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  1. Progress Toward Blood Test for Down Syndrome

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- A new blood test may help pregnant women who are at high risk for having a baby with Down syndrome avoid more invasive tests such as amniocentesis and chronic villus sampling (CVS). The blood test analyzes components of genetic material from both the pregnant woman and her fetus tha

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  2. Teen Births at Record Low, C-Sections at Record High

    Dec. 21, 2010 -- New data on U.S. births have broken three records, the CDC reported today. Record No. 1: The U.S. teen birth rate is the lowest since record-keeping began in 1940. Record No. 2: One in three U.S. babies (32.9%) are delivered by C-section. Record No. 3: The U.S. birth rate is the low

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  3. Odds of a Healthy Baby Increase With Single Embryo Transfer

    Dec. 21, 2010 -- Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are nearly five times more likely to carry a baby to term if they undergo a single embryo transfer instead of a double embryo transfer, according to an international study. Researchers led by D.J. McLemon, an investigator at the Universi

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  4. Chemo During Pregnancy OK

    Dec. 13, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Pregnant women who have breast cancer shouldn’t delay chemotherapy or schedule an early delivery to avoid exposing the baby to the drugs, doctors say. A review of the records of 313 pregnant women with breast cancer showed that nearly twice as many women who didn’t get

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  5. Mom's Blood Sample Yields Unborn Baby's Genetics

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- Using a blood sample from a mother-to-be, Hong Kong researchers have mapped the entire genome of her fetus, potentially opening the door for widespread noninvasive prenatal screening for genetic problems. ''This is indeed the first proof of concept study that genome-wide sequencing o

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  6. Restless Legs Syndrome in Pregnancy Linked to Later Risk

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- Women who had restless legs syndrome (RLS) while pregnant were four times more likely to have the condition again after their pregnancies, and were three times more likely to have the chronic form of the condition, according to a small European study. Researchers led by Mauro Manconi

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  7. Cell Phone Use in Pregnancy: Risks for Child?

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- Exposure to cell phones before birth and afterward may increase a child’s risk for developing certain behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, inattention, and problems getting along with peers, a study suggests. The study is published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and C

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  8. Acid-Reducing Drugs May Not Be Risky in Pregnancy

    Nov. 24, 2010 -- The popular over-the-counter and prescription acid-blocking drugs proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) do not appear to increase risk of birth defects when taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, a study shows. In the study, 2.6% of more than 840,000 live births occurring in Denmark

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  9. Slight Improvements in Preterm Birth Rates

    Nov. 17, 2010 -- A state-by-state review of preterm birth rates saw some slight improvements, but the United States overall still has a long way to go to meet the nation’s Healthy People objective of 7.6%, according to a report released by the March of Dimes. The nation’s preterm birth rate fell fro

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  10. Painkillers in Pregnancy Linked to Male Infertility

    Nov. 12, 2010 -- Common over-the-counter painkillers taken during pregnancy may be to blame for a global rise in male infertility. Even acetaminophen (Tylenol) may put a developing boy's future reproductive health at risk, suggest findings from a study of some 2,300 Danish and Finnish women by Henri

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