Hormone discovery opens path for new pre-eclampsia treatment

From A*STAR Research Highlights, January 29, 2018 (not bylined): A hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy may play a key role in the development of pre-eclampsia; a major worldwide cause of maternal and fetal death. A*STAR researchers first discovered the hormone, called ELABELA, or ELA, in 2013 and showed, in zebrafish, that it was Continue reading Hormone discovery opens path for new pre-eclampsia treatment

Premature birth: why do some babies come early?

From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 5 December 2013: Like most first-time mothers, Sheridan had certain expectations of how the birth of her first child might go. Those expectations did not include giving birth to her baby nearly six weeks before her due date. Nor did they include a panicked ambulance trip to the nearest major Continue reading Premature birth: why do some babies come early?

Men contribute more than sperm to pregnancy

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 28 November: Men may contribute far more to a successful pregnancy than just sperm, with evidence suggesting seminal fluid primes a woman’s immune system to be more receptive to the foetus. Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a mechanism that may explain why women who have Continue reading Men contribute more than sperm to pregnancy