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Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?

April 14, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests.
The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than 320,000 U.S. children, said study researcher […]

Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study

April 13, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds.
These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine […]

Women Born Early at Greater Risk of Delivering Preemies, Study Suggests

April 9, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who were born prematurely may be more likely to deliver their own babies early, a new study suggests.
Canadian researchers found that the odds of delivering a preterm infant — born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — rose more than 40 percent for women who […]

Placenta Test Measures Babies’ Exposure to Arsenic

April 7, 2015

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pregnant woman’s placenta can reliably measure exposure to the toxic metal arsenic in both the mother and her unborn baby, new research finds.
“Our findings show placental arsenic concentrations reflect both maternal and fetal biomarker concentrations,” said the study’s lead author, Tracy Punshon, a research assistant professor of […]

Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called ‘Major Advance’

April 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say.
The test exhibited perfect accuracy in a clinical trial, detecting Down syndrome in all 38 women whose children had […]

Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children

March 31, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking iron supplements during pregnancy doesn’t appear to significantly change any health outcomes for mom or baby, a new review shows.
A second review — this one on infants and toddlers — found no evidence that iron supplements improved growth or development.
Both conclusions come from a […]

Gestational Diabetes Drug Might Raise Babies’ Complication Risk

March 30, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When used to treat diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), the drug glyburide has been linked to a number of complications in the baby, according to a new study.
In fact, infants born to mothers given glyburide (DiaBeta) during pregnancy had a higher risk of […]

Kidney Dialysis Increasing for Pregnant Women

March 27, 2015

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that more pregnant women are developing kidney failure, an apparent product of the growing prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States.
Even though severe kidney disease lowers the likelihood of pregnancy, nearly half of 75 kidney specialists reported in a survey that they’d treated […]

E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children

March 27, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes may damage the developing brains of infants in the womb, as well as the brains of children and adolescents, suggests a new review of nicotine’s effects.
Animal experiments have shown that exposure to nicotine can harm developing lungs and brains, according to […]

Fetal Faces Seem to React to Mom’s Smoking

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a new study, 4-D scans of fetal faces showed differences in expression between those carried by women who smoked versus those carried by women who didn’t.
The British researchers believe the differences in fetal facial movements may point to the harm caused by smoking during pregnancy.
“Technology means […]


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