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Could Early Birth Hinder Adult Success?

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – After hours of grueling labor, mothers-to-be are often thirsty and hungry. But hospital nurses usually restrict them to ice chips. For about 1,200 women in a new study, however, access to food and drink during labor appeared to be safe. Not only were there no additional complications in the food-and-drink patients, but researchers found that women who could only have ...

Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of some 3,500 babies in the United States each year, but its toll is far heavier in some states than others, health officials report. "Despite continued updates and refinements to the American Academy of Pediatrics' safe sleep recommendations, declines in [SIDS] have slowed since 1999," said lead researcher Alexa Erck ...

Zika Attacks Placentas of Pregnant Monkeys, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – When Zika infection occurs during pregnancy, the virus may damage the placenta, new research finds. This may explain how the infection causes birth defects. It hasn't been clear how Zika infection can cause birth defects such as microcephaly, a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. So Dr. Antonio Frias, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Oregon Health & ...

Health Tips: Prevent Infections During Pregnancy

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Acquiring an infection during pregnancy is bad for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of making healthy choices and taking extra precautions to prevent infections during pregnancy. The AAP suggests: Wash your hands often, especially when around children. Cook meat until it's well done. Avoid unpasteurized milk. Get tested ...

1 in 4 U.S. Stillbirths Might Be Prevented

Posted 19 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 – About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are "potentially" avoidable. With better prenatal and obstetric care, that stillbirth rate might improve, researchers say. "We found that about 25 percent of U.S. stillbirths were potentially preventable," said study senior author Dr. Robert Silver, ...

Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S. health officials warn. The antibiotics – trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) – have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester. ...

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