By Sarah SlaterPrescribing aspirin in early pregnancy could be key in the battle against pre-eclampsia, a study shows.New research carried out at University College Dublin and published in the British Medical Journal shows that women in Ireland are open to taking a low daily dose (75mg) of aspirin from early pregnancy to reduce their chances of developing the condition.The current approach here of screening expectant mothers for pre-eclampsia after they show early signs of the condition may not offer the best outcome for mothers and babies.It is widely accepted that low doses of aspirin can significantly reduce the early onset of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, but few studies have assessed the acceptability of non-routine medications in pregnancy. The study findings offer an encouraging sign that women in Ireland at low risk of developing pre-eclampsia are willing to take preventive steps early in their pregnancies.Fionnuala McAuliffe, one of the study authors, from UCD School of … [Read more...] about Aspirin in early pregnancy may help fight pre-eclampsia
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SIMON Cowell revealed low blood pressure led to the horror fall which saw him rushed to hospital and ruled out of the X Factor live shows last year. The 58-year-old said he was lucky to survive after fainting and tumbling down stairs and will now change his lifestyle to protect his health. What is low blood pressure? The heart pumps a constant supply of blood around the body. Blood pressure is a measure of the force the blood flows through our veins. On the whole having low blood pressure - also known as hypotension - is a good thing and requires no treatment. However, in some cases it can cause recurring symptoms such as dizziness or occasional falls. This can mean there's not enough blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs. What are the symptoms of low blood pressure and what should you do if you notice them? Often there are warning signs of low blood pressure which can be picked up before a fainting episode. Sufferers tend to feel dizziness or lightheaded and may … [Read more...] about These are the symptoms of low blood pressure, plus the causes of hypotension and why it’s common in early pregnancy
By Olivia Kelleher A Cork company is due to receive €2m in EU funding to promote their pregnancy screening test for pre-eclampsia. Little Island based biotech company, Metabolomic Diagnostics, will use the award to commercialise its breakthrough product, PrePsia. PrePsia is a simple blood test taken in early pregnancy, which can identify whether a woman may develop Preterm Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is one of the biggest risks that women face during a pregnancy, claiming the lives of 75,000 mothers and 500,000 babies annually. The firm says that their screening has the potential to transform prenatal care by allowing clinicians to administer treatments early that can dramatically reduce the incidence of the disease. Charles Garvey, CEO of Metabolomic Diagnostics, said the award will be used to accelerate their go-to-market strategy. "We plan to market the product next year, and now with this support from the EU, we believe that PrePsia™ has the potential to become part of … [Read more...] about Cork company to recieve €2m in EU funding to promote pregnancy screening test
Earlier this week, the Referendum Commission, an impartial, independent body, published guidelines reminding voters that a 'Yes' vote gives the Oireachtas full authority "to pass laws regulating the termination of pregnancy". However, there is no guarantee that TDs and senators will reach agreement on the proposed legislation. In February, Health Minister Simon Harris indicated that the envisaged abortion-service would be GP-led. The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which represents more than 2,000 Irish GPs, immediately objected to that assumption. In a statement released by the association, Dr Emmet Kerin, President of the NAGP, said: "I was alarmed to hear the Minister's comments and presumption that the State would direct GPs to lead an abortion service without any engagement with our members to discuss the implications of this notion." The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released a statement this week saying they are ready to train Irish … [Read more...] about Abortion in Ireland: How would it work?
Kate Middleton is in hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, travelled by car to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital with Prince William earlier this morning. A tweet by Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. "The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge. Fans camped outside the Lindo Wing hoping she would have the baby on Saturday, the Queen's birthday. Parking restrictions were put in place at the hospital on Monday 9 April and they will expire on 30 April. Her final royal duty before going on maternity leave was a visit to the Olympic Park for a SportAid event on 22 March, followed by a Commonwealth Big Lunch and Commonwealth quiz. Join us for updates below. Key Events How news of … [Read more...] about Royal baby live: Kate Middleton taken to hospital in early stages of labour