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Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 1 day 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen – best known under the brand name Tylenol – may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests. Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, researchers found that prenatal exposure to the over-the-counter medicine was associated with an increased risk for asthma in children. However, the study authors and a U.S. expert agreed that the effect seen in the study doesn't yet warrant any change in guidelines regarding pain relief during pregnancy. In the study, Norwegian researchers tracked data from a large database – the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The investigators focused on conditions during pregnancy for which some expectant mothers took acetaminophen, and compared that data against rates of asthma among 114,500 children as they reached the ages of 3 and ... Read more

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Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. And only one-quarter of those women quit before they become pregnant, the researchers said. "Smoking during pregnancy is double trouble," said lead researcher Sally Curtin, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "There is a mountain of research that it does affect the unborn child." Dr. Edward McCabe, senior vice president and chief medical officer at the March of Dimes, said, "We know that smoking is a problem for pregnancy, and we continue to see many women smoking." Smoking leads to premature birth and low birth weight infants, which increases the odds for mental and developmental problems that can affect someone for ... Read more

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Do More 'Selfies' Mean More Relationship Woes?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Posting too many "selfies" on social media might lead to serious problems with your romantic partner, according to a new study. Researchers conducted an online survey of 420 users of the social media site Instagram. The users were aged 18 to 62. The investigators found that those who believed they were good-looking were more likely to post selfies, which are photographic self-portraits. But the more selfies someone posted, the more likely the behavior was tied to jealousy and arguments in their romantic relationship, along with emotional or physical infidelity, breakups and divorces, the findings showed. "Although we cannot directly assume cause-and-effect due to the [study's design], the results here show that body-image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users' romantic relationships, especially when users' body-image satisfaction is promoted in the ... Read more

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CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

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FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised on Thursday. The CDC said the precaution is in place "until we know more" about the dangers of sexual transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, which is linked to thousands of cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brazil. "The potential hazard to the fetus is so substantial and so tragic that this looks like a very prudent recommendation until we learn more," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist from Vanderbilt University Medical School, told The New York Times. In the same advisory, the CDC added two new countries, Jamaica and Tonga, to its travel alert list of nations that pregnant ... Read more

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Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDC

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday. An estimated 3.3 million women ages 15 to 44 who are sexually active are drinking and not using birth control. And, three in four women who want to get pregnant don't stop drinking when they stop using birth control, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant," CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, said during a media briefing. "We think 2 to 5 percent of children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder," she said. "We believe that up to 5 percent of American schoolchildren may have a fetal alcohol spectrum ... Read more

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Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of having a baby with heart birth defects, a new British study suggests. This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for depression during pregnancy and the period after giving birth, and treating those who meet the criteria. Women may wonder how depression medication might affect their unborn child. Some previous research has suggested a link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs – the most widely used antidepressants in pregnancy) and heart birth defects. This class of medications includes Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline). But many of those studies did not take into account other risk factors that could cause such birth defects, according to the authors of the new review, researchers at University ... Read more

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CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday added two more destinations – the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic – to the list of places that pregnant women may want to avoid due to potential infection with the Zika virus. Since last May, 23 countries and territories in the Americas have reported cases of mosquito-borne Zika, which is linked to a brain disorder called microcephaly. Babies with the condition have abnormally small heads, resulting in developmental issues and, in some cases, death. Already, the CDC had advised pregnant women to avoid trips to Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The agency also recommended screening for women who have ... Read more

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Depression Screening Should Include All Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Panel

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends. Further, doctors need to follow through and get treatment for anyone who tests positive for depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in an update of its depression screening guidelines. This is the first time the panel has specifically advocated depression screening in pregnancy and shortly after giving birth. It cited a U.S. study that found that 9 percent of pregnant women and more than 10 percent of postpartum women exhibited signs of major depression. Depression can harm both the child and mother, interfering with their interactions and affecting social relationships and school performance, the panel noted. Risk factors during pregnancy and after delivery include ... Read more

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Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Lower Baby's Asthma Risk: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistically significant effect on the primary end point of persistent wheeze," concluded a team led by Dr. Hans Bisgaard of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. However, experts stressed that a longer, larger trial might be needed to see a benefit for babies when mothers take a vitamin D supplement in pregnancy. Both studies are published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. As stated in a journal news release, rates of childhood asthma and vitamin D deficiency are rising in Western nations. And there's been speculation that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect immune system development in the fetus, ... Read more

