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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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