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Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies?

September 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who live in leafy, green neighborhoods are less likely to have premature or low birth weight babies, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 64,000 births in Vancouver, Canada, and found that expectant mothers who lived in a neighborhood with plenty of trees, grass [...]


Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement

September 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well [...]


Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

September 17, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child’s future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study.
Children had nearly an 80 percent increased risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11 if their mothers [...]


Researchers Don’t See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

September 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won’t provide any long-term benefits for infants.
After analyzing the effects of magnesium sulfate given to pregnant women, researchers in Australia found it had no benefit on brain, behavioral, growth [...]


Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications

September 15, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Births of multiple babies cost more and pose greater risks for complications and death than singleton births, researchers report.
The researchers suggest that limiting embryo transfers for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) could ease some of that burden.
Over the past 30 years, multiple births have increased in tandem [...]


Failed Infertility Treatments Linked to Worse Mental Health

September 10, 2014

Women who continue to long for a baby years after infertility treatments fail have worse mental health than women who are able to let go of that desire, according to a large new European study.


Mom’s Response to Baby’s Cry a Matter of Memory

September 10, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mother’s response to her baby’s crying may be influenced by her own childhood, a new study reports.
The research involved 259 first-time mothers who were followed from pregnancy until their babies were 6 months old. It was conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [...]


Study Questions Link Between Antidepressants, Miscarriage

September 9, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some studies have found that women who use common antidepressants early in pregnancy face a raised risk of miscarriage, but new research suggests the link might be better explained by the depression, rather than the drugs that treat it.
Looking at records for more than 1.2 [...]


Give Aspirin to All Pregnant Women at Risk of Preeclampsia: U.S. Experts

September 8, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women at high risk for the pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin daily after 12 weeks of pregnancy, a panel of U.S. health experts recommends.
The recommendation came after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reviewed previous research and found that a [...]


Study Finds Drop in Kids’ Hospital-Related Infections

September 8, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer children are developing infections related to their care in the hospital than they were seven years ago, according to a new study.
The rate of bloodstream infections and pneumonia associated with critically ill children’s health care in intensive care units fell by more than 50 [...]



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