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Many Flu Infections Aren’t Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

December 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza […]

Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

December 18, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to […]

Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

December 17, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While women’s hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner’s pregnancy progresses.
“There are hormonal changes going on with men as well, and they occur earlier than other studies have suggested,” said lead researcher Robin […]

FDA Warns Against Fetal ‘Keepsake’ Videos

December 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends.
Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get “keepsake” images and videos is not entirely risk-free, the agency warns.
“Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound […]

Many Americans Still Haven’t Gotten a Flu Shot

December 11, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than half of Americans have gotten a flu shot so far this flu season, which might be a bad sign for a season that could be potentially severe, infectious-disease experts said Thursday.
Worse, some people are thinking about skipping this year’s flu shot, based on […]

Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study

December 10, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children exposed in the womb to higher amounts of two chemicals commonly found in plastics may be at higher risk for lower IQ, a new study suggests.
The two compounds, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), are part of a class of chemicals called phthalates […]

Many Women Don’t Lose Those Pregnancy Pounds, Study Finds

December 9, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women’s fears that pregnancy pounds will linger are validated by new research that suggests three-quarters of new mothers are heavier a year after giving birth than they were before becoming pregnant.
Analyzing data from nearly 800 low-income women, researchers also found that one-third of those of […]

Drug Labels Will Become Clearer for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

December 5, 2014

A new labeling system should give women and their doctors clearer information on the risks and benefits of prescription medicines when taken during pregnancy and breast-feeding, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report

December 4, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected.
In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of […]

Kids Who Were Preemies More Vulnerable to Flu Complications: Study

December 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children who were born prematurely are twice as likely to develop pneumonia and other flu-related complications, so they should be first in line for flu shots every year, researchers suggest.
However, current U.S., U.K. and World Health Organization guidelines do not identify these kids as a high-risk group for […]


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