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U.S. Teens Embracing Alternative Meds. Is That a Healthy Trend?

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – Alternative medicines – such as herbal products and so-called nutraceuticals – have soared in popularity among American youth, a new report shows. Between 2003 and 2014, the use of alternative medicines doubled, driven largely by increased use of omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin among teens. The findings are cause for concern, according to study author Dima Qato, an ...

Many Poor Women Miss Out on Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Even though folic acid supplements are known to lower the risk of birth defects, poorer women rarely take them before or during pregnancy, a new study shows. "The findings are concerning because they show that public health interventions aren't always effective in reaching vulnerable populations who need them the most," said researcher Dr. Tina Cheng, co-director of ...

AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia. High blood ...

Health Tip: Risk Factors for an Ectopic Pregnancy

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside theuterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. The growing fetus eventually will cause the fallopian tube to burst, which can lead to life-threatening bleeding that could require immediate surgery. Half of women who develop an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ...

Dirty Air in Pregnancy May Raise Kid's Blood Pressure Risk

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – Breathing polluted air is never wise for anyone, but pregnant women may pay an especially unwanted price. "The findings from our study are another piece of evidence that air pollution exposure can affect your health and could affect your baby's health as well," said senior study author Noel Mueller. Mueller's team found that children exposed to the highest levels of ...

Soda During Pregnancy May Not Help Baby's Brain

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 – Pregnant women may want to skip all soft drinks while they're expecting if they want their child's learning and memory skills to be sharper, new research suggests. The study found that when moms-to-be had more sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened sodas, their children had poorer nonverbal problem-solving abilities and verbal memory. These children also had poorer ...

Health Tip: Milestones to Look for by Age 5

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- How do you know if your child is maturing properly? It helps to know the developmental milestones and about when they typically occur. The American Academy of Pediatrics says: By 2 months:Tries to look at a parent and pays attention to faces. By 4 months:Mimics facial movements such as smiling or frowning, and responds to affection. By 6 months:Likes to look in the mirror and brings objects ...

Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – There's new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child's weight years later. The overall effect was small – an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most caffeine during pregnancy were 66 percent more likely to be slightly overweight, researchers found. "The results support the ...

Health Tip: If You're Pregnant and Have Diabetes

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Women who have diabetes should take precautions to ensure that both mother and baby stay healthy throughout pregnancy. High maternal blood sugar can harm the developing baby, resulting in birth defects or miscarriage. This is especially true during the first few weeks of pregnancy, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. The agency suggests what diabetic ...

Prenatal Test Advance May Help Spot Serious Gene Mutations

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 31, 2018 – Scientists who found a way to use amniotic fluid to sequence the entire genome of a fetus say the breakthrough could significantly increase detection of genetic conditions during pregnancy. Researchers tweaked a common prenatal test called amniocentesis. In that procedure, amniotic fluid is taken from a pregnant woman's uterus and analyzed for abnormalities in the ...

Smoking While Pregnant Could Harm Child's Breathing

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are apt to have breathing issues in childhood and beyond, a new study has found. The finding comes from the analysis of data on more than 2,000 U.S. children, ages 6 to 11. Nearly 10 percent of the children – those who had asthma and those who didn't – had reduced lung function. The researchers reported a weak link ...

Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Waist Size Tied to Autism Risk

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – The pre-pregnancy width of a woman's waist – but not whether or not she is actually obese – may be tied to autism risk in her children, new research suggests. What's behind the association remains unclear, the researchers said. But it could lie in the fat-induced activity of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines, which are "known to be involved in the development ...

Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

The Dynamic Duo: Calcium and Vitamin D

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Your need for calcium gets a lot of attention, but your body can't use it without its partner, vitamin D, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day. Recommendations for vitamin D range from the current recommended daily allowance of 600 International Units (IUs), all the way up to 4,000 IUs to best ...

Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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