Cambridge researchers are pioneering a new test for autism in the womb, by measuring the levels of testosterone produced by the foetus, which makes its way into the amniotic fluid. They hope to test if children who later develop autism have unusually high levels of testosterone between 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
It is widely believed that women live long post-reproductive lives to help care for their grandchildren. Now research suggests that the pattern may differ depending on the relationship between grandmother and grandchild.
A study has shown that over the last 20 years there has been a sharp decline in infant deaths during delivery for pregnancies which went to term. The paper was published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) last week.