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Low birth weight and future heart problems: early clues in the newborn period

A Monash University led study has revealed early clues to identifying which low-weight new born babies are at risk of developing future heart problems, opening the way to better monitoring and treatment.

Medicine & health

World’s Largest Study of How Exercise and Healthy Diet Interventions in Pregnancy Improve Health of Mothers and Babies

Globally – half of all women of childbearing age are overweight or obese and women generally are gaining excess weight in pregnancy. This excess weight gain is putting women at greater risk of complications.

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‘Natural’ contraceptive methods on the rise in Australia

Although most people in Australia use a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy, many use less effective contraceptive methods and few use long-acting reversible methods such as IUDs and implants.

Medicine & health
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World’s largest study of 1.3 million pregnant women reveals global obesity crisis

The world’s largest and most comprehensive international study of more than 1.3 million pregnant women, by researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia found that three out of every four pregnant women worldwide, and their

Medicine & health
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Pregnant rays and babies pay a price after ‘catch and release’ from fishing trawlers

Rays are among the species most vulnerable to overfishing and are often caught incidentally in commercial trawlers and released as unwanted bycatch. Science

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Unborn rays traumatised when their mothers are captured: world-first study finds

The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first of its kind in the world has found.

Science
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New medicine to prevent mothers dying in childbirth succeeds in first trial in humans

The Monash University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) today announced positive results from a first-in-human study of a new, inhaled form of a medicine that could significantly reduce maternal deaths around the world. The results open

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Creatine – a vital breakthrough for baby health

A baby’s growth during pregnancy may be dependent on its mother’s levels of a critical nutrient, creatine, according to research from a Monash University team and other Melbourne researchers.

Medicine & health