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  1. Natural Conception Later in Life Tied to This Perk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who naturally have babies after age 33 tend to live longer than those who had their last child before age 30, a new study finds. This may be because gene variations that enable women to have babies at a later age

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  2. Obama Wants Women to Have Paid Maternity Leave

    June 24, 2014 -- President Barack Obama hosted a daylong summit Monday to persuade more employers to adopt family friendly policies, but he said the federal government itself needs to do more in that regard. For example, he'd like to change the fact that the United States is the only industrialized

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  3. Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy & Autism Risk

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. The risk that a child would develop autism appe

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  4. Many Babies Delivered Early Without Medical Need

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than three percent of U.S. babies are delivered early without a medical reason, a new study finds. "Our study showed that early elective deliveries made up more than 3 percent of U.S. births each year over the past 20

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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