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Predicting premature birth in twins

Statistics Globally, more than 15 million babies are born preterm each year and around 1 million of these die from associated complications. Many of those that live develop lifelong learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems. The risk of cerebral palsy (CP) for instance is 70 times greater in babies born 28 weeks gestation and some 90% of infants born

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#stopgrief #endstillbirths

The Lancet have recently launched their series on stillbirths. Stillbirth is one of the areas which Genesis Research Trust’s researchers look into. A few words of  explanation; a stillbirth is a baby born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy.There are approximately 3600 stillbirths every year in the UK which there are 11 every day. There are several causes ranging from placental

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National Early Miscarriage Centre

FUNDS raised by Fern Britton and the participants of last year’s #Challenge57 have been put towards a brand new miscarriage initiative across three universities including Imperial College. Miscarriage is the commonest, but least understood complication of pregnancy. It results in the loss of thousands of pregnancies every year and has a deep impact upon the families who are affected by

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Irregular cycle & incomplete investigation

Dear Lord Winston, Thank you for looking at my question. I am 29 and have been trying to conceive with my husband (31) for nearly 2 years. I have my next appointment with my consultant next week and I want to meet him knowing if there is anything I should be asking for, rather than just accepting what he tells

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Fertility and Turner’s syndrome

Dear Professor Winston, My query concerns ovary transplants. My daughter, aged 26, has Turner’s Syndrome. She has a uterus, was born with small ovaries and now takes HRT as she effectively has no eggs remaining, but has been told she could have IVF. I hear reports of ovary transplants in women who have had cancer treatment, resulting in recommencing periods

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How can I increase my chances of having a healthy baby?

Dear Professor Winston I am considering IVF treatment but I am greatly worried about possible abnormality of my baby as I am 39 and my husband is much older than me. Could you tell me what tests or things I should/ should not do to ensure the best chances of having a healthy baby. All advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Persistent thrush and fertility….finally pregnant!

Dear Lord Winston, I just wanted to say a very big genuine –from the bottom of my heart- thank you. I followed your advice and asked my GP to have a look at my immune system, which he did. One of the tests he did came back as positive. I won’t bore you with what happened after but long story

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