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  1. Preemies With Lung Disease and Secondhand Smoke

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds. The lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia often occurs in c

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  2. U.K. Approves '3-Parent Babies'

    Feb. 25, 2015 -- The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve laws that allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The British Parliament's House of Lords voted in favor of this modified form of in vitro fertilitzation (IVF) on Tuesday. Law-makers in the House of Commons

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  3. 5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy

    An unplanned pregnancy can be quite a shock, but there’s no reason to panic. You’re not alone. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are surprises. Here are the first five steps you should take.    1. Call your primary care doctor or ob/gyn and make an appointment. “It’s important to see your d

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  4. Getting Pregnant After 35: What Are My Chances?

    You're ready to have a baby! But if you're over 35, you might worry that you’ve missed your chance at motherhood. Rest assured, you can become a mom in your late 30s or even into your 40s. But you may not get pregnant as quickly or easily as a 20-something would. There’s no doubt that it's easier to

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  5. Your Best Days for Making a Baby

    You're ready to get pregnant, and you want to know when you're most likely to conceive. That means figuring out when you're ovulating. You can try to pick out your most fertile days on your own, but there are tests and kits that can give you a clearer idea of the best time for baby-making. First, re

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  6. Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally

    Only you can know if you’re emotionally ready to have a baby. But checking in with yourself is a smart way to start your journey to motherhood. Pregnancy is different for everyone. You can’t know exactly how the experience will be for you. And that’s OK. “Just because you don’t know what’s coming do

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  7. Your Pre-Pregnancy Checklist

    You may not be pregnant yet, but there’s plenty you can do now to make yourself as healthy as possible for a growing baby. Consider this your preconception to-do list: Make an appointment with your doctor. It’s true that you’ll be seeing your doctor plenty after you conceive, but it’s a good idea to

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  8. Big Increase in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report. Opioids, such as OxyContin, are powerful narcotic pain

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  9. Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to high levels of flame-retardant chemicals may be at increased risk for having premature babies, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed blood samples from pregnant women when they were admitted

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  10. Do Pregnant Women Need Blood Pressure Treatment?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay 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

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