Medical research

Scientists discover mechanism of thalidomide

In the 1950s, thalidomide (Contergan) was prescribed as a sedative drug to pregnant women, resulting in a great number of infants with serious malformations. Up to now, the reasons for these disastrous birth defects have ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

IVF ban lifted in Costa Rica—a success for reproductive rights?

The lack of access to reproductive rights in Latin America can have unanticipated consequences. The Zika virus outbreak, for example, highlights the need for reproductive rights. So does the alarming number of triplets, quadruplets, ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Fewer multiple births could reduce autism risk in ART children

In a paper published online today, scientists report that the incidence of diagnosed autism was twice as high for assisted reproductive technology (ART) as non-ART births among the nearly 6 million children in their study, ...

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