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  1. 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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  2. 'Mommy Brain' May Trigger Brain Growth

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- ''Mommy brain" -- used to describe that spacey, sleep-deprived state when new moms tend to forget things and act scatterbrained -- may not be the whole story on what happens to women's brains after giving birth. Motherhood may actually trigger brain growth, with changes in areas of

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  3. Season of Birth May Affect Kids’ Allergies

    Oct. 19, 2010 -- The season in which babies are born could affect their susceptibility to food allergies early in life, new research indicates. Finnish scientists studied just under 6,000 children born between 2001 and 2006 in southeast Finland. About 1,000 were tested for sensitization to food alle

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  4. New Clues to Vitamin D-Insulin Sensitivity Link?

    Oct. 11, 2010 (San Diego) --  Higher levels of vitamin D in newborns are linked with better insulin sensitivity at age 3, perhaps reducing their obesity risk, according to a new study. "This study suggests that higher vitamin D levels at birth may protect against insulin resistance, which is linked

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  5. BPA in Pregnancy: Cashiers, Canned Veggie Eaters Beware?

    Oct. 8, 2010 -- Pregnant women who work as cashiers, are exposed to tobacco smoke, or eat lots of canned veggies may have higher urinary levels of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), according to a new study. These levels tended to ebb and flow throughout pregnancy, according to the study,

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  6. Light Drinking During Pregnancy: No Harm to Baby?

    Oct. 5, 2010 - Pregnant women who have up to two alcoholic drinks per week do not harm their children, a U.K. study shows. More than 11,500 children and their mothers were included in the study. Mothers were first asked about their alcohol use when the kids were 9 months old. The children were last

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  7. Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Linked to High Blood Pressure

    Oct. 1, 2010 -- Getting too much or too little sleep during the first trimester may increase a woman’s risk of developing elevated blood pressure and its related complications later in pregnancy, according to a new study. Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure is a symptom of preeclampsia, a serious

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  8. Study: No Proven Morning Sickness Treatments

    Sept. 8, 2010 -- Treatments for morning sickness, the nausea and vomiting experienced by up to 80% of pregnant women, are plentiful, from using acupuncture or eating ginger to taking vitamin B6. But the evidence that any of these treatments work is limited, according to a new review. ''There's no st

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  9. Sex Not on Most New Moms’ Minds

    Sept. 1, 2010 -- When her ob-gyn said she could start having sex again six weeks after giving birth, writer Heidi Raykeil’s first thought was, “Can’t I have another six weeks?” “I wanted to want sex, but I just didn’t,” she tells WebMD. “I had absolutely no interest.” More than a year later, when th

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  10. C-Section Rates Are High and Getting Higher

    Aug. 30, 2010 -- Cesarean section deliveries are at an all-time high in the U.S. and are expected to keep rising, and new government-funded research may help explain the trend. Nearly one in three babies are now delivered surgically -- up from one in five just over a decade ago. Previously recognize

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