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  1. Studies Identify Stillbirth Risk Factors, Causes

    Dec. 13, 2011 -- Although many risk factors for stillbirth are out of a woman's control, others can be changed to help lower risk, new research shows. The cause of death can be identified for many stillbirths, researchers have also found. That can help parents heal. "The good news is, a lot of the r

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  2. Eating Rice May Raise Arsenic Levels

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- On the heels of new revelations about arsenic in grape and apple juice, a new study shows that rice may be a significant source of arsenic in the diets of pregnant women. Exposure during pregnancy is a concern, experts say, because arsenic is able to cross the placenta and may harm a

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  3. Teen Birth Rate at Record Low

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- The U.S. teen birth rate is the lowest in nearly seven decades. Reality TV shows such as 16 and Pregnant and high-profile teen moms have put teen motherhood in the media spotlight lately. Some public health experts worried that this could be glamorizing teen pregnancy and motherhood

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  4. Preterm Birth Rates Heading in Right Direction, Barely

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Preterm birth rates improved in nearly every state between 2006 and 2009, but the United States still merited only a "C" on the March of Dimes' latest Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. rate rose to a peak of 12.8% in 2006. It declined to 12.3% in 2008 and, according to preliminar

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  5. Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Future Diabetes

    Oct. 21 2011 -- African-American women who develop pregnancy-related diabetes, called gestational diabetes, are more likely to develop diabetes in the future, a new study shows. According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes affects 18% of pregnancies. Some women with gestation

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  6. More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shots

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Pregnant women are more likely to get a flu shot than they were a few years ago, and for good reason: Evidence continues to mount that the vaccine safely protects both mother and newborn from influenza and its complications. One new study shows that pregnant women who get a flu shot

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  7. Is High Blood Pressure Linked to Birth Defects?

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- A new study may put hypertension during pregnancy under more scrutiny. Women who take blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors during the first trimester of their pregnancy may be no more likely to have babies with birth defects than women with hypertension who take other types of

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  8. Common Chemical May Disrupt Kids' Development

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- A chemical found in a wide range of consumer products may be harmful to children's mental and behavioral development and muscular coordination, a study shows. The study is published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are used to make plastics mor

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  9. Some Common Painkillers Linked to Miscarriage Risk

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- The use of certain non-aspirin anti-inflammatory painkillers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, a large new study shows. The study included more than 52,000 pregnant women in Canada. It found that miscarriage rates were more than twice as high

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  10. Snuff Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful to Newborns

    Aug. 29, 2011 -- Most moms-to-be are aware that you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy, but some have a hard time kicking the habit. Some turn to smokeless tobacco like snuff or other nicotine-replacement products. But these products -- and the nicotine they release - are harmful for newborns, a study

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