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U.S. Health Care Costs From Birth Defects Total Almost $23 Billion a Year

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – About three of every 100 U.S. newborns have a serious birth defect, and health care costs tied to these difficulties total almost $23 billion annually, new research shows. The findings might help "motivate change" in reducing costs associated with birth defects "through prevention, early detection and care throughout the life span," said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the advocacy group March of Dimes, birth defects are health conditions in newborns that "change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body." Common and serious birth defects include heart defects, cleft lip/palate and spina bifida (a major spinal cord defect), the group said. Each year in the United States, more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect, the March of Dimes said. The costs to the baby's health – and the ... Read more

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Abortions in Texas Dropped Dramatically After Restrictions

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THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – A Texas law – later declared unconstitutional – that increased travel distances to abortion clinics in the state seems to have led to fewer abortions, a new study suggests. The Texas abortion law was enacted in 2013. By the time the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2016, 24 abortion clinics had closed in the state, researchers said. This meant women in some areas had to travel much farther to end their pregnancies. The researchers found a 50 percent drop in abortions in counties where the distance to the nearest abortion facility increased 100 miles or more. There was virtually no change in counties that did not have an abortion provider in 2014 or did not have a change in the distance to the nearest abortion facility, the study authors said. Overall, abortions in Texas decreased 18.5 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to state data. That falloff ... Read more

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Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Women need to be aware their risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. Half of all cases affect women age 63 or older, according to specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. However, the center reminds all women to be aware of other risk factors for the disease, as well as common ovarian cancer warning signs, such as: Belly bloating or swelling, Lower belly pain, Back pain, Trouble eating or feeling full quickly, Unexplained weight loss, Pain during sex, Menstrual changes, A change in bathroom habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or having to urinate very badly or very often. "While these symptoms are common and may be caused by something other than ovarian cancer, I advise women to take them seriously," said Dr. Christina Chu, a Fox Chase gynecologic oncologist. "A woman knows what is normal for her own body. If her symptoms don't seem ... Read more

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Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – The gender of a woman's future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests. A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers found that a higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure reading may be associated with a greater likelihood for delivering a baby boy. Conversely, lower blood pressure may favor the odds of giving birth to a girl. But the researchers only found an association between pre-pregnancy blood pressure and a baby's gender. They did not prove a cause-and-effect connection. How might a mom-to-be's blood pressure predict her baby's gender? That's not completely clear. The researchers suspect blood pressure may be related to the gender of those babies carried to term, not lost to miscarriage. "When a woman becomes pregnant, the sex of a fetus is determined by whether the father's sperm provides ... Read more

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Pregnancy OK for Most Women With Congenital Heart Conditions: Report

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Women with serious congenital heart defects can usually have successful pregnancies – but they should work closely with their doctors before, during and after pregnancy, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA). At one time, women born with complex heart conditions were told they could never have a baby, said Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, a cardiologist and one of the authors of the AHA scientific statement. But that old thinking has evolved, said Aboulhosn, who is based at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Studies in recent years have shown that when those women work with an experienced team of health care providers, they generally can have healthy pregnancies, the statement said. The key is planning, said Mary Canobbio, a registered nurse who led the committee that crafted the new recommendations. "Prepregnancy ... Read more

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Do Genes Steer You to a Partner With Similar Schooling?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Were you drawn to your spouse's eyes? Or perhaps it was a great sense of humor you thought drew you in? British researchers say the true reason may be much more pragmatic – your romantic fire may have been lit by your partner's college degree. That's because your genes could drive you to a relationship with someone who has a similar level of education, a new study suggests. The research included about 1,600 people in the United Kingdom. They were all married or living together. The researchers found that people with genes for high educational achievement tended to link up and have children with people with similar DNA. Researchers already knew that people typically choose mates with similar traits – a phenomenon dubbed "assortative mating." But, this is one of the first studies to suggest that genes play a role in selecting a partner with similar education ... Read more

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Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – Women with prior kidney damage may have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. "We believe that this study highlights an important finding that will be useful for medical providers caring for reproductive-age women," said study author Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, a nephrologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The researchers reviewed data from almost 25,000 women who gave birth at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1998 and 2007. Just over 100 of the women had previously experienced acute kidney injury. This is a sudden decrease in kidney function. All of the women had recovered normal kidney function before they were pregnant. Women in the kidney damage group had much higher rates of a condition called preeclampsia that causes high blood pressure and other problems during pregnancy – 23 percent compared to 4 ... Read more

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More Than Half of Brazilian Women Avoid Pregnancy Due to Zika Fear

