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Tissue Testing Can Spot Zika at Birth: CDC

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Exposure to the Zika virus in pregnancy can wreak havoc on babies, but diagnosing the infection before birth remains a challenge. Now, there's some good news: U.S. health officials say testing placental and fetal tissue after a child is born can confirm or rule out infection. Such testing found that only 1 in 10 who were in danger of being infected actually were, and infection didn't automatically mean birth defects, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. "Testing of placental tissues from live births can continue to be considered when results of maternal Zika virus testing are not definitive or testing is not performed within the optimal time," said the researchers led by Dr. Sarah Reagan-Steiner, of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Zika infection is most often spread by ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 290,000 women in China, those who breast-fed were 10 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke later in life, versus women who bottle-fed their babies. How might breast-feeding help heart health? One theory holds that breast-feeding helps "reset" a woman's metabolism after pregnancy, according to lead researcher Sanne Peters. She's a research fellow in epidemiology at the University of Oxford in England. The study pointed out that women who breast-feed for a longer time tend to have lower odds of high blood pressure and diabetes, for example. Dr. Nieca Goldberg, is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She said it's possible that women who breast-feed ... Read more

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Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks." Previous research has shown children of older fathers have higher odds of autism and schizophrenia, but this study highlights the benefits of being the son of an older dad. "We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects," said study author Magdalena Janecka. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The researchers discovered that boys born to older dads are more intelligent, more focused on what interests them and are less concerned about fitting in. All qualities offer an edge in ... Read more

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Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby?

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have? Faced with just that dilemma, two married Los Angeles doctors turned to a diaper-free approach with their third child, using an apparently ages-old method known as "elimination communication," or EC. EC definitely isn't for everyone, and probably wouldn't work well in a daycare setting, Drs. Jeffrey Bender and Rosemary She acknowledged. But for those interested, the couple said getting babies to cooperate with EC is surprisingly straightforward. The practice relies on gauging a baby's natural timing and cues – such as facial gestures – to recognize when they need to urinate or defecate and holding them over a toilet at those times. In addition to environmental benefits, the uncommon approach can also reduce ... Read more

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Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll Finds

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – "You're doing that wrong!" Sound familiar, Moms? It should: A new poll finds that six out of 10 American mothers say they've been criticized for their parenting skills. It's called mommy-shaming, and it goes viral when it happens to the famous. Actress Reese Witherspoon was shamed for giving her toddler cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and model Coco Rocho was judged for giving her baby formula. But a nationwide poll of 475 mothers finds it's a familiar experience for most with kids under age 5 – and the source of the shaming is most often a woman's own parents. Major areas of criticism include discipline (70 percent); diet and nutrition (52 percent); sleep (46 percent); breast- versus bottle-feeding (39 percent); safety (20 percent); and child care (16 percent). "Our findings tap into the tensions moms face when parenting advice leads to more stress than ... Read more

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Higher Pregnancy Weight Tied to Raised Odds for Birth Defects

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant face an elevated risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, new Swedish research warns. And the greater the excess pounds, the higher the apparent risk, the study authors said. The risk that a newborn will be found to have a major birth defect during the first year of life "progressively increases with a mother's overweight and degree of obesity," said lead investigator Dr. Martina Persson. She's a senior research fellow with the clinical epidemiology unit at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The research team concluded that while it's impossible to prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship, it does appear that there is an ever-increasing association between birth defect risk and rising maternal weight. But Persson added that the absolute risk for obesity-related birth defects is ... Read more

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Babies' Fascination With Faces May Start in the Womb

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THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – An infant's fascination with faces is already evident in the womb, a new study contends. Young babies pay more attention to faces than to other objects. But, the study authors said theirs is the first study to show that this preference begins before birth. "We have shown the fetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes," said study author Vincent Reid, a psychology professor at Lancaster University in England. The investigators projected light images through the uterine wall of dozens of pregnant women. They tracked the 34-week-old fetuses' responses with 4-D ultrasound. The fetuses were more likely to turn their heads to look at face-like images than at other shapes, according to the study. The results were published June 8 in the journal Current Biology. "This preference has been recognized in babies ... Read more

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Toddlers Who Drink Cow's Milk Alternatives May Be Shorter

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Young children who drink soy, almond or other milk "alternatives" may be a bit shorter than kids who drink cow's milk, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 5,000 Canadian children, a 3-year-old who drank three cups of non-cow's milk each day was, typically, a half inch shorter than a child who drank the same amount of cow's milk. The study – which was funded by the Canadian government and St. Michael's Hospital Foundation – doesn't prove that parents' milk choices were the culprit. For one, there could have been differences in the children's overall diets, too, said lead researcher Dr. Jonathon Maguire. But, he said, the nutritional content in different milk substitutes vary widely. And it's "reasonable to hypothesize" that some shortchange children on protein, fat and other nutrients, said Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael's ... Read more

