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@womensresearch team presents in Portugal for #IPV2015. Reports HPV vaccine safe & well tolerated in study of 353 women &girls living w/HIV. Advertisements

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Will vaccinating pregnant mums protect newborns from whooping cough? Research study to find answers.


Vancouver – January 23, 2014 Researchers hope that vaccinating pregnant mothers against whooping cough will transfer protective antibodies to babies before birth and then afterwards through breast milk. Babies in British Columbia are vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) as part … Continue reading

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The Cochrane Colloquium: 20 years of patient engagement


Nicole Prestley, Research Coordinator, WHRI On September 19, 2013, I had the honour of attending my first Cochrane Colloquium, which was held in Quebec City.  The Colloquium was sponsored by the Cochrane Collaboration, a global organization dedicated to the systematic … Continue reading

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The Truth about your “Achilles” High Heels


Nicole Prestley, Research Coordinator, WHRI As a member of a research institute, I have been trained to use evidence-based information to dictate (most of) my decisions.  Recently the Washington Post posted an infographic generated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic … Continue reading

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What is a sexual health educator?


Sexual Health Education is about a lot more than preventing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Everyone has the right to access sexual health education relevant to their needs, and that helps promote a happy, healthy and safe sexual life. … Continue reading

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Does an abnormal or positive prenatal screen result mean that my baby will have Down syndrome?


Does an abnormal or positive prenatal screen result mean that my baby will have Down syndrome? No! Prenatal screening, including a ‘triple screen’, ‘quad screen’ or ‘integrated screen’, are screening tests which are different than diagnostic tests.  A screening test … Continue reading

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‘Harmony Prenatal Test’, ‘MaterniT21 PLUS’, and the ‘Non-invasive verifi prenatal test’: What are these new prenatal tests and where can you get tested?


These three tests (‘Harmony Prenatal Test’, ‘MaterniT21 PLUS’, and ‘Non-invasive verifi prenatal test’) are examples of different brands of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT). NIPT uses new technology to detect fetal aneuploidy during pregnancy.  Genetic material (DNA) in human cells is … Continue reading

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