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  1. Breastfeeding Helps Moms Lose Weight

    Dec. 8, 2008 -- Breastfeeding may help new mothers shed the baby weight. A new study examines the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum weight retention. The study, which looked at data for more than 25,000 women participating in the Danish National Birth Cohort, measured how long women

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  2. FAQ: Melamine in U.S. Baby Formula

    Nov. 26, 2008 -- Tiny "trace" amounts of potentially toxic melamine reportedly detected in U.S.-made infant formula pose little if any risk to kids, experts tell WebMD. Just before Thanksgiving, the Associated Press reported that the FDA had been testing U.S.-made baby formula for melamine. On the F

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  3. Parenthood: Life After Baby

    If you're about to begin maternity leave and looking forward to all the free time you'll have, WebMD is proud to offer you a reality check. Don't count on finishing home improvement projects, catching up on leisure reading, or watching all those programs stored on your TiVo. Here's how new parents r

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  4. Panel Criticizes FDA Bisphenol A Report

    Oct. 29, 2008 -- The controversy over the plastic chemical bisphenol A is heating back up, with a panel of scientists criticizing an FDA draft report on bisphenol A safety. Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastic -- including some water bottles and baby bottles --

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  5. Baby-Proof Your Sanity: 6 Parenting Tips

    Sleep deprivation combined with the constant demands of caring for a baby can test your limits. The challenges of having a new baby can take their toll, but while you are focusing on your bundle of joy, don't forget to take care of yourself. "The health of a family depends on the health of the mothe

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  6. Infant Mortality: U.S. Ranks 29th

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- The U.S. ranks 29th worldwide in infant mortality, tying Slovakia and Poland but lagging behind Cuba, the CDC reports. The CDC's latest estimates for international rankings are based on 2004 data. But as of 2005, the numbers haven't changed much since 2000. Nearly seven U.S. babies

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  7. Fan in Baby's Room May Lower SIDS Risk

    Oct. 6, 2008 -- Young infants who sleep in bedrooms with fans have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome than babies who sleep in less well-ventilated rooms, new research shows. Investigators concluded that sleeping with a fan lowers SIDS risk by more than 70%. Sleeping in a room with an open

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  8. Bisphenol A Tied to Health Problems

    Sept. 16, 2008 -- For the first time, the controversial plastic chemical bisphenol A has been linked to serious health problems -- heart disease and diabetes -- in people. Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is used in polycarbonate plastic -- hard plastic used in products including some baby bottles and

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  9. Bisphenol A: Some Concerns Remain

    Sept. 3, 2008 -- Government scientists today expressed some concern about the plastic chemical bisphenol A -- but about fewer health topics than they noted last spring. Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is found in polycarbonate plastic, including some water bottles and baby bottles, and in epoxy resins

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  10. Kids Poisoned by Adult Prescriptions

    Sept. 2, 2008 -- Most prescriptions carry the warning: "Keep away from children." But did you know that a child could die from swallowing just one dose of a popular painkiller? In recent years, thousands of very young children have swallowed prescription opioid painkillers meant for someone else in

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