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Flu Season Off to a Slow Start … for Now

November 21, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that’s likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
“We are starting to see a little more flu in the country, […]

Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults

November 20, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests.
But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added.
“Mothers who are […]

Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

November 18, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies.
The study covers a […]

Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children

November 17, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports.
That means that for the first time in history, complications from preterm births are the leading killer of […]

Mom’s Weight Might Influence Baby’s Earliest Development

November 14, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mother’s weight before pregnancy may affect her embryo’s early development and possibly the long-term health of the child, a new study suggests.
“Previous studies have indicated that a mother’s weight at conception is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in the children later in life,” […]

Medical Products Used With Preemies in Hospitals May Harm Them, Study Suggests

November 13, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Plastic medical products used to care for premature babies in hospitals may expose the infants to high levels of a chemical that could harm their health, a new study indicates.
Researchers found that premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be exposed to levels of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births

November 13, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation.
For the study, researchers looked at data from almost 2 million single-baby births in Denmark between 1977 and 2008. They found that […]

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

November 11, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found.
The Tdap vaccine doesn’t increase an expecting mothers’ risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight newborns, or the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, said […]

PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth

November 6, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman’s risk of premature birth, according to a new study.
Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased the risk of spontaneous […]

Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say

November 6, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday.
And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deliveries has declined consistently each year […]


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