If you are an older, highly educated woman with children, get this: You are trendy. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data, more and more highly educated women in the U.S. are having children and bigger families. That data show that childlessness among women in their 40s with an M.D. or Ph.D. has fallen significantly over the last two decades.
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Researchers are calling it a medical breakthrough: A 27-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby conceived from ovarian tissue that had been surgically removed and frozen when she was a child. This procedure could prove to be an important achievement in preserving fertility for young women or girls who need treatments for diseases such as cancer that may impair their fertility.
By now, most of us know that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm the developing fetus. But a new study finds that drinking alcohol as early as three to four weeks into pregnancy—which is before many women even realize they are pregnant—may alter gene functioning in the fetal brain and cause long-term changes in brain structure.