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Teething Tips From Dental Specialists

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Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 – You've fed your baby, changed your baby, but the baby is still cranky. It's possible he or she is uncomfortable because tiny teeth are trying to push through the gums. What can you do to ease the pain? One approach is to offer a plain, solid teething ring, which lets the baby apply pressure to ease the pain. While chilling the teething ring may provide added relief, don't freeze it because the extreme cold can be harmful rather than soothing, dental experts say. "Your child's gums can be sensitive during this time, and your child will know how much pressure they should apply to try and relieve the pain. They're their best teacher and, in this instance, know what they need," said Dr. William Wathen, associate professor at Texas A&M University's College of Dentistry. Massaging a baby's gums with a clean finger or a cooled washcloth is also soothing. If you've ... Read more

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More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

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THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Getting a flu shot during pregnancy can protect both a mom-to-be and her baby. And while the percentage of pregnant American women who got the vaccine has doubled in recent years, too many still go without the shot, researchers say. "Although the trend is encouraging, coverage still falls far short of the 2016 [U.S.] recommendation that all pregnant women who are or might become pregnant during flu season be vaccinated," according to a team led by Stephen Kerr, an epidemiologist at Boston University. Kerr's team has tracked data on vaccinations received during pregnancy for more than 5,300 U.S. women since 2005. The investigators found that in the flu seasons before the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu pandemic, only one in every five pregnant women in the study got an influenza vaccine. However, that number jumped to 33 percent of the women during the 2009-2010 flu ... Read more

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Just How Safe Is That Baby Teether?

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – A chemical that's banned from baby bottles and children's drinking cups is still widely used in baby teethers, a new study finds. Researchers in the United States who tested five dozen baby teethers found all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and cause developmental, reproductive and neurological harm, according to the study authors. Although most of the teethers were labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, all of them contained BPA, the study found. BPA is banned from children's drinking utensils in the United States and much of Europe. The teethers also contained a range of parabens and the antimicrobial agents triclosan and triclocarban, which are also endocrine disruptors, the researchers said. "The findings could be used to develop ... Read more

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Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

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MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Could religion play a role in breast-feeding practices? Women in Western nations with a strong Protestant heritage are more likely to breast-feed. However, the reverse seems to be true for those in nations with a strong Catholic heritage, new research suggests. "Our results suggest that women living in a country or region where Catholicism has historically dominated are less likely to initiate breast-feeding," according to the researchers. The study was led by Dr. Jonathan Bernard of Inserm, the national health research institute in France. "Breast-feeding promotion policies should be adapted to better fit populations' cultural and religious norms," Bernard and his colleagues added. The study doesn't prove that religion directly affects breast-feeding rates, however. It only suggests that they may be linked. The World Health Organization advises mothers to solely ... Read more

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C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes

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MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Why is it so difficult and painful for human females to give birth? Researchers have developed a new theory: Evolution favored small female pelvises and large newborns for good reasons. And, the researchers said, the rise of cesarean sections – the surgical delivery of a baby – in recent decades may be contributing to an even bigger gap between the size of newborns and their mothers' pelvises. In fact, the researchers estimate that the regular use of C-sections has led to a 10 to 20 percent increase in the gap between female pelvis width and babies' size. "Evolution is happening even in our modern society," said study lead author Philipp Mitteroecker, an assistant professor with the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna, Austria. But, the human female pelvis has remained small, despite evolution, the researchers said. "The dimensions of ... Read more

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Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may have higher odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population, including pregnant women. But the researchers said it's too soon to routinely recommend "sunshine vitamin" supplements for mothers-to-be. "The study does not prove that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the risk of MS. Further studies are needed to confirm our results," said study leader Dr. Nete Munk Nielsen, a researcher at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. It's a chronic disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin, the fatty substance coating nerve fibers. MS symptoms vary, but can include walking difficulties, fatigue, numbness and vision problems. A growing body of evidence ... Read more

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First Case of Zika-Linked Glaucoma Diagnosed in Infant

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – The first case of an infant who developed glaucoma after being exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb has been reported by an international team of researchers. No previous cases have seen a link between Zika infection and glaucoma, a condition that can permanently damage the optic nerve and result in blindness, the researchers said. But other vision problems and devastating brain defects have surfaced in babies born to mothers who were infected with Zika while pregnant. "We identified the first case where Zika virus appears to have affected the development of the anterior chamber, or front portion, of the eye during gestation and caused glaucoma after birth," study co-author Dr. Albert Icksang Ko said in a statement. He is a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, in New Haven, Conn. Ko has been working with doctors in Brazil since the Zika ... Read more

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Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects

