Woman’s gradual weight gain can increase risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy
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  May 23, 2017  
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 Woman’s gradual weight gain can increase risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancyWoman’s gradual weight gain can increase risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy
 
University of Queensland research has shown that gradual weight gain during a woman's reproductive years can more than double her risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
 
 
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 Brisbane researchers synthetically re-create Zika virus to better understand birth defects
 
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