Author: Sarah Robertson   It’s common for three or more rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) treatment to be unsuccessful, that is, to not to result in a pregnancy. The frustration leads many women to seek explanations and investigate alternative options. These may include complementary medicine and other unproven and unsafe medications. One contentious option – sometimes […]

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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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The Conversation: Introduce eggs and peanuts early in infants’ diets to reduce the risk of allergies

Author: Merryn Netting, and Katie Allen In the 1970s, when we were in school, food allergies were rare. But Australian children now have the highest rate of food allergy in the world. Up to one in ten infants and two in ten school-aged children have a proven food allergy. In the 14 years to 2012, there […]

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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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