Obstetrics & gynaecology

Maternal insecticide use during pregnancy and neonatal jaundice

The data of 61,751 pregnant women, out of approximately 100,000 collected by the Japan Environment and Children's Study, showed the association between the maternal usage of insecticides and insect repellents during pregnancy ...

Health

Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, health

The microbes that inhabit our bodies are influenced by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin, and most of us are chronically exposed to natural and human-made environmental contaminants. In a new paper, ...

Health

Celiac disease linked to common chemical pollutants

Elevated blood levels of toxic chemicals found in pesticides, nonstick cookware, and fire retardants have been tied to an increased risk for celiac disease in young people, new research shows.

Autism spectrum disorders

Predicting autism risk may begin with a drop of blood

Within days of birth, a few drops of blood are collected from every newborn in California—and across the United States—which are then stored on filter paper and screened for dozens of genetic and congenital disorders, ...

Medications

What happens to medicines after their use-by dates

It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date?

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