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Two Genes May Raise Odds for Fraternal Twin Pregnancies

Posted 4 hours 41 minutes ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Although it's long been known that fraternal twins run in families, researchers say they've just pinpointed two genes that seem to be associated with having such twins. Fraternal twins occur when two separate eggs are fertilized with two separate sperm, creating two genetically unique children in the same pregnancy. One gene variant – called FSHB – increased the odds of having twins by 18 percent, according to the study. FSHB is associated with higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which increases the likelihood that a woman's ovaries will release multiple eggs at the same time. And, multiple eggs boost the odds that more than one egg will get fertilized at the same time, the researchers explained. The second genetic variant – SMAD3 – upped the odds of fraternal twins by 9 percent, the study found. SMAD3 likely plays a role in how the ... Read more

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Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in U.S.

Posted 4 hours 43 minutes ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – The teen birth rate in the United States has reached an all-time low, driven by dramatic declines among black and Hispanic teens, according to a new government report. Overall, the birth rate for teens aged 15 to 19 declined 41 percent between 2006 and 2014 – dropping from 41.1 live births per 1,000 females down to 24.2, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The greatest declines occurred for Hispanic teens and black teens, where the rates fell by 51 percent and 44 percent, respectively, the CDC said. The birth rate for white teens declined by 35 percent. "That's really helped reduce the gap between minority teens and white teens in this country when it comes to teen birth rates," said report co-author Shanna Cox. She is associate director for science in the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. Any decline in teen birth rates is ... Read more

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Births of Triplets, Quadruplets on Decline in U.S.: Report

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Since 1998, births of three or more babies at once have fallen by more than 40 percent in the United States, new government statistics reveal. Moreover, declines of 50 percent or more were seen in certain states, and among women aged 25 and older, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The falloff appears to be connected to changes in infertility treatments, which result in multiple births far less often now compared with the 1980s and 1990s, experts said. "This is a very positive development because the risk for moms and babies will be lower," said Dr. Tomer Singer. He is director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "We'll have healthier babies born closer to term and fewer health complications related to prematurity – ... Read more

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Drug for Yeast Infections May Raise Miscarriage Risk, FDA Warns

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Doctors should use caution when prescribing the antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy because it may raise the risk of miscarriage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Fluconazole (brand name Diflucan) is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. "Patients who are pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant should talk to their health care professionals about alternative treatment options for yeast infections," the FDA advised Tuesday. The agency said it is evaluating the results of a recent Danish study that suggested a link between fluconazole and miscarriage, along with additional data and will release final conclusions and recommendations when the review is completed. Current labeling information suggests that a single 150 milligram (mg) dose of oral fluconazole to treat vaginal yeast infection is safe to take during pregnancy. However, the ... Read more

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Fewer Children May Explain Why More Women Now Outlive Men

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Smaller families may be one reason why women now outlive men, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 140,600 people in Utah and found that men who were born in the early to mid-1800s lived an average of two years longer than women born at the same time. This difference gradually reversed, and women born in the early 1900s lived an average of four years longer than men, the findings showed. At the same time, the number of children per woman fell from an average of over eight in the early 1800s to just over four in the early 1900s. In addition, the investigators found that women who had 15 children or more lived an average of six years less than those with only one child. There was no association between the number of children fathered by men and their life span, according to the study published recently in the journal Scientific Reports. The ... Read more

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Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – A woman's pelvic structure keeps adapting over her lifetime – first widening to accommodate childbirth, then later narrowing, a new study suggests. The researchers said their findings challenge the idea that a woman's pelvis is set in stone. Some scientists have proposed that the female pelvis was "programmed by evolution for childbirth," explained lead researcher Marcia Ponce de Leon. At the same time, it was thought that the male pelvis may change its developmental course starting around puberty, in response to rising testosterone levels. "Our study shows the contrary," said Ponce de Leon, a researcher at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland. The male pelvis, she explained, seems to take on a genetically determined path in its development. Meanwhile, the female pelvis adapts over a lifetime – possibly in response to estrogen. The researchers based their ... Read more

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Contraception Safety Program for Acne Drug Failing in Canada

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – A Canadian program to prevent pregnancy in women who are taking the acne drug isotretinoin is failing because many women do not follow the program's recommendations, a new study finds. Isotretinoin increases the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, the researchers explained. First marketed as Accutane, isotretinoin is now sold under various brand names and aimed at patients with severe acne. The Canadian program recommends informed written consent, two negative pregnancy tests before beginning treatment with isotretinoin, and the use of two reliable birth control methods while taking the drug. The United States has similar safeguards in place. In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a program requiring doctors to enroll patients who take isotretinoin in a national registry to guard against serious side effects that had been linked to the ... Read more

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Anatomy May Be Key to Female Orgasm

