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CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

February 5, 2016

Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over.


Daily Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

February 4, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who nibble just a small piece of chocolate each day may improve the circulatory health of their unborn child, a new study suggests.
The tiny treat may also reduce the risk for preeclampsia, a potentially deadly condition in which a pregnant woman with normal […]


Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight Gain

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests.
“We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes,” wrote researcher Dr. Francesca Facco, who’s with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health […]


Steroids Might Help More Than Just Very Premature Babies: Study

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving steroids to pregnant women at risk for late preterm delivery may reduce the risk of severe respiratory problems in their babies, a new study finds.
The study included more than 2,800 pregnant women with a high risk of late preterm delivery (34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy) who […]


Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Have Normal-Weight Babies

February 3, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving the diabetes drug metformin to obese pregnant women may not help their newborns come into the world at a healthier weight, a new trial finds.
The study, reported Feb. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to evidence that metformin does not curb […]


Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

February 3, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.
“The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable blood products possible to patients in need,” […]


Trying to Get Pregnant? Stop Drinking Alcohol to Cut the Risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, CDC Says

February 3, 2016

More than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday.


Babies Born Late May Be at Risk for Complications: Study

February 2, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Babies born weeks after their due date may be at increased risk for complications and illness that can land them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study suggests.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel examined data from about 23,500 women who had babies at Rabin […]


Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

February 2, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Local health officials in Texas have confirmed a case of Zika virus infection that was transmitted by sex, and not by the bite of a mosquito.
The virus, which is typically spread by mosquitoes, is suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil.
The Dallas County […]


WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

February 1, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat, based on the suspicion that the virus may be to blame for thousands of birth defects in Brazil in the past year.
While the Zika epidemic first surfaced in Brazil last […]




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