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Non-invasive prenatal examination may detect early-stage cancer

Non-invasive prenatal examination may detect early-stage cancer

An adapted version of a test non-invasive prenatal care is able to detect some early-stage cancers in pregnant women. This was pointed out in a study published in the American Medical Association's journal of oncology.

The study counted on the participation of 4,000 pregnant women. Through blood examination three genomic mutations were observed in three women that led to the suspicion of maternal or fetal cancer. All three patients were referred for further examination. In one, ovarian cancer was detected, the other follicular lymphoma, and in the third, a Hodgkin's lymphoma was diagnosed. Because these types of cancers have been detected in their early stages, before the onset of symptoms, the treatment is much better.

Noninvasive prenatal tests are currently used to detect risks for genetic conditions in the fetus such as Down Syndrome , Edwards Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, and neural tube defects. They are often indicated when the mother is more likely to have a child with these conditions, such as in the case of pregnant women over the age of 35.

With this study, researchers argue that non-invasive prenatal tests are performed by all women and not only those most at risk of having a child with a certain genetic condition.


Breastfeeding without a scheduled time may favor cognitive performance of the baby

Breastfeeding without a scheduled time may favor cognitive performance of the baby

Th European Journal of Public Health , suggests that breastfeeding as the baby feels need may favor the cognitive performance of infants. Researchers from the Institute of Social and Economic Research University of Essex and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, accessed data from 10,419 children born between 1990 and 1999> .

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Mood swings in adolescence are not just the fault of the hormones

Mood swings in adolescence are not just the fault of the hormones

For us adults, adolescence is seen as the best phase of life. Years of fun, discoveries, irreverence. Evaluated as a past event looks exactly like this. Few remember the other side of being a teenager, the eagerness to be an adult and independent struggling with the fear of growing up and losing the benefits of childhood.

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