Cystic Fibrosis Pregnancy / Obstetrics

Screening for both genetic diseases and chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates

Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have their embryos screened for abnormal numbers of chromosomes at the same time, say Italian researchers. By doing this, only embryos that are free not only of the genetic […]

Abortion Pregnancy / Obstetrics

Baby simulator programs ‘increase teen pregnancy risk, not reduce it’

Baby simulator programs are designed to help prevent teenage pregnancy, but a new study published in The Lancet suggests they may have the opposite effect. Researchers found teenage girls who participated in a pregnancy prevention program were actually more likely to become pregnant or have an abortion. Researchers found teenage girls who participated in the […]

Abortion Pregnancy / Obstetrics

Study estimates number of births and terminations with Down syndrome in Massachusetts

A multi-institutional research team has estimated for the first time the number of children born with Down syndrome each year in Massachusetts over the past century, along with the numbers of pregnancies of a child with Down syndrome lost to either termination or miscarriage. Their report receiving advance online publication in the journal Genetics in […]