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Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For ...

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at ...

Same Pregnancy Meds Can Cost $200 -- or $11,000

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – The same medication to prevent preterm birth can cost $200 – or nearly $11,000, a new study finds. Harvard Medical School researchers found that use of a brand name and prepackaging was associated with a 5,000 percent increase in the cost of the synthetic hormone progestin. They said the average per-pregnancy cost of a compounded, made-to-order form of the medication ...

Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland who were born at full-term (37 to 42 weeks) and had their cardiorespiratory fitness assessed at ages 12, 15 and 22. Those born at 37 to 38 weeks had a 57 percent higher risk of poor ...

Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm Birth

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Researchers say they've pinpointed gene areas linked with preterm birth – and they said this could pave new ways to prevent the leading cause of death among children under age 5 worldwide. The team looked at DNA and other data from more than 50,000 women from the United States and northern European countries. The researchers identified six gene regions that influence ...

Does Race Matter in Care 'Preemie' Babies Receive?

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Race and ethnicity can make a difference in the quality of care a premature baby receives in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study finds. Top-quality hospitals in California tend to deliver better care to white babies compared with black or Hispanic newborns, researchers report. In addition, black and Hispanic infants are more likely than white newborns to ...

Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn't just good for the developing baby. A new analysis of 36 studies including a total of more than 12,500 women suggests these behaviors can also lower a mom-to-be's chances of having a Cesarean-section delivery or developing diabetes while pregnant. Overall, healthy habits reduced the risk of needing a C-section ...

Widening 'Race Gap' in U.S. Infant Deaths

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – The death rate for black infants in the United States has risen in recent years, while the rate for white infants continues to decline, a new study finds. "The sustained progress in reducing infant mortality among black infants since 2005 has stalled in the past few years. This has led to increases in the absolute inequality in infant mortality between black and white ...

Health Tip: Considering Bed Sharing With Your Baby?

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by

-- The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend bed sharing for babies, especially if: The baby is younger than 4 months, or was born at a low birth weight or prematurely. Any user of the bed is a smoker, even if there is no smoking in bed. Parents have taken any kind of drug that could interfere with the ability to awaken easily. A bed user is not the baby's parent. If the bed includes ...

Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much or Too Little Is Unhealthy

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can harm both baby and mom, researchers say. In a review of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, investigators found that 47 percent of women gained too much weight. And, 23 percent did not gain enough weight to meet recommended levels. "Healthy recommended pregnancy weight gain depends on a mother's starting weight, ...

Fewer SIDS Deaths in U.S., But Gaps Among Racial Groups Remain

Posted 15 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Fewer U.S. babies are dying from SIDS, but certain minorities remain at greater risk, a new study finds. Researchers who tracked cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) from 1995 through 2013 found that American Indian/Alaska Natives and blacks had double the rate in 2013 compared to whites. That was so despite a significant decline in SIDS rates among blacks during ...

Home Birth Safe for Some, But Not All, Women

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Some women really want to give birth at home, but for certain moms-to-be that choice can be risky, a new study suggests. There are women who have issues that can increase risks in pregnancy but are still likely to have good outcomes delivering at home or in a birth center. Those issues include being over 35, being overweight or having already had a vaginal birth after a ...

For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Underscoring the link between brain development and touch, new research suggests premature babies face a disadvantage compared to their full-term peers in their brain's sensitivity to gentle touch. Analyzing 125 preterm and full-term infants, scientists also found that preemies experienced lowered brain response to gentle touch in the aftermath of painful medical ...

Tests to Spot 'Preemie' Birth Risk Ineffective in First Pregnancies

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Two tests that screen for preterm birth risk rarely spot trouble in first-time pregnancies, a new study suggests. The tests' predictive powers were assessed for naturally occurring preterm deliveries only, and not for medical procedures such as cesarean surgery or induced labor. "These methods of assessing women in their first pregnancy do not identify most of those who ...

Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy: Study

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – Taking antiviral drugs to prevent or treat flu during pregnancy doesn't appear to put the health of the fetus at risk, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 6,000 pregnant women who were given a prescription for antiviral drugs to treat flu. The prescriptions were for either oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza). The study didn't ...

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