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  1. Certain Birth Defects More Common Among Hispanics?

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic mothers are at especially high risk of having newborns with serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects, according to a new report. Also, more babies are born prematurely to Hispanics

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  2. 1 in 10 Moms-to-Be Get Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in 10 pregnant women in the United States develop the pregnancy complication called gestational diabetes, a new government study estimates. "Our results indicate that gestational diabetes prevalence is h

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  3. Number of Induced Labors Falling in U.S., CDC Says

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After almost two decades of steady increases, the number of U.S. infants born early due to induced labor and C-section has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and P

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  4. Antidepressants in Pregnancy and Baby's Heart

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants taken during the first three months of pregnancy don't appear to increase the risk of heart defects in babies, new research suggests. However, this latest study contradicts previous research that

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  5. Pregnant or Breast-feeding Women Urged to Eat Fish

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant or breast-feeding women should increase their weekly consumption of fish, as long as it's lower in mercury, according to new advice issued Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environme

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  6. Having Babies May Be 'Contagious' Among Old Friends

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting pregnant may be contagious among long-time friends -- when one woman has a baby, her former high school classmates are more likely to intentionally get pregnant within the next two years, according to new research

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  7. Can Fire Retardants Raise Risk of Children Born With Lower IQs?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study bolsters the concerns of some scientists that hazardous levels of fire retardants in furniture and other products may harm children before they are born. A team of researchers from the University of Cincinnat

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  8. Iodine Deficiency Common in Pregnancy, Docs Warn

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians. Iodine, generally obtained from iodized salt, produces th

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  9. Music Especially Stimulating During Pregnancy?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Music moves people in many ways. And it appears to cause especially strong reactions in pregnant women, a new study finds. Moms-to-be showed greater changes in blood pressure in response to music than other women and had

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  10. Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- How newborns receive the colonies of helpful bacteria that reside in all people and make human life possible has been a mystery. A new study suggests that the placenta -- long thought a sterile environment -- actually

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