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Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

July 29, 2014

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds.
The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women’s red blood cells. The findings from this study — conducted by an international [...]


Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

July 28, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report.
Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks’ gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary [...]


Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

July 25, 2014

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies seem to learn even before they’re born, a new study suggests.
By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother’s voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme, the researchers report.
“The mother’s voice is the predominant source of sensory stimulation [...]


Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

July 22, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests.
“We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to [...]


Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

July 21, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.
The new study also hints — but doesn’t prove — that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose [...]


Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds

July 9, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds.
Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood and beyond. But the long-term health [...]


Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Newborns, Study Finds

July 9, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds.
Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood and beyond. But the long-term health [...]


Having a C-Section? Ask About THIS Incision Closure

July 9, 2014

Women who deliver their baby by cesarean section are less likely to suffer complications if sutures — rather than staples — are used to close the incision, a new study says.


Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study

July 8, 2014

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who deliver their baby by cesarean section are less likely to suffer complications if sutures — rather than staples — are used to close the incision, a new study says.
“This study clearly shows that women who undergo C-section have fewer wound complications after suture closure than [...]


Home Nurse Visits May Improve Survival of Moms, Babies

July 7, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Home visits from nurses during pregnancy and a child’s first two years help improve survival odds for both mothers and children, according to new research.
The study followed more than 1,100 mother-child pairs from disadvantaged, urban neighborhoods in Memphis, Tenn., for two decades. Poor women have [...]



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