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July 6, 2015

India's Abortion Law Puts Women at Risk, Should Be Changed, Experts Say

June 26, 2015 — Proposed amendments to India's abortion law are 'contradictory' and need 'urgent redrafting' to prevent women from making ill informed decisions and risking their lives with ... read more

Autism: Value of an Integrated Approach to Diagnosis

June 19, 2015 — Researchers have combined three clinical, neurophysiological and genetic approaches in order to better understand the brain mechanisms that cause autism. When tested on two families, this strategy ... read more

New Genetic Immune Disorder Identified

June 17, 2015 — A new immune disorder has been identified -- DOCK2 deficiency -- named after the mutated gene responsible for the disease. An international team of collaborators studied five children, four boys and ... read more

No Benefit in IVF from Routinely Freezing All Embryos Before Transfer

June 17, 2015 — An IVF technique which freezes all embryos generated in an initial treatment cycle and transfers them in a later cycle as freeze-thawed embryos does not improve outcome as some studies have ... read more

Maternal Stress Alters Offspring Gut, Brain Through Vaginal Microbiome

June 16, 2015 — The neonate is exposed to the maternal vaginal microbiota during birth, providing the primary source for normal gut colonization, host immune maturation, and metabolism. These early interactions ... read more

Minor Obstetric and Gynecologic Procedure Linked to Increased Risk of Preterm Delivery

June 16, 2015 — Dilatation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common minor surgical procedures in obstetrics and gynecology, used mainly for miscarriage or terminations. Today, use of the 15-minute procedure ... read more

Study Points to Drug Target for Huntington’s Disease

June 15, 2015 — Scientists have established conclusively that an activating protein, called “Rhes,” plays a pivotal role in focusing the toxicity of Huntington’s ... read more

One in Five Young Venous Thromboembolism Patients Require Psychotropic Drugs Within Five Years

June 14, 2015 — One in five young people who experience a venous thromboembolism (VTE)1 will require psychotropic medication within five years, reveals new research. Young VTE patients were twice as likely to ... read more

Study Links Gene to Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

June 12, 2015 — Scientists have identified a gene mutation linked to the development of an aggressive form of brain cancer. Researchers found that errors in a gene known as TCF12 -- which plays a key role in the ... read more

Interactions Between Cortical, Subcortical Regions Important in Hypersensitivity in Autism

June 11, 2015 — A research team has identified an abnormally high synchrony between the sensory cortices involved in perception and subcortical regions relaying information from the sensory organs to the cortex. ... read more

Longitudinal Brain Changes During Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood Found in ASD

June 11, 2015 — The atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood, a new study ... read more

Women With Lupus and APS at Risk of Reduced Fertility and Pregnancy Complication

June 11, 2015 — New recommendations for women's health and pregnancy in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) were recently developed. These evidence-based ... read more

Fragile X Proteins Involved in Proper Neuron Development

June 10, 2015 — Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important ... read more

Obesity Linked to Adrenal Disorder in Teens May Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

June 10, 2015 — Adolescents and young adults with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) have significantly increased amounts of abdominal fat tissue, placing them at greater risk for harmful conditions linked to ... read more

Brain Lesions in Children Challenging to Diagnose

June 9, 2015 — Brain lesions in children can be especially challenging to diagnose, according to a report. Lesions include tumors, abnormal blood vessel formations and abscesses and inflammation due to ... read more

Birth Weight Affected by Warm Temperatures During Pregnancy

June 9, 2015 — Exposure to high air temperature during pregnancy increases the risk of lower birth weight and can cause preterm birth, new research shows. This study suggests that warming temperatures on the planet ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Researchers are visually capturing the first process of chromosome alignment and separation at the beginning of mouse development. The findings could lead to answers to questions concerning the ... read more

Study Examines Psychotropic Medication Use in Children, Teens With Down Syndrome

June 8, 2015 — A new study gives insight into the mental health of children and teens with Down syndrome and the behavioral medications that medical caregivers sometimes prescribe for ... read more

June 6, 2015 — Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for chromosomal fetal disorders is used increasingly to test for conditions such as Down's syndrome. NIPT examines DNA from the fetus in the mother's ... read more

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Effective, Safe, Preferred by Parents, and Applicable in a Range of Disorders

June 6, 2015 — Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down's syndrome is feasible, acceptable to parents, and could be introduced into the National Health Service (NHS), UK researchers ... read more

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