Aug 28, 2013

6% would abort if new blood test finds flaw: study

An Okayama University team’s poll of 557 pregnant women has found that 5.7 percent would have an abortion if an initial blood test indicated the likelihood of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. The survey was the first large-scale study on pregnant women in Japan after a ...

Jun 22, 2013

Prenatal tests using amniocentesis rising

The number of prenatal tests for diagnosing chromosomal abnormalities using amniocentesis in Japan reached around 20,000 in 2012, up 4,000 from the previous year and double the figure 10 years earlier, reflecting an increase in late childbearing, a survey showed Friday. The number of ...

Apr 3, 2013

New prenatal diagnoses under way

The Japanese Association of Medical Sciences has designated 15 institutions to conduct prenatal diagnoses to check for chromosome abnormalities in fetuses, including one that causes Down syndrome, the association said. Showa University, one of the 15, has already taken blood samples from five women, ...

Mar 19, 2013

New fetal test guideline

A new prenatal detection test that can predict whether a fetus has either Down's syndrome or Trisomy 18/13 raises ethical issues.