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  1. Breastfeeding Doesn't Make Breasts Sag

    Oct. 29, 2007 -- Breastfeeding doesn't increase breast sagging, a new study shows. "Expectant mothers should be reassured that breastfeeding does not appear to have an adverse effect upon breast appearance," report University of Kentucky plastic surgeon Brian Rinker, MD, and colleagues. They intervi

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  2. This Is What Adoption Feels Like

    By Gina Shaw It seems so simple, and in a very basic way, it is: There are children out there who need a warm and loving home, and there are families yearning to provide all that and more. But making it all come together; well, that part can get complex. Here's how five families found their way alon

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  3. Hormone May Help Mom and Baby Bond

    Oct. 16, 2007 -- The hormone oxytocin may help pregnant women bond with their babies after giving birth, a new study shows. Here is the study's key finding: A pregnant woman's oxytocin level during the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to her bonding with her newborn. The study included 62 preg

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  4. Breastfeeding-Cavities Link Disputed

    Oct. 1, 2007 -- Breastfeeding isn’t likely to cause dental cavities or raise the risk of early childhood tooth decay, according to a new study. Researchers say some reports have linked prolonged breastfeeding with a higher risk of childhood cavities, although there is little evidence to support this

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  5. Jury Still Out on BPA/Plastics Risk

    Aug. 24, 2007 -- The jury is still out on whether there's a health risk from bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that leaches from plastic baby bottles, food/beverage cans, and many other products. Industry uses more than 6 billion pounds of BPA every year to make the resins that line food cans and the po

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  6. Baby Talk Crosses Language Barriers

    Aug. 22, 2007 -- Baby talk may be the universal language. A new study suggests that people of different cultures recognize baby talk, even if they speak a different language. The results showed indigenous Shuar speakers who had also been taught Spanish in a remote Ecuadoran village were able to dist

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  7. Codeine Warning for Breastfeeding Moms

    Aug. 18, 2007 -- The FDA today warned breastfeeding mothers who take codeine for after-birth pain to carefully watch their babies for signs of life-threatening drug side effects. At risk are infants breastfed by women who are "ultra-rapid metabolizers" of codeine. Such women have a genetic makeup th

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  8. 'Smart Baby' DVDs No Help, May Harm

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- "Smart baby" videos don't help kids before age 2 years -- and may actually slow word learning, a University of Washington study suggests. Frederick J. Zimmerman, PhD, of the child health institute at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and colleagues held long telep

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  9. Breastfeeding Statistics Up, Says CDC

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- Breastfeeding is becoming more common among U.S. moms, but the CDC sees room for improvement. The CDC today reported that in 2004, nearly 74% of U.S. moms began breastfeeding their newborns, about 42% breastfed their 6-month-olds, and 21% breastfed their 1-year-olds. Those figures ar

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  10. Newborn Hearing Test May Predict SIDS

    July 27, 2007 -- A preliminary study suggests that it might be possible to screen newborns for SIDS risk with a hearing test. SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation. It's the leading cause o

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