Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas

July 22, 2016

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite warnings, an increasing number of pregnant women from New York City are traveling to Zika-affected areas and then getting tested when they come home, the city’s health department says.
The Zika virus can cause miscarriage and serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, which leads to babies born with […]

New Clues to Zika’s Threat to Fetus, and How to Stop It

July 19, 2016

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Maternal infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus can pose serious dangers to the fetus.
Now, scientists say they’ve gained new insight into how the virus infects the fetus, and a potential means of preventing infection.
Zika can cause serious birth defects if a woman becomes infected while pregnant. Thousands of […]

First Baby Arrived Early? Second Baby Probably Will, Too

July 13, 2016

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests.

Smoking in Pregnancy May Be Under-Reported

July 7, 2016

THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A significantly higher percentage of American women may be smoking while pregnant than researchers have previously believed, a new study suggests.
The finding is based on urine tests that can measure nicotine exposure compared to what pregnant women report about their smoking habits.
“We have long suspected that smoking status […]

U.S. Army, French Drugmaker to Join Forces on Zika Vaccine

July 6, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Wednesday that it’s joining with U.S. Army researchers to work on a vaccine for Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects, primarily in Brazil.
Brazil is the site of the upcoming Summer Olympics.
Sanofi Pasteur said it will begin […]

Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks: Study

July 5, 2016

TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A flu shot during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu for about two months after birth, a new study finds.
Previous studies have shown that flu vaccination during pregnancy helps protect newborns. This study shows the length of protection is likely limited to the first eight weeks of life, […]

Many Smartphone ‘Fertility Apps’ May Not Work

July 1, 2016

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A smartphone app probably won’t help you get pregnant or avoid pregnancy, researchers report.
“Smartphone apps are increasing in popularity because more and more women are interested in using natural or fertility awareness-based methods of family planning,” said study leader Dr. Marguerite Duane.
These women want “to feel empowered with […]

Babies with Normal-Shaped Heads Could Still Be Affected by Zika, Report Says

June 30, 2016

In the ongoing crisis around Zika-linked birth defects, attention has been largely focused on infants born with too-small heads, or microcephaly.

Zika Infection May Give Future Immunity, Monkey Study Suggests

June 28, 2016

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Infection with the Zika virus may protect against future infection, but pregnancy seems to extend how long the mosquito-borne virus stays in the body, a new study in monkeys suggests.
“We have good news for most people: If you are not pregnant and not at risk of becoming pregnant, […]

Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine ‘Feasible’

June 28, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Studies involving mice support the effectiveness of two vaccine candidates against the Zika virus, scientists say.
This “critical first step” is leading to trials in monkeys and humans, “and gives us early confidence that development of a protective Zika virus vaccine for humans is feasible,” said […]


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