We at ACSH are sure that you have heard us comment repeatedly that nothing surprises us anymore, because we ve already heard it all. Yet, we must once again eat crow, because we STILL can t get this right. Just when we think (or are maybe even sure) we ve seen it all, it turns out we haven t. Not even close this time.
It has long been known that there is a well-established connection between the age of mothers and complications both for the fetus and the mother. The question of paternal age is less clear. Assumptions that there is no change in sperm quality and birth outcomes have been challenged with mixed results. Some studies have shown little or no correlation between paternal age and birth defects, while others have concluded the opposite.
The frequencies of both induced and augmented labor have increased between 2002 and 2010. In both induced labor artificially stimulated labor and augmented labor increasing the strength, duration or frequency of contractions the woman is administered Pitocin
The link between autism and mercury has once again been debunked. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center conducted a large cohort study involving mothers and children in the Seychelles,