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Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

Posted 5 days ago 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. Despite the risk, many pregnant women are still getting these antibiotics, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Birth defects associated with these drugs include heart, brain and facial defects," said Elizabeth Ailes, a health scientist at the CDC and lead author of the report. A 3 percent risk of birth defects is associated with all pregnancies, she said. "The increased risks associated with these antibiotics is relatively small, but significant – ... Read more

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

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

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 "language delay" meant the child was using fewer than 50 words, according to the report. The study is the latest to link prenatal acetaminophen to developmental issues. Experts, however, said the findings do not prove the blame lies with acetaminophen. But they also said pregnant women should use the drug only when necessary – to bring down a fever, for example, since a high temperature can be dangerous for the fetus. "This medication should probably be used only with caution, and limited to absolute ... Read more

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Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

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 instance: One in 5 mothers says she places her baby to sleep on his or her side or stomach. Two in 5 leave loose bedding and soft objects in the baby's sleep area, most often bumper pads and thick blankets. Three in 5 sometimes share their bed with their baby. These practices contribute to about 3,500 sleep-related deaths of U.S. babies every year, according to the CDC. "Unfortunately, this report reveals that unsafe sleep practices are common," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the CDC director. "We need ... Read more

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

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

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 and Switzerland. All of the countries registered a reduction in the death rate among children. But the rate in the United States has been slowest to decline and has been higher than in the other 19 countries since the 1980s, the findings showed. Over the 50-year study period, the slower reduction in the U.S. child death rate has resulted in more than 600,000 excess deaths, according to the study. In all of the countries, about 90 percent of child deaths occurred among infants and older teens (aged ... Read more

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

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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 diabetes. This led to the theory that the culprit might be the complex protein structure found in standard cow's milk. The new study tested whether delaying babies' exposure to these complex proteins might decrease the risk for developing type 1 diabetes. Nearly 2,200 infants from 15 countries were included in the study. All of the babies faced a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes. The study was led by Mikael Knip from the University of Helsinki, in Finland. After the infants' initial ... Read more

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Cervical Device May Help Lower Preemie Birth Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Women with a relatively short cervix are at higher risk of preterm delivery, but new research shows that a cervical device may cut that risk substantially. The Italian study included 300 women with a short cervix. Half of them used a small silicone ring called a cervical pessary, while the other half acted as a "control" group and did not use the device. A cervical pessary is designed to keep the cervix closed and to change the inclination of the cervical canal. Previous findings about the effectiveness of the device have been contradictory, the researchers noted. In this study, women who used the cervical device had about half the risk of preterm birth – defined as delivery at less than 34 weeks of pregnancy – compared to women in the control group. Women who used the pessary also tended to deliver larger, healthier babies that did not require neonatal ICU ... Read more

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Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at full-term. Both groups were the same age and height. The researchers used lung function tests to calculate the airway size of each study participant, and concluded that airway size in the premature group was smaller than in the full-term group. "Our study might suggest that respiratory treatments would be less effective in individuals born prematurely, but more work needs to be done to directly test this," said study author Joseph Duke. He's an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. ... Read more

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Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. In addition, midwives were tied to less need for a surgical incision called an episiotomy during childbirth, the researchers reported. "More midwife-attended births may correlate with fewer obstetric procedures, which could lower costs without lowering the quality of care," wrote study co-authors Laura Attanasio, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Katy Kozhimannil of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The study findings are based on 126 hospitals in New York state. About 25 percent of those hospitals had no midwives. About half had midwives, but they attended less than 15 percent of births. At 7 percent of the hospitals, however, midwives attended more than four out of 10 births, according ... Read more

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Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy," said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She's an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children's and Women's Health Centre in Vancouver. "It's never too late, even if you're already pregnant," Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses and even death in expectant mothers. The study, published Nov. 14 in Journal of the American Medical Association, ... Read more

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Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother. "Vaginal seeding" is growing in popularity because it's thought that babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain "helpful" vaginal microbes that might shield the infant from asthma, allergies and immune disorders. "Vaginal seeding has become a rising trend for patients," noted Dr. Jennifer Wu, an ob/gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Patients read about the benefits of a vaginal delivery and hope to replicate these benefits with vaginal seeding." As explained by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it's thought that contact with healthy vaginal bacteria helps stimulate the infant immune system, prevents the growth of ... Read more

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Breast Milk May Arrive Late for Obese New Moms

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – While obesity in pregnancy has long been linked to a higher risk for complications during childbirth, there's now another reason to avoid it: a late start to breast milk production. That's the finding from a new study of more than 200 women with newborns who planned to breast-feed. The researchers found that delays in "lactogenesis" – the production of breast milk within three days of delivery – "occurred more frequently among women who were obese at the time of delivery." The study highlights an issue many new moms have to deal with, said one pediatrician who reviewed the new study. "Breast-feeding is hard for all mothers," said Dr. Sophia Jan, who directs pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. "This study found that breast-feeding is even harder for mothers who were obese prior to pregnancy." There are potential consequences ... Read more

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Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests. "We are hopeful that neonatologists will consider giving preterm infants 800 IUs [International Units]," said study author Dr. Ann Anderson Berry. She is medical director of the NICU Nebraska Medicine, the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "We know that even with standard vitamin D dosing, we were still seeing a fair number of preterm infants who suffered from impaired bone health. This is another form of NICU [neonatal intensive care] therapy that can help decrease that risk," she said in a Nebraska news release. Premature and preterm infants are already routinely given vitamin D to help prevent weak bones and other conditions related to vitamin D deficiency, such as rickets. Dosages vary, however, and many infants still develop ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents against the use of baby sleep positioners. While these products may purport to prevent an infant from rolling, the products can lead to suffocation, the FDA says. To help keep baby safe, the agency suggests: Avoid infant sleep positioners of any kind. Do not use pillows, blankets, sheets, or quilts in a crib. Dress babies for the season to stay warm without extra blankets and sheets. Keep cribs bare of objects and toys. Always put baby on his or her back in a crib. Read more

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Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Being born at an extremely low birth weight seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult. But that risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests. This finding concerns premature babies born at 2.2 pounds or less. "We are concerned that being born really small and being exposed to all the stresses associated with preterm birth can lead to an amplification of normal stresses that predispose people to develop depression and anxiety later in life," said study author Ryan Van Lieshout. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. With support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the study team reviewed ... Read more

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Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Researchers say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis, which might allow doctors to spare these babies early exposure to antibiotics. Sepsis is an infection of the blood, and it's a serious, life-threatening condition. But it isn't always easy to tell if these very small babies are sick due to an infection such as sepsis, or because their tiny bodies are so underdeveloped. "These babies can die very quickly of sepsis, which makes it very difficult to choose who really needs antibiotics," said Dr. Rick Stafford, director of neonatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Stafford was not involved in the study. At the same time, doctors are trying to reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics, because when antibiotics are given to someone who doesn't need them, it ... Read more

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