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Apr 2017

How to spot symptoms of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP)

ICP is an itching that can occur during the later stages of pregnancy and typical symptoms are intense itching with no other skin manifestations, often starting on the hands and soles of the feet. The condition is caused by high hormone levels during pregnancy, which interrupt the communication of the liver and the gall bladder,…

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Apr 2016

Scientists warn tests for diabetes in pregnancy are ‘too late’

Most screening for gestational diabetes takes place 28 weeks into the pregnancy, but a study of 4,069 women conducted by the University of Cambridge, showed that the foetus was already affected by that stage. There were no indications of large babies at 20 weeks. Gestational diabetes, if left untreated, increases the risk of stillbirth and…

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