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U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

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How COVID-19 Affects Pregnancy
Amanda Heidt | Aug 16, 2022 | 10 min read
Evidence thus far shows that pregnant people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are at higher risk for severe disease and death, as well as complications in their pregnancies.
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Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Amanda Heidt | Oct 20, 2021 | 3 min read
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Lisa Winter | Aug 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
Amanda Heidt | Jul 21, 2021 | 9 min read
The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.
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Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | May 6, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers integrated information from 45 protein, metabolite, and immune data points to identify a window two to four weeks before a pregnant person will go into labor.
Doctors Investigate Several Stillbirths Among Moms with COVID-19
Anthony King | Apr 23, 2021 | 7 min read
After a handful of cases in Ireland, clinicians there are warning that the virus might infect the placenta in very rare instances and cause fetal distress, but a rise in stillbirths has not been seen in epidemiological studies.
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Q&A: New Trials Tackle COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy
Catherine Shaffer | Feb 25, 2021 | 5 min read
Geeta Swamy of Duke University School of Medicine speaks with The Scientist about starting what she considers a long-overdue clinical study of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women.
Two COVID-19 Clinical Trials Seek to Enroll Pregnant Women
Jef Akst | Jul 20, 2020 | 5 min read
Upon seeing pregnant women sick with COVID-19 at a University of Pennsylvania hospital, researchers there wrote trial protocols for blood transfusions to treat the disease that include expecting mothers.
Rising Temperatures Expected to Spur More Early Births
Ashley Yeager | Dec 2, 2019 | 2 min read
From 1969 to 1988, 25,000 infants were born early each year as a result of hot weather, and with global warming pushing temperatures higher, more babies will be at risk for early birth.
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Marijuana Unsafe During Pregnancy or Adolescence: Surgeon General
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 30, 2019 | 2 min read
The federal government cautions that the drug can affect brain development in both teens and fetuses.
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CDC Reports About 700 Pregnancy-Related Deaths Each Year in the US
Chia-Yi Hou | May 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Black women and Native American women die roughly three times more often than white women, and 60 percent of all maternal deaths may be preventable.
Changes in Height Linked to Increased C-section Rates
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 6, 2019 | 4 min read
Countries with populations whose average adult height grew late last century are more likely to have high rates of babies delivered surgically.
Infographic: How Exposure to Cannabis in Utero Affects Development
Andrew Scheyer | Jan 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Rodent and human studies have revealed a multitude of effects starting during gestation and lasting into adulthood.
An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017 | 4 min read
A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.
Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials
Aggie Mika | Aug 14, 2017 | 6 min read
Some vaccine developers are taking steps to include them, in line with bioethicists' urging, but it will likely take years before any expectant mothers are enrolled.
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