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Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

October 1, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving teenage girls free birth control — especially long-acting implanted devices — could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest.
In a study of 1,400 teenage girls, researchers found that counseling and free contraceptives substantially cut the girls’ [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest risk factor for diabetes during pregnancy (“gestational diabetes”) was being overweight or obese during pregnancy. [...]

Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows.
In all, 6.3 million children under 5 died in 2013, said researchers who examined the leading causes of death. They were complications from premature birth, resulting in [...]

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.
However, both the study’s lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can’t prove that birth spacing has [...]

Recessions May Thwart a Woman’s Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

September 30, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests.
Women in their early 20s appear most likely to choose not to have a child during [...]

IUDs, Implants Should Be First-Line Birth Control for Teen Girls: Pediatrics Group

September 29, 2014

Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state.

Better-Informed Women Order Fewer Prenatal Gene Tests, Study Finds

September 26, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The more they know about prenatal genetic testing, the less likely pregnant women are to have the tests, a new study finds.
“Our findings show that prenatal testing is not appropriate for everyone, and that all women need information that is readily understood and unbiased to enable them to [...]

Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do.
This Michigan-based study of women covered by Medicaid — the publicly funded insurance program for the poor — found only 14 percent [...]

U.S. Still Lags in Infant Mortality Rates, Report Finds

September 24, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More babies are dying before they turn 1-year-old in the United States than in most of Europe and several other developed countries, a new U.S. government report says.
A greater proportion of premature births and deaths of full-term babies are driving the higher rate, which puts [...]

Some Women Need Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say

September 23, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — All sexually active women 24 years and younger should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The influential panel of experts also recommend testing for the two infections for all older [...]


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