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For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

Posted 17 days ago by

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cervical Device May Help Lower Preemie Birth Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

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 ...

Nearby Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weights

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a "fracking" site, a new large-scale study contends. Women were 25 percent more likely to deliver low birth weight babies after hydraulic fracturing operations commenced within a half-mile of their homes, said the study's lead researcher, Janet Currie. She directs Princeton University's Center ...

Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Infant Medication Advice For New Moms

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by

-- A new mom has enough stress on her hands without worrying about giving medication to her newborn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests: Get your doctor's advice before giving medication to your baby. Store any medication out of your infant's reach. Use a dosage device such as an oral syringe to ensure that baby gets the correct dose. If you are nursing and take medication yourself, ...

Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by

-- 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 ...

Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by

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 ...

'Sleep Positioners' a Danger to Baby: FDA

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Infants should be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, empty surface and never placed on a sleep positioner, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says. The agency warned parents and caregivers that these products, also known as "nests" or "anti-roll" supports, can prevent babies from breathing. The two most common sleep positioners include two raised pillows or ...

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