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Safe for Baby: Study

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Expectant mothers, if you're taking an antidepressant it won't make your newborn cranky or at higher risk for other problems, researchers report. Northwestern University researchers divided 214 new moms into three groups: those with a mood disorder who were not using an antidepressant; those who were taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant; and those without a mood disorder who were not on an antidepressant. At two to four weeks after birth, babies in all three groups had similar rates of irritability, difficulty feeding, sleep disturbances and respiratory problems, the study found. The issues affected 3 out of 10 babies in each group. Instead, preterm birth was the major risk factor for what is known as Neonatal Discontinuation Syndrome (NDS). Babies with NDS get agitated, restless, cry excessively and may be rigid or have tremors. Many ... Read more

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Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much or Too Little Is Unhealthy

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TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can harm both baby and mom, researchers say. In a review of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, investigators found that 47 percent of women gained too much weight. And, 23 percent did not gain enough weight to meet recommended levels. "Healthy recommended pregnancy weight gain depends on a mother's starting weight, with women with a higher weight recommended to gain less in pregnancy," said lead researcher Dr. Helena Teede. "Regardless of a mother's starting weight, unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy is now very common and carries significant health risks for mothers and babies," said Teede, a professor of women's health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Weight gain below the recommended amount was associated with a higher risk of having a small baby and preterm delivery, the researchers found. ... Read more

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Just 10 Cigarettes During Pregnancy Can Harm Kids

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TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Babies born to women who smoked as few as 10 cigarettes are more apt to have thinking and learning problems later, a new study suggests. Studies have long shown that babies born to smokers are likely to be premature, small and have behavior problems early on. The new research found that the negative health effects of tobacco exposure in the womb can last for years, taking a toll on teens' executive function – learned skills involving memory, reasoning, problem-solving and planning – that are important in school and life. Up to 8 percent of U.S. women smoke during pregnancy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors said the new findings point to the need for more programs to help women of childbearing age quit smoking. "Because tobacco is one of the most common substances used during pregnancy – and it's legal for adults to ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section

Posted 4 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017 – Breast-feeding for a longer time may help women reduce the risk of chronic pain after a cesarean delivery, a new study suggests. Researchers from Spain followed 185 women who had a C-section. Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of those who breast-fed for two months or less still had chronic pain in the surgical site four months after delivery. But just 8 percent of those who breast-fed for two months or longer reported chronic pain. "These preliminary results suggest that breast-feeding for more than two months protects against chronic post-cesarean pain, with a threefold increase in the risk of chronic pain if breast-feeding is only maintained for two months or less," wrote the researchers led by Dr. Carmen Alicia Vargas Berenjeno from Our Lady of Valme University Hospital in Seville. "Our study provides another good reason to encourage women to breast-feed," ... Read more

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Pregnancy Doesn't Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return

Posted 4 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017 – There's good news for younger breast cancer survivors: Pregnancy does not seem to increase the chances that their disease will return, researchers report. "Our findings confirm that pregnancy after breast cancer should not be discouraged, even for women with ER-positive [estrogen-sensitive] cancer," said study author Dr. Matteo Lambertini, a medical oncologist at the Institut Jules Bordet, in Brussels. Lambertini's group tracked outcomes for more than 1,200 breast cancer survivors. The research showed that those who became pregnant did not have any higher risk of cancer recurrence and death over an average of 10 years follow-up, compared to women who did not become pregnant. This was true even if the women had experienced estrogen receptor (ER)-positive tumors. ER-positive breast cancer is fueled by estrogen, and it was thought that increased levels of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy?

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy changes many parts of your body – even your teeth, mouth and gums. The American Dental Association explains: Up to half of women develop gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, during pregnancy. Most cases of gingivitis resolve after pregnancy. Hormones produced during pregnancy may irritate your gums, making them swell and turn red. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily. Ask your dentist what else you can do to keep your mouth healthier during pregnancy. Read more

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Zika's Set to Return to Mainland U.S., But Budget Cuts Threaten Response

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday. The experts believe it's a foregone conclusion that more local Zika outbreaks will occur on the U.S. mainland in the coming months, much like what happened in Miami and Brownsville, Texas, last summer. "We can virtually guarantee there will be activity, particularly along the Gulf region," said Michael Osterholm. He directs the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Local health departments will shoulder the burden of any response to a local Zika outbreak, infection control experts said during a media briefing hosted by the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO). Funding authorized by Congress last ... Read more

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