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Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to asthma in children: study

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2012

Children whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other children to develop asthma, according to a Danish study.

The results don't prove that antibiotics caused the higher asthma risk, but they support a current theory that the body's own "friendly" bacteria have a role in whether a child develops asthma, and antibiotics can disrupt those beneficial bugs.

Baby illness can be scanned in mother's blood: study

Source | Reuters
Thursday | 09 Dec 2010

Parents may soon be able to find out if their unborn child is prone to any inherited diseases, researchers said on Thursday, after developing a non-invasive technique to draw the entire gene map of the human foetus.

By analysing a sample of the mother's blood, which contains DNA from the foetus, scientists in Hong Kong and the United States were able to identify all the DNA strands that belong to the child and piece them together.

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