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Thyroid hormone and ADHD

Low maternal levels of thyroid hormone during pregnancy increase the risk of neurocognitive problems – including language and cognitive delays, poor psychomotor skills and autistic traits – in children.

Women with RA at risk of premature birth

Babies of women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are about 50% more likely to be born prematurely, according to a study from Copenhagen University Hospital that reviewed all births in Denmark between 1977 and 2008.

Hypothyroxinemia in pregnancy linked to autism

A recent paper in The Lancet (volume 382:331-7) found that two-thirds of women in the UK were iodine deficient during pregnancy, placing them at risk of gestational hypothyroxinemia (abnormally low concentrations of thyroxine in the blood).

Pregnancy in diabetics

Diabetic women require close monitoring during pregnancy. Suneeta Kochhar provides an overview of risks and management.

Managing diabetes in Ramadan

Dr Suneeta Kochhar discusses considerations for Muslim patients with diabetes who wish to observe the fast during Ramadan

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