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Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHO

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has harmed thousands of babies born in Brazil, will likely spread to all but two countries in North, Central and South America, the World Health Organization warns. Transmission is probable because the Aedes mosquitoes, which spread the virus, populate the entire region except for Canada and continental Chile. Also, the "population of the Americas had not previously been exposed to Zika and therefore lacks immunity," according to a WHO statement released Sunday. Meanwhile, organizers of the Summer Olympics 2016 in Brazil said they'll be on high alert to prevent Zika transmission. According to the Associated Press, the committee plans daily inspections of the Olympic and Paralympic sites to seek out stagnant waters where Zika-spreading mosquitoes could breed. The games are scheduled for Aug. 5-21. "Rio 2016 will continue to ... Read more

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Zika Virus Likely to Spread to Southern United States, Experts Predict

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – As cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are spreading across central and South America and the Caribbean, experts say it's only a matter of time before the disease, which has been linked to an alarming increase in birth defects in Brazil, is transmitted within the United States. "It's not if, it's when," said Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services in Houston. Travelers to Zika-affected countries will bring the virus back to the United States, he said, "and sooner or later, the mosquitoes will pick up the virus." Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the unusual step of warning pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant to avoid travel in 14 countries and territories where Zika transmission is ongoing. The list, to date, includes Brazil, ... Read more

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Gene Mutations Linked to Rare Form of Female Infertility

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – For a small number of women with infertility, mutations in a particular gene may be to blame, a new study finds. The results, reported in the Jan. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, apply to a rare form of female infertility. But experts said the findings could potentially allow those women to avoid fertility treatment that will not work for them. Researchers in China found that mutations in a gene known as TUBB8 were the culprit in seven of 24 families where women could not get pregnant for a specific reason: Their eggs could not mature to the stage where they are ready to be fertilized by sperm. Exactly how many women have this condition isn't known, said Lei Wang, an associate professor at Fudan University, in Shanghai, who worked on the study. In China, he said, it's estimated to affect up to 0.1 percent of women who seek treatment for ... Read more

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During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier: Study

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – Women diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer during or just after pregnancy are at greater risk from the cancer than other women, a new study finds. Pregnancy hormones may fuel the most deadly type of skin cancer, the researchers said. "The rate of metastasis (cancer spread), recurrence and death in our findings were astounding – as the rates were measurably higher in women who were diagnosed with melanoma while pregnant, or within one year after delivery," lead investigator Dr. Brian Gastman, a plastic surgeon and director of melanoma surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a hospital news release. However, the study was only designed to find a link between melanoma outcomes and pregnancy; it cannot show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study looked at almost 500 women diagnosed with melanoma between 1988 and 2012. The women were aged 49 or younger. The ... Read more

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CDC Issues Zika-Virus Guidance for Docs With Pregnant Patients

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – U.S. health officials issued guidelines Tuesday to doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to countries – especially Brazil – where the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in babies. The officials recommend that doctors ask all their pregnant patients about recent travel and certain symptoms – such as a sudden fever or a rash. If Zika virus infection is possible, doctors should have their patients tested for Zika virus disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If testing shows signs of Zika virus infection, ultrasounds should be considered to monitor the fetus' development. And a referral to a maternal-fetal medicine or infectious-disease specialist with expertise in pregnancy management also is recommended, the agency said. Last Friday, the CDC issued a travel warning for 14 countries and territories ... Read more

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CDC May Advise Pregnant Women to Avoid Brazil

Posted 17 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 – A rash of birth defects in Brazil, likely linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, has the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poised to issue a travel warning for pregnant women. In Brazil last year, thousands of babies were born with microcephaly, a brain disorder experts associate with Zika exposure. Babies with the condition have abnormally small heads, resulting in developmental issues and in some cases death. A CDC travel advisory was expected Friday. But it wasn't known if it would include Latin American and Caribbean countries other than Brazil where mosquitoes can also transmit the virus. ""We now have an accumulating number of cases in babies from miscarriage or who were born with microcephaly with evidence of Zika," Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of vector-borne diseases at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious ... Read more

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