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The number of pregnant women in Victoria undergoing amniocentesis or chorion villous sampling, which are invasive prenatal diagnostic tests for chromosome conditions, has fallen to historic lows in recent years, a study by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found. This study analysed state-wide data from 1976 to 2013 and showed that in 2013 the numbers of these invasive tests had dropped to their lowest in 25 years, while the number of Down syndrome diagnoses was the highest ever recorded. This translated to a reduction in the number of invasive tests performed for each diagnosis of a major chromosome abnormality from 100 to six over the 38 year study period. Only 3.4% of pregnant women now have an invasive prenatal test, in contrast to 8.9% at the peak of testing in the late 1990s. The massive reduction in these invasive procedures in 2013 has coincided with the introduction of the...
Almost nine in 10 women with perinatal depressive symptoms have had similar mental health problems well before becoming pregnant. This new research from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute challenges an old idea that perinatal mental health problems are different to those at other times in life.
The Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, has officially opened the Children’s Bioresource Centre (CBC) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The Children’s Bioresource Centre is a world-class facility that will support large scale community and population health research focussed on the causes and cures of common childhood illnesses.