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The articles below have been written by RRI members and published on The Conversation.

The Conversation: Considering using IVF to have a baby? Here’s what you need to know

Hannah Brown, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and Louise Hull, University of Adelaide If it’s not you, perhaps it’s someone you know. You don’t look infertile, you don’t feel infertile, but after many months (or years) of trying to start a family, followed by several months of monitoring your cycle in a fertility […]

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The Conversation: Five ways to reduce the risk of stillbirth

Up to half of stillbirths happen unexpectedly and a clear cause is never identified. from shutterstock.com Vicki Flenady, The University of Queensland; Adrienne Gordon, University of Sydney; Caroline Homer, Burnet Institute; David Ellwood, Griffith University; Jonathan Morris, University of Sydney, and Philippa Middleton, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute Six Australian babies are stillborn […]

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The Conversation: Tick-tock – for healthy mums and kids, dad’s age counts

It’s not just women who need to consider their age when planning a family. rawpixel Author: Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide Women are regularly reminded of their ticking biological clock. It turns out men should also pay attention to age when it comes to having a family. A new study published today in the British Medical […]

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The Conversation: Acupuncture during IVF doesn’t increase chances of having a baby

Caroline Smith, Western Sydney University and Robert Norman, University of Adelaide Acupuncture has become a frequently used treatment prior to and during in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Women hope it will increase their chances of having a baby, but also provide support with reducing stress, and feeling relaxed and well while undergoing treatment. Several small clinical trials […]

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The Conversation: Domperidone can boost breast milk supply – here’s what you need to know

Authors: Luke Grzeskowiak, Lisa Amir, La Trobe University, and Wendy Ingman. Breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants’ growth and development. But some women don’t produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed their baby. We don’t have good data on the proportion of women with breast milk supply issues, but it is a commonly […]

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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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The Conversation: How childhood trauma changes our hormones, and thus our mental health, into adulthood

Authors: Sarah Baracz and Femke Buisman-Pijlman Early life trauma can affect our hormone systems for the rest of our lives. from www.shutterstock.com Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Cases of childhood maltreatment are more common than reported; conservative estimates show over 45,000 […]

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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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The Conversation: Human embryo CRISPR advances science but let’s focus on ethics, not world first

Just because we can edit genes in human embryos, should we? Author: Hannah Brown Following early reports last week that scientists had edited the DNA of human embryos, American researchers have now published their much anticipated paper in the journal Nature. The human embryos used in the research were created using eggs collected from healthy women […]

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