Tagged: pregnancy

How a virtual placenta could help with early detection of at-risk babies - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 25, 2021

Alys Clark, University of Auckland and Jo James, University of Auckland   None of us would be here without our placenta, the remarkable fetal organ that nourished and sustained us before birth. But despite its importance, the placenta is among the least studied organs and we don’t fully understand how it grows and functions. This is problematic, because in one … Read More

Online Misinformation Fuels a Fight Over Folic Acid - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 06, 2021

Christina Szalinski When Martha Field became pregnant in 2005, a singular fear weighed on her mind. Not long before, as a Cornell University graduate student researching how genes and nutrients interact to cause disease, she had seen images of unborn mouse pups smaller than her pinkie nail, some with brains bulging outside their skulls or with deformed … Read More

Acupuncture during IVF doesn’t increase chances of having a baby - Guest Work

Guest Author May 16, 2018

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 … Read More

Better health and diet well before conception results in healthier pregnancies - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 24, 2018

Gita Mishra, The University of Queensland and Judith Stephenson, UCL This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Maternal and child health in Australia, like most countries, has traditionally focused on health during pregnancy and in the early years of life. But this approach may be missing a key opportunity … Read More

Epilepsy drug exposure in womb linked to significantly poorer school test results - News

Jean Balchin Mar 29, 2018

According to a study published recently in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, exposure to epilepsy drugs in the womb is linked to significantly poorer school test results among 7 year olds. Evidently, prospective mothers need to be fully informed of the risks of treatment. However these risks need to be weighed against the need for effective seizure control during … Read More

Mary Byrne’s criticism is misplaced and avoids the real issues - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 14, 2018

First, thanks to Mary Byrne and FFNZ for this response (see Anti-fluoride group coordinator responds to my article). Hopefully, this will help encourage some good faith scientific discussion of the issues involved in my original article (Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked). I am pleased to promote such scientific exchange. I will deal with the issues Mary … Read More

Anti-fluoride group coordinator responds to my article - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 13, 2018

My recent article Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked got some online feedback and criticism from anti-fluoride activists. Mary Byrne, National coordinator Fluoride Free New Zealand, wrote a response and requested it is published on SciBlogs “in the interests of putting the record straight and providing balance.” I welcome her response and have posted it here. Hopefully, this will … Read More

Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 06, 2018

Anti-fluoride campaigners are misrepresenting a recent Mexican study claiming its findings should cause governments around the world to abandon community water fluoridation (CWF). Their claims are unwarranted because the study has a high degree of uncertainty. Activists are misrepresenting the accuracy of the studies findings. Because Mexico has areas of endemic fluorosis the study itself is not relevant to CWF. Read More

Paul Connett “updates” NZ MPs about fluoride - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 22, 2018

 Data from Bashash et al., (2017). Despite a statistically significant relationship of child IQ with mothers prenatal urinary fluoride, this explains only about 3% of the huge scatter in the data. I haven’t followed the latest speaking tour of Paul Connett – organised by the local Fluoride Free NZ organisation. But I watched a TV interview with him this … Read More