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  1. Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Linked to Slight Risk of Rare Birth Defects

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- New research provides some reassuring news for many pregnant women who have asthma. Treating your asthma during pregnancy most likely does not increase your baby’s risk for most major birth defects, a new study shows. There was, however, a small increased risk for certain rare birth

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  2. Certain Antidepressants May Raise Lung Condition Risk in Newborns

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Pregnant women who use certain popular antidepressants may have a twofold increased risk for delivering babies with a rare but serious lung disorder, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national registry data from 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries in an effort to deter

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  3. U.S. Twin Birth Rate at All-Time High

    Jan. 4, 2012 -- More pregnant women are getting more than they may have expected, according to a report on 30-year trends in twin births. In 2009, 1 in every 30 babies born in the United States was a twin, compared with 1 in every 53 babies in 1980, according to the “Data Brief” from the CDC’s Natio

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  4. Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children's Blood Vessels

    Dec. 26, 2011 -- If women didn’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking before pregnancy, here’s a big one: Smoking during pregnancy may set their child up for blood vessel damage, a new study shows. Dutch scientists enrolled more than 250 children. When the children were 4 weeks old, their bod

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  5. Hormone Treatment May Drastically Reduce Preterm Births

    Dec. 14, 2011 -- A new finding may help many of the millions of women around the world at risk for premature birth. The hormone progesterone, when given vaginally, reduced preterm birth by 42% in women at risk of premature delivery due to a short cervix, a new analysis shows. The cervix is the lower

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  6. Some of World's Tiniest Preemies Are Growing Up Healthy

    Dec. 12, 2011 -- Against heavy odds, the world's tiniest and the fourth-smallest surviving infants have had normal childhood development, a new study shows, although the girls’ heights and weights still lag behind other kids the same age. Little information is available to doctors and parents on how

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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