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Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking multivitamins with folic acid before pregnancy. "One of the things that's striking for us is how much more we need to make sure women understand the importance of being healthy before pregnancy," said Stacey Stewart, president of the March of Dimes Foundation. "Half of all pregnancies are unexpected, which means women of childbearing age need to be doing all they can to be healthy in the event they do get pregnant," she said. In the United States, more than 120,000 babies – about 3 percent of all ... Read more

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Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Women in their 30s and early 40s who want to know whether their biological clocks are running out should skip fertility testing, a new study suggests. Fertility clinics commonly use blood and urine tests to assess the quantity and quality of eggs remaining in a woman's ovaries – information that clinicians can use in making decisions about treating infertile women. However, a study in the Oct. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that these tests cannot predict whether a woman in her later reproductive years will get pregnant naturally. "We were hoping to see that these biomarkers would predict a woman's ability to get pregnant, but we didn't find that," said Dr. Anne Steiner, the study's lead author. Steiner, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said there's "huge interest" in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs. So, the American Cancer Society says you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, including vitamins. The society debunks these popular myths about supplements: Megadosing: More is better – There is no scientific evidence that using large doses effectively fights disease. In fact, large doses of certain vitamins can be toxic or inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals. "All natural" is better – Supplements that claim to be "all natural" are not always safer than refined or manufactured substances. It's been used for thousands of years, so it must work – Folk or traditional medicines are not automatically guaranteed safe or effective. It can't hurt to take supplements along with my regular meds – Some supplements can affect the ... Read more

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Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was associated with a lower likelihood of child autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use supplements," said lead researcher Elizabeth DeVilbiss. The odds of autism in the multivitamin group were 30 percent lower, added DeVilbiss, a graduate student in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. Since mothers-to-be are already advised to take prenatal vitamins to prevent some birth defects, this may be an added ... Read more

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Abortion Access Varies Widely Across U.S.

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Women's access to an abortion clinic varies widely across the United States, with 1 in 5 traveling more than 43 miles to reach a clinic, a new study shows. American women are, on average, 11 miles from an abortion clinic. But New Yorkers are within 3.2 miles of a clinic, while Wyoming residents must travel nearly 170 miles to access these services, according to researchers from the Guttmacher Institute in New York City. "How far a woman has to travel for an abortion is a key measure of access, alongside stigma, restrictive laws and financial constraints," said study author Jonathan Bearak. "Our findings illustrate the vast differences in access to abortion mapped across the U.S., with women in remote, rural areas facing the longest journeys for an abortion," Bearak added. The study results were published Oct. 3 in The Lancet Public Health. Laws in 14 states ... Read more

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Whooping Cough Shot Works, But Many Moms-to-Be Skip It: CDC

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Tdap vaccination during pregnancy prevents whooping cough in about three-quarters of newborns – but only about half of mothers-to-be get the shot, a new U.S. study reveals. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed 2011-2014 data from six states on babies younger than 2 months. The investigators found that Tdap vaccination in the third trimester of pregnancy prevented 78 percent of whooping cough ("pertussis") cases. Vaccination during the third trimester was also 90 percent effective in preventing serious cases requiring hospitalization, according to the study. However, only 49 percent of pregnant women who had babies between fall 2015 and spring 2016 received the vaccine, the researchers found. "Women have such a great opportunity to help protect their babies before they enter the world by getting Tdap vaccine while ... Read more

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Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland who were born at full-term (37 to 42 weeks) and had their cardiorespiratory fitness assessed at ages 12, 15 and 22. Those born at 37 to 38 weeks had a 57 percent higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness when they were teens and young adults compared to those born between 39 and 42 weeks. Each extra week of full-term pregnancy was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk, the Australian researchers reported. Diet, physical activity and smoking behavior did not affect the findings, according to the study published Sept. 27 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "We believe that earlier births – even within the at-term range – may interrupt normal development and lead ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 88,000 mother-child pairs in China. The mothers' blood pressure was checked in each trimester of pregnancy. The children were then weighed when they were between the ages of 4 and 7. Compared to children whose mothers had lower blood pressure during pregnancy, children of mothers with high blood pressure during the second trimester were 49 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The risk of childhood obesity was 14 percent higher among children whose mothers had high blood pressure during the third trimester. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that among pregnant women, elevated blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of overweight and obesity for their children," said study first ... Read more

