Category Archives: Women’s Health

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 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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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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Relative Risk in the context of Health Research


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about relative risk in the context of health research. Relative risk is used to describe the chance of an event occurring with respect to the chance of the event not occurring, or occurring in … Continue reading

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I’ve been referred for genetic counseling… What does that mean?


Most people who are referred for genetic counseling have never heard of it before, and can be quite intimidated by the sound of it – is someone going to try to change my genes?? Like gene therapy or something? Or … Continue reading

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Have you ever had a Urinary Tract Infection; and don’t know when it will end, how to stop it and if it will happen again?


Well you are not alone! According to the American National Kidney Foundation: 20% of all women will have one Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in their lifetime 30% of women who have had one UTI will have another UTI 80% of … Continue reading

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