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Despite what's often portrayed in movies and on TV, most women can't orgasm with penetration alone during sexual intercourse. And simple anatomy is to blame, a new evidence review suggests. Each woman's ability to orgasm during sex depends almost wholly on physical development that occurred while she was still in the womb, according to the review authors. During gestation, the clitoris begins to drift up and away from the vaginal opening, the researchers said. But among women whose clitoris drifted too far up, it may be very difficult or even impossible to have an orgasm during sex, because traditional lovemaking doesn't provide enough friction to stimulate the clitoris, said Dr. Maureen Whelihan. She's an obstetrician and gynecologist in West Palm Beach, Fla., and an expert with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It's not her fault. ... Read more

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Health Tip: How You Change During Early Pregnancy

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Shortly after you become pregnant, you can plan for a host of significant physical and emotional changes. The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's what you can expect: Feeling tired. Having nausea (often called morning sickness) at any time of day. Feeling lightheaded. Having to urinate more often than usual. Having physical changes such as weight gain, heartburn, constipation and changes in your breasts and skin. Feeling emotional changes, such as difficulty concentrating and irritability. While you won't have a period, any bleeding should always be reported to your doctor without delay. Read more

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Have Scientists Found 'Virginity Genes'?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Parents, when you have "the talk" with your kids, keep these new study findings in mind: Genetic makeup may help determine when people lose their virginity. The study results matter because people who have sex and babies earlier appear to fare worse educationally and have poorer physical and mental health, said study co-author Ken Ong. "Genes influence the ages of first intercourse and first birth by acting on both personality and physical characteristics," said Ong. He is an epidemiologist with the University of Cambridge in England, who analyzed genetic data of hundreds of thousands of people. Researchers have previously linked the start of puberty to genetic factors, but Ong said it wasn't known how genes may affect the timing of first sex and when females first give birth. The new study finds a "moderate genetic component" for both, although not a direct ... Read more

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U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – Following U.S. health officials' announcement earlier this week that the Zika virus can definitely cause birth defects, many of those same experts are now locked in an unprecedented debate. Should government health-care officials recommend that American women delay getting pregnant in regions of the country once the mosquito-borne virus becomes active there? So far, the virus has been limited to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. But as mosquito season approaches, health experts have said they expect to see infections in Gulf Coast states such as Florida and Texas, as well as Hawaii. According to The New York Times, some infectious-disease experts believe that avoiding pregnancy during the coming mosquito season is the only way to prevent the birth defect microcephaly, which can lead to abnormally small heads and brains. Most cases of the ... Read more

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Zika Virus Causes Brain Defects in Babies: CDC

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Zika virus is a definite and direct cause of microcephaly and other brain-related birth defects, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. "It is now clear," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a midday media briefing. "The CDC has concluded that Zika does cause microcephaly." "There is still a lot that we don't know, but there is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly," Frieden added. What's more, it appears that the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a particularly severe form of microcephaly that does terrible damage to infants' brains, said Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, director of the CDC's Division of Public Health Information and Dissemination. The CDC made its announcement following what it described as a painstaking evidence review led by Rasmussen that was published on an expedited basis on ... Read more

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Study Sees No Link Between Common Epilepsy Drug, Certain Birth Defects

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Despite initial concern from early studies, taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) during pregnancy may not raise the risk for certain birth defects, a large new study finds. "An initial study of this drug showed an increased risk for cleft lip or cleft palate, but a number of other studies since have not, and our previous study showed an increased risk of clubfoot," said study author Helen Dolk, of Ulster University, in Northern Ireland. However, the new study, which had "a much larger population size – more than double the size of our previous study" – has found no significant links, Dolk said in a news release from the journal Neurology. The research, funded by the drug's maker, Glaxo Smith Kline, was published April 6 in the journal. In addition to being prescribed to control epileptic seizures, lamotrigine is used to prevent mood swings in ... Read more

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Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – A child's dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. "The mother's dental health affects her overall health and her baby's health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births," William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. "Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial," Wathen added. "Cavities are 'contagious,' because germs in the mother's mouth and family's mouth will be in a baby's mouth. Since babies aren't born with their own oral flora, they adapt it soon after they're born from their family." Here he offers a timeline of when and how to keep youngsters' teeth and gums ... Read more

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Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – When a pregnant woman smokes, the fetus' DNA is altered in ways also seen in adult smokers, researchers say. The researchers were also able to pinpoint new development-related genes that were affected by a mother-to-be's smoking. The findings may help improve understanding about the connection between smoking during pregnancy and children's health problems, the study authors said. For the study, researchers collected blood samples from newborns, mainly from the umbilical cord. Compared to babies of nonsmokers, those born to regular smokers had over 6,000 spots where DNA was chemically modified. About half of those locations could be linked to specific genes, including those involved in lung and nervous system development, birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, and smoking-related cancers. The investigators also found that many of these DNA changes were ... Read more

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