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Attitudes, theories about pregnancy research slowly changing

Pregnancy has long been under-researched, leaving gaps in scientists' and physicians' basic understanding of the placenta, mechanisms that control the timing of birth, preeclampsia and other conditions, and how medicines affect pregnant women and fetuses. The FDA cited a "critical public health need" to study pregnancy, the NIH is funding more pregnancy research, and attitudes about including pregnant women in research are changing, albeit slowly.

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