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 – More than half of young women in Brazil are forgoing pregnancy due to the ongoing Zika epidemic, a new study finds. Since the outbreak began in Brazil, there have been 1,845 confirmed cases of birth defects tied to the mosquito-borne virus. Many involve microcephaly, a malformation where babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains. The new study was led by Debora Diniz, a professor at the University of Brasilia. Her team surveyed more than 2,000 Brazilian women, aged 18 to 39, in June of this year. The result: 56 percent of the women said they had either avoided or tried to prevent a pregnancy because of the epidemic. Twenty-seven percent of the women said they had not tried to avoid pregnancy, while another 16 percent said they had not planned to get pregnant – regardless of whether Zika was a threat or not. "The results provide an ... Read more

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Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies, Doctors Say

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends waiting at least 30 to 60 seconds after birth to clamp a healthy newborn's umbilical cord, citing potential health benefits. The new guideline is a change from 2012, when ACOG expressed uncertainty about the value of delaying clamping. The group now says research suggests healthy infants can benefit from getting more blood from the placenta through the umbilical cord. "While there are various recommendations regarding optimal timing for delayed umbilical cord clamping, there has been increased evidence that shows that the practice in and of itself has clear health benefits for both preterm and term infants," Dr. Maria Mascola, lead author of the guidelines, said in an ACOG news release. "And, in most cases, this does not interfere with early care, including drying and stimulating for ... Read more

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Privacy Concerns Keep Some Young Americans From Sexual Health Services

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – Young people may abstain from seeking sexual and reproductive health care because they fear their parents will find out, a U.S. government report suggests. About 7 percent of teens and young adults said they would not seek that care due to confidentiality concerns, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported Friday. The youngest teens expressed the greatest reluctance. Almost one in five 15- to 17-year-olds said they would not seek that care because their parents could find out, according to the report. "It is concerning," said Casey Copen, an NCHS health scientist and lead author of the report. The NCHS is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that 15- to 24-year-olds account for half of all cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. "It's important that we monitor any barriers that ... Read more

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Women Denied an Abortion Endure Mental Health Toll: Study

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Women who are denied an abortion may suffer anxiety and low self-esteem, a new analysis indicates. In contrast, the researchers found no indication that having an abortion increased the risk for near- or long-term psychological problems. "Our study found that denying women an abortion has negative consequences to their mental health and well-being in the short-term," said study author M. Antonia Biggs, a social psychologist researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. "[And] our study found no evidence of emerging mental health problems after having an abortion – for at least five years," Biggs added. Other research has suggested that having an abortion may raise the risk of mental health issues later in life. Biggs and her colleagues reported their findings online Dec. 14 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study was released one day after ... Read more

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FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Women need to carefully consider the benefits and risks of permanent birth control devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency recently introduced labeling changes for one such device called Essure. It consists of flexible metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Within about three months, tissue forms around the coils and blocks sperm from reaching the eggs. Because the device is made with metal, women who are sensitive or allergic to nickel or other metals should be sure to let their doctor know about their allergy, the FDA said. The labeling changes for Essure include a boxed warning and patient decision checklist to help ensure that women receive and understand the benefits and risks of the device in order to make an informed decision about whether to use it. An important ... Read more

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DNA May Influence Your Reproductive Decisions

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 – Your DNA may influence how old you are when you become a parent and how many kids you have, a new study suggests. An international team of more than 250 scientists said it has identified 12 areas of DNA associated with age of first childbirth and total family size. The findings suggest that genetics may play a role in reproductive behavior – along with personal choice, social circumstances and environmental factors, the researchers said. "Our genes do not determine our behavior, but for the first time, we have identified parts of the DNA code that influence it. This is another small piece to understanding this very large jigsaw puzzle," study first author Nicola Barban, of Oxford University in England, said in a university news release. The analysis of data from more than 568,000 men and women was published Oct. 31 in the journal Nature Genetics. "For the first ... Read more

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Some Doctors Swayed by Political Beliefs

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – A doctor's political beliefs can sway his or her treatment decisions. That's the conclusion of a study by Yale University researchers who surveyed primary care doctors in 29 states on how they would deal with different types of patient health concerns, including abortion, firearms and marijuana use. While Republican and Democratic doctors had similar views about general issues such as depression, alcohol abuse and obesity, there were significant differences when it came to political hot-button topics. Republican doctors expressed more concern than Democratic doctors about marijuana use and abortion, while Democratic physicians were more concerned about firearms, the findings showed. Democratic doctors were more likely to urge patients not to keep guns in the home while Republican doctors were more likely to warn patients about the mental health risks of abortion. ... Read more

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'The Pill' May Raise Depression Risk

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Women who use hormonal methods for birth control, such as "the pill," may have a slightly higher risk of developing depression – and teenagers may be most vulnerable, a large study suggests. Researchers said the findings confirm the link between hormonal birth control and depression symptoms. However, the association does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Manufacturers already list "mood changes," including new or worsening depression, on their products' list of potential side effects. But this new study of more than 1 million women strengthens the evidence of a connection, said Dr. Ojvind Lidegaard, of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark. Lidegaard said women with a history of depression symptoms might want to consider nonhormonal contraception – such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) that release copper to prevent sperm from fertilizing the ... Read more

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