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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Could Fish Nutrients Shield Fetus From Mercury?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay 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

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    7. Low Vitamin D Levels Tied to Risk of Preterm Birth

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay 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 co

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    8. Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy and Stillbirth Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay 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 t

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    9. Low Birth Weight and Type 2 Diabetes Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study that confirms that underweight babies are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes later in life also identifies factors associated with that increased risk. The findings may help pinpoint which physical processe

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    10. FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get "keepsake" images and videos is no

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