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IUD Won't Interfere With Breast-Feeding

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Women who have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after childbirth can still breast-feed, according to a new study. There's no reason for women to delay using this type of birth control after having a baby, researchers advised. "Bottom line: Early placement of a hormonal IUD is a safe, long-term birth control method that doesn't negatively affect women who want to breast-feed their baby," study first author Dr. David Turok said in a University of Utah news release. Turok is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. For the study, researchers randomly divided more than 250 women into two groups. One group received a hormonal IUD within 30 minutes of giving birth. The other group received a hormonal IUD between four and 12 weeks after delivery. The study found that the hormones in the IUD did not delay lactation among the new ... Read more

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Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Three common mental health disorders – depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their babies, a new study finds. "I think a major take-home message is that women are not harming their babies if they have one of these psychiatric conditions," said study lead author Kimberly Yonkers of Yale University. She and her team followed more than 2,600 pregnant women at 137 clinical practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The researchers did find slight risks associated with certain psychiatric medications used to treat those conditions. For instance, babies of women who took benzodiazepines had slightly lower birth weights and needed additional ventilator support in 61 of 1,000 cases. Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), are ... Read more

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Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – During the nine months of pregnancy, many pregnant women have wondered – would one or two glasses of wine really put my baby at risk? And, unfortunately, researchers still don't know for sure. But a new review of several existing studies hints that small amounts of alcohol may slightly boost the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. The researchers acknowledge that the studies so far have been sparse and, in some cases, flimsy. Yet, there's "some evidence that even light alcohol consumption in pregnancy is associated with risk of delivering a small baby and, to some extent, also with the risk of premature delivery, although this was less clear," said review lead author Loubaba Mamluk. She's a researcher at the University of Bristol in England. Dr. Paul Jarris, chief medical officer of the March of Dimes, acknowledged that research hasn't been ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Women who breast-fed at least one child appear to have a lower risk for developing endometriosis, new research suggests. Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organ on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or another area. "We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis," said study author Leslie Farland. She is a research scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Given the chronic nature of endometriosis and that very few modifiable risk factors are currently known, breast-feeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce the risk of endometriosis among women after pregnancy," Farland said in a hospital news release. The study involved thousands of women who participated in the Nurses' Health ... Read more

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Mom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal Brain

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Chatting away on a cellphone while pregnant doesn't appear to have a negative effect on the brain development of the growing fetus, a new study reports. "The concern for harm to the fetus caused by radio frequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by mobile phones, is mainly driven by reports from experimental animal studies with inconsistent results," said study lead author Eleni Papadopoulou, with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. "Even though this is an observational study, our findings do not support the hypothesis of adverse effects on child's language, communication and motor skills due to the use of mobile phone during pregnancy," she said. The researchers examined a large pool of data from a population-based pregnancy study in Norway. The data included information from more than 45,000 women and their babies during pregnancy and ... Read more

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Suicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Pregnancy isn't always a happy time. Suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and recently pregnant women, a new study finds. "Suicide is up there with causes of death like bleeding and high blood pressure," said Dr. Richard Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago. "There's no question that pregnancy is a time when mental health issues like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts manifest themselves," added Silver, who wasn't involved in the study. Pregnant and recently pregnant women can be vulnerable to mental illness due to shifts in hormone levels, Silver said. Also, the "expectation that pregnancy should be a happy time" may be unrealistic, he suggested. For the study, Canadian researchers tracked women in Ontario from 1994 to 2008. They found that 5 percent of deaths during pregnancy or the ... Read more

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Zika Hijacks Pregnant Woman's Immune System

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – The Zika virus thrives in pregnant women by suppressing their already dampened immune systems and running roughshod over their body's natural defenses, which allows the virus to directly attack the fetus, a new study reports. A woman's immune system naturally suppresses itself during pregnancy to keep the body from recognizing the fetus as a foreign body and attacking it, explained senior researcher Jae Jung, chair of the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Zika hijacks this process, turning off most of a pregnant woman's immune defense so the virus can spread unhindered, Jung said. "The virus really tricks the host's immune system," Jung said. "It commandeers the pregnant woman's immune strategy to protect the fetus and utilizes that strategy for its own benefit." This helps ... Read more

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