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  1. Parents' Clothing Can Infect Newborns in ICU

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The clothing of parents and visitors may spread dangerous respiratory infections to infants in an neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a Australian study suggests. Four percent of swabs taken from the personal clothing of

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  2. Breast-Feeding May Pass Common Chemical to Baby

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers may inadvertently pass industrial chemicals along to their babies through breast-feeding, which might lower the effectiveness of some childhood vaccinations, researchers report. The class of chemicals, called

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  3. Shorter Women, Higher Odds for Preterm Birth?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnant woman's height may affect her risk for preterm birth, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data on nearly 3,500 Nordic women and their babies. They found that shorter mothers had shorter pregnancies, sma

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  4. Vaccine Combo Promising Against RSV Infection

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that's a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the el

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  5. New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers get conflicting advice from medical professionals, family members and the media when it comes to key parenting topics, a recent study found. And that advice often goes against American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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  6. Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds. Looking at data results spanning more than a decade, researchers saw that p

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  7. Beach Sand More Likely Than Water to Make You Sick

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in. Studies done with water and sand from Hawaiian beach

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  8. Breast-Feeding Tied to Healthier Arteries

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who breast-feed may have healthier-looking arteries years later, compared with those who bottle-feed their babies, a new study finds. It has long been reported that breast-feeding is the healthiest option for ba

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  9. Yuck! What’s Really in Your Swimming Pool?

    July 1, 2015 -- That sparkling blue water looks cool and inviting on a scorching summer day. But do you really know what you’re getting when you dive in the pool? Let’s try pee and poop for starters. And if you think chlorine totally protects you from that and other yucky stuff, think again. “People

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  10. Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits for Kids

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows. But pacifiers can negate some of that potential benefit, even if the children are

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