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Obesity in pregnancy puts child at diabetes risk: study

Women who are obese while pregnant may put their offspring at risk of childhood diabetes, a condition that requires lifelong insulin therapy, Swedish researchers said Tuesday.


Low-cost gene testing for breast cancer enters market

California-based startup Color Genomics announced on Tuesday genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancers for a fraction of the current cost.


Far from catwalk, Brazilian favela dreams of fashion

As the setting sun casts an orange glow over the Sao Paulo slum of Paraisopolis, a dozen aspiring models sporting towering heels strut up and down an improvised catwalk.


How’s your marriage? Check your blood pressure to find out

A wife's stress could have important implications for her husband's blood pressure, according to a recent study conducted at the University of Michigan in the US.


Afghanistan's daring, taboo-smashing feminist TV drama

In a grimy Kabul street, the director gives the order to roll the cameras, and filming starts on a remarkable new TV drama that boldly challenges taboos about women in conservative Afghanistan.


Hope at last for Croatia war rape victims

More than two decades and therapy have done little to heal Ana Horvatinec's trauma of wartime rape by her neighbours in the Croatian town of Vukovar.


DNA blood test is accurate for detecting Down syndrome

A blood test for pregnant mothers that detects an unborn child's DNA is better than standard tests at detecting Down syndrome, and returns fewer false positives, US researchers said Wednesday.


Viral social media campaign promotes stretch mark acceptance

Stretch marks, so long the bane of the beauty industry, are finally getting some love thanks to a new online body image campaign going viral.


Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings later: study

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings, according to a study published Wednesday that tracked the development of 3,500 newborns over 30 years.


Healthy male partners could help obese women get pregnant: study

Obese women having trouble conceiving increase their odds if their male partners trim down to a healthy weight and maintain a good diet, according to a pilot study in Canada.