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Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research Shows

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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 16 days ago 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

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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 20 days ago 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 ...

Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by

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

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

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

-- 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

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

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. ...

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because ...

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to Language Delays -- in Baby Girls

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Toddlers whose mothers used acetaminophen – best known as Tylenol – early in pregnancy may have a heightened risk of language delays, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when moms-to-be used the painkiller during the first trimester, their daughters were more likely to have language delays at age 2.5 years. No such link was seen among boys, however. A ...

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 ...

Child Death Rate Higher in U.S. Than Other Wealthy Nations

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – The United States has had the smallest decline in child death rates among wealthy nations over the past 50 years, despite spending more on health care per child than the other countries, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed child death rates from 1961 to 2010 in the United States and 19 other economically similar countries, including Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy ...

Special Baby Formula Doesn't Seem to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – A specially prepared baby formula does not protect children with a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new research. The study focused on babies born to families in which one person already had the disease. Earlier research suggested that feeding such at-risk babies a standard formula of normal cow milk might increase their eventual risk for developing ...

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