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  1. U.S. Preemie Birth Rate Continues to Fall: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The preterm birth rate in the United States fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2012 -- and that 11.5 percent rate is a 15-year low, a new report says. Six states -- Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont -

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  2. Pregnancy Weight Gain and Autism Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Modest weight gain during pregnancy might be a sign for autism risk among newborns, new research suggests. Investigators took pains to stress that it is not weight gain itself that is being tagged as a cause of autism. Nor do the c

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  3. Ob/Gyns Change Pregnancy Length Definitions

    New definitions of preterm and full term pregnancies have been released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Until now, a baby was considered preterm if born before 37 weeks of pregnancy and full term if born anytime from 37 to 42 weeks, the Associated Press reported. The new

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  4. IUD Won't Hurt Future Fertility, Study Contends

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, do not impair women's future fertility, according to a new study. Researchers in Guangdong, China found that once these contraceptive devices are removed, women have relat

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  5. Popular Morning Sickness Drug Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-nausea medication metoclopramide appears to be a safe and effective treatment for morning sickness, Danish researchers report. More than 40,000 women exposed to metoclopramide while pregnant did not face any increase

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  6. Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Two plastics chemicals -- bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates -- may reduce the reproductive ability of both men and women, according to a new pair of small, early studies. Women with high levels of BPA in their blood have an 80

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  7. Women in Labor May Be Fine Taking in Nourishment

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now. Researchers say that allowin

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  8. Don't Rule Out Vaginal Delivery for Twins: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A vaginal delivery for women pregnant with twins may be just as safe as a planned cesarean-section delivery of the babies, a new study says. In the hands of an experienced obstetrician, there are no differences in serious adve

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  9. Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy May Affect Infants

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Young children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb are at increased risk of having impaired fine motor skills, according to a new study. Exposure to the drugs in breast milk, however, does not appear to pose a threat. Rese

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  10. Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a body-mass index (BMI) that is too low or too high are at increased risk for complications and additional hospitalization, according to a new Scottish study. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height

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