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In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

March 3, 2015

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows.
Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported.
Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth […]

1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

February 27, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds.
The lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia often occurs in children who were born prematurely. Not surprisingly, exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful […]

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

February 25, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — After undergoing weight-loss surgery, women are significantly less prone to diabetes during pregnancy but twice as likely to deliver smaller-than-normal infants, a new study suggests.
Swedish scientists found that weight-loss (or “bariatric”) surgery before pregnancy lowers the chances of certain complications for mothers and babies but […]

Sound of Mother’s Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth

February 23, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests.
Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies’ brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings […]

Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys’ Reproductive Development

February 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When expectant mothers are exposed to plastics chemicals called phthalates during the first trimester, their male offspring may have a greater risk of infertility later in life, a new study suggests.
Boys exposed to the chemical diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) may be born with a significantly shorter […]

Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study

February 16, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop diabetes as adults, new research suggests.
The finding is based on the tracking of 1,800 women whose mothers had been participants in an earlier study.
All the mothers had received obstetric care in the […]

Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

February 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report.
Opioids, such as OxyContin, are powerful narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse and addiction, the study authors noted.
The incidence of opioid […]

Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers

February 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who have a preterm baby may face an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a preliminary study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from 10 large studies conducted in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden to examine the possible link between spontaneous preterm delivery and heart disease risk. The […]

Some Tiny Preemies Show Poorer Mental Health in Adulthood

February 9, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who were born very preterm may be at higher-than-normal risk of anxiety disorders and certain other mental health issues, even into their 30s, a new study suggests.
Those risks, researchers found, appeared particularly elevated among those who had been exposed to prenatal steroid medication.
Corticosteroids are […]

Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds

February 6, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Premature babies have an increased risk of developing asthma, but are likely to grow out of the disease, new research says.
“The study confirms that those born prematurely [less than 37 weeks of pregnancy] are more likely to suffer asthmatic symptoms and lung conditions than other children. However, the […]


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