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Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

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FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows. The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion. According to the committee ...

1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years. Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression. And another 4 percent of women in that age group have experienced minor depression. But neither group is getting adequate ...

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 ...

Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

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TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – If a pregnant woman's immune system is activated, it can affect her child's brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers – infections, stress, illness and allergies – can activate the immune system. This causes proteins to be released as part of an inflammatory response. Previous research in animals has shown that some of these proteins can affect ...

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

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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 ...

Affection Trumps Aggression in Kids

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TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Is your toddler always kicking and screaming? There's a reason for much of it. Physical aggression, like pushing and hitting, is part of the learning process. This typically lasts from about one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years of age, until children learn how to ask for a toy, for instance, rather than just grab it from another child. Early childhood research first ...

For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

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FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S. soldiers from 2011 to 2014. Overall, just over 6 percent of the births were premature – three or more weeks early. That rate is lower than in the general population. However, ...

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

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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?

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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 ...

Health Tip: Make Sure Babies Eat Right

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

-- A baby's nutritional balance during the first 1,000 days of life is critical to lifelong mental health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Sufficient amounts of key minerals, vitamins, proteins and certain fats during the infant and toddler years is key to avoiding permanent loss of brain function, the academy said. The AAP policy statement recommends: Doctors should ...

Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns

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SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 – Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who'd had a stroke as a newborn that damaged the left side of their brain – the side that normally controls language – used the other side of their brain for language. "Their language is good – ...

Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A baby's future diabetes risk, for example, is higher if mom is under- or over-nourished during pregnancy, according to researchers at ...

Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

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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 ...

MS Drug Tysabri (Natalizumab) Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests. Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if they stop taking the drug before they conceive, the first study found. But if a woman remains on Tysabri while trying to ...

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