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Newborns' Immune Systems Ramp Up After Birth

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – A baby's immune system kicks into high gear immediately after birth, a new study finds. Changes in a newborn's immune system have been difficult to assess because doing so has relied on samples taken from the umbilical cord immediately after birth. In this study, researchers used a new immune cell analysis technique to follow 100 premature and full-term babies for their ...

Breastfeeding Bonus: Lower Stroke Risk for Mom Years Later

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – There are a host of health benefits that breastfeeding brings to a baby, but a new study suggests it may also lower a mom's stroke risk later in life. The research found that women who breastfeed have a 23 percent lower risk of stroke after menopause. The link was even stronger among black women, who had a 48 percent lower risk of postmenopausal stroke. The study also ...

Are High-Tech Baby Monitors Worth It? Or Even Safe?

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – That wearable oxygen monitor you bought for your baby could be feeding you bad information, researchers report. Tests of two infant oxygen monitors sold directly to consumers have raised serious concerns about the accuracy of these devices, which are meant to keep an eye on a baby's heart rate and oxygen levels. But one of the monitors, the Baby Vida, failed to detect ...

Good News, Bad News in U.S. Breastfeeding Report

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 – Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says. Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 6 in 10 ...

Working Out After Baby

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman's risk of being overweight in the future. The best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather than diet alone. That's because exercise boosts heart health and helps preserve muscle when you're limiting calorie intake. It also takes more calories to maintain muscle ...

Elective Labor Induction May Cut C-Section Risk

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Contrary to what doctors have thought, women who opt to have their labor induced in the 39th week of pregnancy do not face a heightened risk of cesarean section, a new clinical trial finds. In fact, the study showed, those women were less likely to need a C-section than women who let nature take its course. And there was no evidence labor induction carried any added ...

Could Early Birth Hinder Adult Success?

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Babies born prematurely or very small may not fare as well in life as those born full-term, a new research review suggests. Adults who were born tiny or early may be more likely to lag behind educationally and professionally. They're also more likely to use social services, according to the review of 23 prior studies from eight countries. Preterm birth occurs before the ...

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

Posted 24 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births. While many said they had less pain than feared, many went into labor with false ideas about what to expect: 74 ...

More Risk of Complications If Vaginal Birth Follows Prior C-Section: Study

Posted 7 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – The risk of complications during vaginal birth is higher for mothers and infants if the mother previously had a cesarean delivery, a new study reports. However, the researchers stressed that the overall risk of a complication for any one woman in this situation remains low. The new findings about attempted vaginal birth after cesarean are from an analysis of data from ...

Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – There's been a steep decline over the past two decades in births to American girls under the age of 15, a new report finds. Overall, "the number of U.S. births to females aged 10 to 14 was a record low in 2016, dropping to 2,253 from 8,519 in 2000," a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote. Said another way, that means that the birth rate ...

AHA: Infections Could Trigger Stroke in Pregnant Women During Delivery

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during peripartum, a term meaning shortly before or after ...

Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research Shows

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Heart diseases linked to genetic flaws cause far fewer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases than once thought, a new study finds. In a genetic investigation of 419 SIDS cases, Mayo Clinic researchers found that genetic mutations associated with heart disease accounted for about 5 percent. Previous studies have suggested that such mutations could cause up to 20 ...

There's a Health Dividend for Some Babies Who Look Like Dad

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Looking like a "chip off the old block" may help improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers, a new study suggests. Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with the babies, the researchers said. The study included 715 single mothers and their babies. Infants who looked like their father at birth were healthier when they were 1 year old. ...

Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust – research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids' immune systems. "Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in early childhood could damage their child's immune system, making them more susceptible to future infections," said study author Jason Glanz. He is a senior investigator at ...

Most Exercise, Hot Baths Should Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Finds

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – If you're pregnant and want to exercise in warm weather or take hot baths or short saunas, that's safe, according to new research. Australian researchers said that doing so – within limits – should not raise your body temperature to a point that would put your baby at risk. The findings come from an analysis of 12 studies that included 347 women at different stages of ...

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