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TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – More details on how the Zika virus affects infants and adults will be presented to international researchers meeting in Chicago next week. Three studies scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America attempt to shed light on the mosquito-borne virus that's linked to severe birth defects in babies. Most cases to date have occurred in Latin American countries. In one study, researchers used CT imaging to examine the central nervous system of 16 newborns whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy. The babies were found to have a number of brain abnormalities. "Our study proves that Zika virus infection can cause congenital brain damage in babies with and without microcephaly," study author Dr. Natacha Calheiros de Lima Petribu said in a society news release. She's with the department of radiology at Barao ... Read more

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New Fetal Views in 3-D

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MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Expectant parents may soon be able to view a three-dimensional virtual reality version of the fetus, researchers say. This is possible with new technology that combines MRI and ultrasound data into a 3-D that can be viewed with virtual reality devices. In tests, Brazilian researchers found that virtual reality fetal 3-D models are similar to the appearance of the newborn after birth. The models recreate the entire internal structure of the fetus, which can help doctors detect abnormalities. The research was to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), in Chicago. "The 3-D fetal models combined with virtual reality immersive technologies may improve our understanding of fetal anatomical characteristics and can be used for educational purposes and as a method for parents to visualize their unborn baby," said ... Read more

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Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – In what's believed to be the first study of its kind, research suggests that women who give birth for the first time at age 25 or older are more likely to live to 90. The researchers also found that women who survived to 90 were more likely to be college graduates, married and have a higher income. "Our study results don't suggest women should delay childbearing, because it's not clearly known why the results suggest [the link to] longevity," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. "Also, a likely explanation is that women who have a child at an older age are usually of higher social and economic status," Shadyab added. "We know from [prior] research that these people are also likely to live longer." While the average American woman giving birth for the first time today is ... Read more

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Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Increases in a woman's blood sugar levels during early pregnancy may affect her baby's risk of congenital heart defects, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Emmi Helle of Stanford University in California measured blood sugar levels of more than 19,000 pregnant women during their first trimester. For every 10 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) increase in blood sugar, the risk of delivering a baby with a congenital heart defect rose about 8 percent, the study found. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. But, the research team said it's the first study to show a link between a mother's blood sugar levels early in pregnancy and a baby's risk of heart defects. The association between elevated blood sugar in early pregnancy and heart defect risk was greater than the predictive ability of what's known as the "oral glucose tolerance test," Helle's team ... Read more

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Could C-Section Birth Raise Child's Risk of Obesity?

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Babies delivered via C-section might be at increased risk for childhood obesity, researchers contend. Compared to vaginally delivered children, cesarean-delivered children seem to have a 40 percent greater risk of becoming overweight or obese by the time they turn 7, the study found. The risk was even stronger in children born by C-section to overweight and obese mothers, ranging from 70 to 80 percent, said lead researcher Noel Mueller, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "We also found that the protective association conferred by vaginal delivery was as strong, if not stronger, among mothers that were overweight or obese, suggesting that vaginal delivery among overweight or obese mothers may help to mitigate the intergenerational transmission of obesity," Mueller said. Babies pick up beneficial ... Read more

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New Moms Get No Iron Boost From Eating Placenta: Study

Posted 12 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Tens of thousands of new mothers eat their placenta, hoping to prevent or reverse iron deficiency after they give birth, a practice called placentophagy. But a new study says placenta may not provide as much iron as placentophagy advocates suggest. Eating human placenta in capsule form "neither significantly improves, nor impairs, postpartum maternal iron status for women consuming the recommended daily allowance of dietary iron during pregnancy/lactation," compared to a dummy pill, the study's authors concluded. The placenta, or afterbirth, connects the mother to her fetus in the womb. It supplies oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and hormones to the mother. Nearly all mammals eat it after giving birth, and advocates say human mothers who do so will have more energy, a better mood and a faster recovery after giving birth. Led by former University of Nevada, Las ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Sleep is Interrupted

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by

-- Babies and young children wake frequently, destroying parents' quest for a restful night's sleep. Here's what the National Sleep Foundation advises for weary parents: Split child care into shifts. Let one parent take the first half of the night, and the other take the second half. This will allow you to get some restful sleep, even if it's for a short while. Keep the lights turned down during middle-of-the-night diaper changes, making it easier for parents and baby to get back to sleep. Don't have any TV or computers in your bedroom. Get exercise during the day to help you sleep better. Create a relaxing bedtime routine for both you and baby. Read more

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Blood Test May Spot Babies at Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – A blood test on expectant mothers may help identify infants at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders occur when women drink large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy. The condition can affect a child's development and cause long-lasting physical and mental health problems. Being able to identify infants at risk for FASD might lead to early treatment and better outcomes, the researchers said. "It's a huge problem, but we might not realize the full scope because infants born with normal-looking physical features may be missed, making many cases difficult to diagnose early," study co-senior author Rajesh Miranda said in a Texas A&M University news release. He is a professor in the university's Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. Researchers examined the health and ... Read more

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