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Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

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-- Folic acid is a form of vitamin B that's important for women, especially those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant. Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects. The vitamin is available in supplements, and is found naturally in leafy green vegetables, oranges and beans. It's also available in fortified foods, such as breads, pastas and cereals. Women need about 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day, and pregnant women should get 400 mcg to 800 mcg daily, the Office of Women's Health says. In addition to protecting against birth defects, folic acid prevents a condition calledfolate-deficiency anemia, which is most common in women of childbearing age. Read more

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Morning Sickness Drug, Diclegis, May Not Work: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – The most commonly prescribed medicine for morning sickness may not work, a new report contends. The drug, Diclegis, failed to meet minimum effectiveness goals in the clinical trial relied upon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its approval in 2013, Canadian researchers reported. "There was a very small difference between the women who got a placebo and the women who got this medicine," said Dr. Nav Persaud, a researcher and family physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Given that, the FDA should reconsider its approval of Diclegis, Persaud said. "I think medications should only be approved and prescribed if they're proved to be effective," Persaud said. "The very basic question that needs to be answered is if it's effective. If the medication is not effective, it doesn't matter if it's safe or not." But one of the nation's leading medical ... Read more

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Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

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TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – It's often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms – preventing type 2 diabetes. "We found that a longer duration of breast-feeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women," said lead study author Erica Gunderson. In fact, women who breast-fed more than six months had about half the risk for type 2 diabetes as did women who never breast-fed, according to Gunderson. She is an epidemiologist and senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California's division of research in Oakland. In babies, breast-feeding has been linked to a reduced risk for infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, some cancers and childhood overweight and obesity. In mothers, breast-feeding helps return to pre-pregnancy weight and decrease postpartum blood ... Read more

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Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

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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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Having Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

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THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine – a mineral that helps regulate metabolism – is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in a new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant, those with moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency were 46 percent less likely to get pregnant during each menstrual cycle than those with sufficient iodine levels. Even women with mildly deficient iodine levels had a slightly harder time getting pregnant, according to researchers led by Dr. James Mills of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Women who are thinking of becoming pregnant may need more iodine," said Mills, who conducted the study along with colleagues at the New York state ... Read more

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

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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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Health Tip: Ways to Bond With Baby

Posted 19 days ago by

-- Early encounters between parents and a newborn help the infant feel more secure. The time it takes to bond varies from a few hours to a few weeks. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to promote bonding between you and baby: If you chose to breast-feed, your baby will identify with your smell and touch during feedings. If you bottle feed, your baby can become acquainted with your smell and touch, as well. Hold baby skin-to-skin when you can. Make eye contact with baby. Respond to baby when he or she cries. Play with baby. Talk, read and sing to baby to help him or her become acquainted with the sound of your voice. Read more

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Epilepsy Drug, #Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost the risk that their child will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. That risk increase specifically applies to women with epilepsy, who typically take topiramate at an average daily dosage of 200 milligrams (mg). However, topiramate is also sometimes taken at a lower dosage to control migraines, treat bipolar disorder or in combination with other drugs to lose weight. Pregnant women who take it for these reasons also may face an increased risk. The study found that pregnant women who take it during their first trimester at an average dosage of 100 mg for reasons other than epilepsy boost their child's risk for a cleft lip or palate by ... Read more

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More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – An analysis of urine samples from roughly 300,000 California women finds that more than 7 percent used marijuana while pregnant. What's more, rates of pot use in pregnancy have steadily risen over the years – from 4.2 percent of women in 2009 to 7.1 percent just seven years later. That's according to the new report from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a major regional health care group. "Use among [pregnant] females younger than 18 to age 24 years increased the most," added the team led by Kelly Young-Wolff, a Kaiser researcher in Oakland. Among this youngest group, use of pot during pregnancy rose from 12.5 percent in 2009 to nearly 22 percent by 2016. Rates of use were highest among the young, and dropped steadily as age rose during pregnancy, the researchers said. There was one important caveat to the survey: Urine samples were taken at eight weeks ... Read more

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Spoon-Feeding Not Necessarily Safer for Infants

Posted 16 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found. The British study involved more than 1,100 mothers with babies 4 to 12 months old. The women reported how they introduced solid foods to their child, what foods they gave their baby and whether the baby had ever choked while eating. There was no difference in the frequency of choking incidents among babies who were allowed to feed themselves some finger foods and those who were strictly spoon-fed, the study found. Babies today often are introduced to solid foods when they're about 6 months old – a few months later than what was once common, according to the study's authors. Research has shown that waiting longer to offer solid foods can help reduce the risk for certain health issues, such as ... Read more

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Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) was taken by the mother-to-be. However, taking amphetamines for ADHD did not carry the same risk, researchers said. "Our findings suggest a small increase in the risk of cardiac malformations associated with first-trimester exposure to methylphenidate, but not to amphetamines," said study author Krista Huybrechts. She with Brigham and Women's Hospital's division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics, in Boston. "This information may be important to patients and their physicians as they weigh the risks and benefits of alternative treatment ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Get the Flu While Pregnant

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

-- The flu may be dangerous enough, but it's even more of a threat for women who are pregnant. All women should get the annual flu vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. If you do develop the flu while pregnant, the CDC suggests: Begin treatment as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs work best when started within 48 hours of symptoms. Antiviral drugs may diminish symptoms, make you feel better faster and help prevent serious complications for you and baby. Your doctor may suggest taking oral oseltamivir, which has been studied thoroughly. Fever during pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of birth defects. So if you develop a fever, contact your doctor immediately. Read more

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Do Heat Waves Shave Dollars Off a Baby's Future Earnings?

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Being pregnant during a heat wave may be more than uncomfortable: New research suggests it can shave dollars off your child's potential income. The study of over 12 million Americans found that the more often fetuses or infants were exposed to days topping 90 degrees, the less they earned as adults. Experts said the findings offer a new factor to consider in debates over climate change: More sweltering days could mean less money in people's pockets. Past research has hinted that extreme heat during pregnancy, or the first year of life, can have harmful effects – including higher risks of low birth weight and infant mortality. Now, the new study suggests there could be lasting effects. However, the researchers did not prove that heat waves cause someone's earning potential to plummet. Still, that's "completely new," said Alan Barreca, an associate professor at ... Read more

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Lock Eyes With Your Baby, Synchronize Brain Waves?

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – Gazing at your baby may do more than strengthen that bond with your newborn, a new study suggests. Eye contact between parents and their infants actually helps synchronize their brain waves, researchers report. "When the adult and infant are looking at each other, they are signaling their availability and intention to communicate with each other. We found that both adult and infant brains respond to a gaze signal by becoming more in sync with their partner," said study lead author Victoria Leong. She's an affiliated lecturer in the department of psychology at Cambridge University in England. "This mechanism could prepare parents and babies to communicate, by synchronizing when to speak and when to listen, which would also make learning more effective," Leong said in a university news release. Previous studies have shown that when parents and their infants ... Read more

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Health Tip: How to Clean a Breast Pump

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

-- Women who use a breast pump should make sure the device is well cleaned to prevent contamination. Breast pumps are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency suggests how to clean the device: As soon as possible after pumping, wash each piece separately using liquid dishwashing soap and plenty of warm water. Rinse each piece thoroughly with hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. Place the pieces on a clean paper towel or in a clean drying rack and allow them to air dry. Read more

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