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    1. Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigs 'Safer'

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What's more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes cont

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    2. Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay 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

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    3. Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay 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

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    4. Gestational Diabetes Drug and Complication Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay 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

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    5. Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy,"

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    6. Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all pregnant women gain more weight than recommended during pregnancy, a new study finds. "This is a concern because gaining too much weight has health consequences for both mothers and infants," said stud

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    7. Depression in Pregnancy and Child's Asthma Risk

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child's mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests. However, more than 80 percent

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    8. Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers -- a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what's called neonatal abstinence syndrome as th

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    9. In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, t

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    10. 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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