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Increasing Fertility: Does Aspirin Boost Fertility?

November 16, 2015 9:00 am

According to a recent US study at The National Institute of Child Health and Development in Maryland, USA low dose aspirin could improve pregnancy rates in some women due to its anti-inflammatory effects.  There are both advocates and critics of this new information, as summarised below. The US Study On Aspirin and Fertility The original study, called the EAGeR (Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) was administered in 2014 to 1128 female participants who had previously suffered from a miscarriage.  As mentioned, it was conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, USA. Participants were given either aspirin or a placebo- neither the researchers nor the participants were aware of who was... View Article

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New Mathematical Model Shows When to Start Trying for a Family

October 30, 2015 11:49 am

  Researchers have created a computational model that determines when women should start trying to conceive for different family sizes. The paper, ‘Realizing a desired family size: when should couples start?’ concludes that the age “at which a couple should start trying to become pregnant strongly depends on the importance attached to achieving a desired family size and on whether or not IVF is an acceptable option”. The model suggests that if a woman wants a 90% likelihood of having one child without IVF, she should begin trying to conceive at 32 – later than a lot of suggestions in other contexts. However, if a woman wants a 90% chance of having three children without IVF, she would need to... View Article

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Living in a Good Neighbourhood is Even More Important than You Thought

July 22, 2015 3:25 pm

Parents often worry about finding a home in a good neighbourhood, near good schools, away from crime, where their children can play outside and stay safe. But the latest research shows that living in a good idea is important throughout your life to maintain healthy cells. A team from the Pittsburgh School of Health Sciences studied how neighbourhood quality affected the cells of long-term residents and found that people living in worse areas experienced accelerated cellular ageing, showing the socioeconomic conditions can affect aging processes beyond simple dietary trends. Telomeres are pieces of folded DNA found at the end of chromosomes. Every time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten very slightly, which is thought to be one of the main... View Article

The Role of Folic Acid in Pregnancy

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm

Folic acid (known as Vitamin B9 or folate) is a food supplement that is not synthesized in natural circumstances. Folic acid primarily aids the repair of DNA and the production of red blood cells. Folic Acid in Pregnancy Folic acid is used to prevent birth defects associated with the neural tube (The neural tube is what develops into the spinal cord). If the requirements of folic acid intake are not met, then a condition known as ‘spina bifida’ may occur. In spina bifida, part of the spinal cord is exposed in the back. The effects can range from learning difficulties to paralysis or lower limbs. Although it is an unfortunate condition, its prevention is not difficult to accomplish.  The use... View Article