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  1. A Little Alcohol While Pregnant May Be OK?

    June 22, 2012 -- A drink or two each week during pregnancy may not affect a child's general intelligence at age 5, according to a new series of Danish studies. But expectant mothers who miss sipping the occasional cocktail should not necessarily raise a glass to toast the results. While the research

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  2. Blood Test May Spot Genetic Disease in Fetuses

    June 6, 2012 -- Samples of blood and saliva from parents-to-be may help identify thousands of genetic disorders in fetuses soon after conception without invasive testing, researchers say. In a study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Was

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  3. Many Pregnant Women Fear Exercising

    May 10, 2012 -- Are you pregnant and afraid to exercise? Though exercise during pregnancy has proven benefits for healthy women, many still fear it, according to a new study. "Despite what we have said over the last 10 years, pregnant women are still afraid exercise is going to hurt their child," sa

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  4. Pregnancy After 40: Healthy Weight Improves Risk

    May 9, 2012 -- Pregnancy after 40 does carry more risks, but being at a healthy weight before getting pregnant seems to modify those risks, new research suggests. "If you are healthy, over 40, and not obese, your risks of pregnancy complications are certainly less than an obese 40-year-old," says re

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  5. About 20% of White Women Smoke While Pregnant

    May 10, 2012 -- White women who are pregnant are more likely to smoke cigarettes than African-American or Hispanic mothers-to-be, a new government report shows. The study found that pregnant white women had high rates of cigarette smoking at 21.8% compared with 14.2% among African-American women and

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  6. U.S. Ranks 131st in Preterm Births

    May 2, 2012 -- Preterm birth rates are higher in the United States than in 130 other countries, including many poorer nations, according to a new report from the March of Dimes Foundation, the World Health Organization, and other leading health agencies. The report, which provides the first-ever est

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  7. New Earlier, Noninvasive Paternity Test Developed

    May 2, 2012 -- Researchers say they've found a way to identify the father of a baby as early as the eighth week of pregnancy. The new method, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, uses fetal DNA isolated from the mother's blood. The test has already been used to prove an affair in a murde

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  8. One Baby per Hour Born Drug Dependent

    April 30, 2012 -- The number of U.S. babies born dependent on drugs nearly tripled between 2000 and 2009, researchers reported today. Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, leading to withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly stopped. Newborns can be drug de

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  9. Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Kids' Brains

    April 30, 2012 -- Prenatal exposure to a pesticide used on many crops may be linked with abnormal changes in a child's developing brain, scientists report. Compared to children with low prenatal exposure, those with high exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos had abnormalities in the cortex (the out

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  10. Children Born to Unmarried Couples on the Rise

    April 12, 2012 -- Over the last decade, while many fertility trends have remained stable in the U.S., one definitely has not: the number of first births among unmarried couples who were living together. Among women ages 15 to 44, that figure has risen from 12% of first births in 2002 to 22% between

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