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45 years of work finally pays off for Uni of Adelaide geneticists Half of those with an intellectual disability do not have a formal diagnosis. However, thanks to new DNA sequencing technology, dozens of Australians with intellectual disability now have a name for their condition. Learn more

Dr Raman Shama

Researchers isolate the culprit in preterm birth Professor Sarah Robertson and colleagues have identified a key sensing molecule that controls the timing of birth. This discovery is expected to generate new therapies to prevent preterm labour. Learn more

Prof Sarah Robertson

Research breakthrough to treat girl-only epilepsy An international team of genetic experts have made a breakthrough discovery, which is expected to help thousands of young girls worldwide who are suffering from a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy. Learn more

Prof Jozef Gecz

IVF invention bringing new hope to families Women who have been struggling to start a family for years are finally getting pregnant thanks to a world first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. Learn more

A/Prof Louise Hull

Genetic causes of cerebral palsy trump birth causes Cerebral palsy has an even stronger genetic cause than previously thought, leading researchers to call for an end to unnecessary caesareans and arbitrary litigation against obstetric staff. Learn more

E/Prof Alastair MacLennan

Food for thought - diet linked to asthma severity in prenancy Asthmatic women who eat a high-fat, high-sugar diet are more likely to have uncontrolled asthma while pregnant. Learn more

Dr Jessica Grieger

First screening test for common pregnancy complications The world's first screening test to predict a woman's risk of developing one or more of the four common pregnancy complications has been developed. Learn more

Prof Claire Roberts

How your sex life may influence endometriosis For the first time, researchers have shown an association between contact with seminal fluid and the development of endometriosis. Learn more

A/Prof Louise Hull

Vitamin D link with depression in overweight women For the first time, researchers have discovered a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression and inflammation in overweight women. Learn more

Lisa Moran

Cost of lifestyle advice during pregnancy is worth it The additional cost of providing one-on-one lifestyle advice to overweight and obese women during pregnancy is offset by improved outcomes at birth. Learn more

Jodie Dodd

Warning on use of drug for children's sleep David Kennaway is warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems as serious side effects may result when the children are older. Learn more

David Kennaway

Cerebral Palsy - it can be in your genes It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or birth; however, new research demonstrates that at least 14% of cases are likely caused by genetic mutation. Learn more

Alastair Maclennan

Impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed Rebecca Robker has revealed how damage from obesity is passed on from a mother to her children, and how this damage can be reversed. Learn more

Rebecca Robker

Managing mum's blood pressure doesn't harm her unborn child Contrary to expectations, keeping blood pressure in the normal range with medication does not affect a baby's growth and developments in the womb. Learn more

Professor Bill Hague

Women's fertility linked to detox element in diet New research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role the natural antioxidant selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman's fertility. Learn more

Professor Ray Rodgers

Stopping the rise of childhood diabetes New nation-wide research is underway to better understand the causes of type 1 diabetes, why it's on the increase, and how children can be spared its potentially life-threatening complications. Learn more

Professor Jennifer Couper

Controversial medication has benefits for breastfeeding A medication used by breastfeeding women should not be restricted in Australia because of the benefits it offers mothers and their babies. Learn more

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak

Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain Just one session of aerobic exercise is enough to spark positive changes in the brain that could lead to improved memory and coordination of motor skills. Learn more

A/Prof Michael Ridding

Diet and exercise during pregnancy has hidden benefits It might not be obvious on the scales, but healthy eating and increased physical activity from walking during pregnancy is directly associated with a range of improved outcomes at birth. Learn more

Dr Rosalie Grivell

Halving the risk of preterm birth for twins An International research collaboration led by Professor Ben Mol has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies. Learn more

Professor Ben Mol

Smoking cessation vital to improved Aboriginal birth outcomesSmoking rates in Aboriginal people are three times those of the non-Aboriginal community. Proactive quit smoking campaigns must be stepped up and targeted for this population. Learn more

Dr Nicolette Hodyl

Research into building blocks of conception earns awardImportant discoveries in reproductive biology and understanding the underlying mechanisms that control ovarian function could help infertile couples conceive.
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Dr Rebecca Robker

Message to parents: babies don't 'start from scratch'There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health.
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Professor Sarah Robertson

Treatment does not prevent pre-eclampsia, pregnancy lossAn anti-blood clotting treatment that has been used for more than 20 years to prevent a range of serious pregnancy complications has been shown to be ineffective. 
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Professor Bill Hague

Preterm children's brains can catch up years laterBy the time preterm babies become teenagers, their brains can perform almost as well as those born at term - providing the degree of social disadvantage is not too great. 
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Dr Julia Pitcher & Dr Luke Schneider

Midwives can deliver improved health literacy to patientsNew media technologies such as smart phone apps may be an effective means of improving health outcomes for new mothers and their babies. Learn more

Dr Diane Rodger

Genetic pathway can slow spread of ovarian cancerResearch into the origins of ovarian cancer has led to the discovery of a genetic pathway that could slow the spread of cancer. Learn more

Dr Frank Grutzner

Why are girl babies winning in the battle for survival?Sexual inequality between boys and girls starts as early as in the mother's womb - but how and why this occurs could be a key to preventing higher rates of preterm birth, stillbirth and neonatal death among boys. Learn more

Prof Claire Roberts

Poor diet before pregnancy is linked with preterm birthWomen who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. Learn more

Dr Jessica Grieger

Scientists find new genes on male sex chromosomesScientists are a step closer to discovering what determines the sex of Australia's iconic platypus and echidna, after an international study unravelled new genes contained on mammalian Y chromosomes. Learn more

Dr Frank Grutzner

Proof that antidepressants and breastfeeding can mixWomen on antidepressant medication are more successful at breastfeeding their babies if they keep taking the medication, compared with women who quit antidepressants because of concerns about their babies' health. Learn more

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak

Critical role of one gene to our brain developmentA gene linked to intellectual disability is critical to the earliest stages of the development of human brains. Gene mutations to USP9X have been shown to cause disruptions to normal brain cell functioning. Learn more

Dr Lachlan Jolly

Pregnancy study leads to fewer high birth weight babiesThe world's biggest study offering healthy eating and exercise advice to pregnant women who are overweight or obese has shown a significant reduction in the number of babies born over 4kg in weight. Learn more

How accurate is child mental health screening at four years?Although mental health screening of children aged 4 can help to predict mental health problems in later years, only a quarter of children can be accurately identified with such screening. Learn more

Prof Sarah Robertson

Male-female communication at conception shapes the health of offspringThe quality of the father's seminal fluid influences the future health of their child - including the chances of developing obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Learn more

Prof Sarah Robertson

Higher risk of birth problems after assisted conceptionThe risk of serious complications such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal death is around twice as high for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies. Learn more

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