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    1. Prenatal Vitamin D and Baby's Asthma Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistica

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    2. Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Tied to Newborn Death Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants whose mothers were obese before pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of death, according to a new study. But even though the researchers found that pre-pregnancy obesity was related to worse outcomes for infa

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    3. More Evidence Preterm Birth May Raise Autism Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age 4, although the research questions just how high the odds are. The Australian study, published online Jan. 21

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    4. During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer during or just after pregnancy are at greater risk from the cancer than other women, a new study finds. Pregnancy hormones may fuel the most deadly type of skin cancer, the rese

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    5. Blood Test May Help Rule Out Preeclampsia

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test might help doctors identify pregnant women who are unlikely to develop a dangerous complication called pre-eclampsia, despite having suspicious signs or symptoms. That's the finding of a study in the Jan. 7

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    6. Home Births Linked to Higher Infant Death Risk

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born outside of a hospital are more likely to be stillborn, or to die within a year of birth, a new Oregon study suggests. However, the risk of death in both groups was small. The study found nearly four deaths f

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    7. Home Births May Be Safe for 'Low-Risk' Pregnancies

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies born at home seem to fare as well as similar babies born in a hospital, a new Canadian study finds. However, the researchers only looked at pregnancies considered to be low risk, and emergency services did have

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    8. Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal Care

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young mothers and infants might get significant health benefits from group prenatal care, a new study indicates. Group prenatal care includes all the same components as individual care. But it provides additional time for

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    9. Planned or Emergency C-Section: Baby Health Risks?

      Dec. 15, 2015 -- Babies born by planned cesarean section have more health problems than those born by emergency C-section or vaginal birth, according to a new study. The findings suggest that labor may give babies a healthier start, even if the labor has to be interrupted by C-section, The New York

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    10. U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Record Low: CDC

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, federal officials reported Friday. Abortions fell 35 percent between 1990 and 2010, reaching 17.7 procedures per 1,000

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