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Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

January 28, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn’t seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.
That’s the conclusion of a clinical trial reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England […]


It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

January 28, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and babies in developed countries, the researchers say.
“This study provides substantial evidence of a very promising and potentially cost-effective new intervention to add to present health […]


A Son’s Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

January 27, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date.
“My child sat right in the palm of my hands,” Jackson recalled. “He was very, very fragile. It was 25 […]


Could Premature Birth Affect Adult Relationships, Self-Esteem?

January 26, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young adults who were born prematurely are less likely than their peers to have intimate relationships, and may see themselves as somewhat less attractive, a new study suggests.
Finnish researchers found that young adults who’d been born just a few weeks early gave themselves slightly lower […]


A Third of Young Women Fill Narcotic Painkiller Prescriptions Every Year

January 23, 2015

Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds

January 21, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More extremely premature U.S. infants — those born after only 22 to 28 weeks of gestation — are surviving, a new study finds.
From 2000 to 2011, deaths among these infants from breathing complications, underdevelopment, infections and nervous system problems all declined. However, deaths from […]


Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury’s Harms?

January 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests.
Three decades of research in the Seychelles, the islands in the Indian Ocean, found no developmental problems in children born to women who consume […]


Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

January 15, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday.
That decrease means 1,300 fewer babies are born annually with neural tube […]


Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study

January 8, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who sleep on their backs in the later months of pregnancy may have a relatively higher risk of stillbirth if they already have other risk factors, a new study suggests.
Experts stressed that the findings do not prove that sleep position itself affects stillbirth risk.
“We […]


Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study

January 8, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who have low blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests.
Women with the lowest levels of vitamin D were about 1.5 times as likely to deliver early compared to those with the highest levels, […]



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