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    1. Stomach Birth Defect Rate Increased Over 2 Decades

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A birth defect involving the stomach called gastroschisis has been increasing among U.S. infants for decades, and more than doubled among young, black mothers over an 18-year period, federal health officials report. Ba

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    2. Average Home Has About 100 Types of Bugs, Critters

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you think you live alone, you may not: A new study finds that the average American shares his or her home with over 100 different species of insects and other "arthropods." Arthropods are invertebrates with exoske

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    3. Having More Kids May Slow Mom's Aging

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more children women have, the slower they may age, new research suggests. Looking at chromosomes, scientists found that women who have more kids have longer telomeres, which helps slow the aging process. Tel

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    4. Newborn Withdrawals Tied to Prenatal Painkillers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. It's

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    5. Infant Delivery, Feeding Can Affect Gut Bacteria

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A vaginal birth and breast-feeding make a notable difference in the bacterial composition of an infant's gut, according to new research. At issue is the gastrointestinal makeup of the microbiome, the collection of microbes ma

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    6. Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of U.S. high school students who use heroin first tried narcotic painkillers, a new survey reveals. Survey results from nearly 68,000 high school seniors provide some clues to heroin's recent deadly path

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    7. Noisy Electronic Toys and Babies' Verbal Skills

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As parents scramble to find the perfect gifts for their children this Christmas, new research suggests that electronic toys that light up, talk or play music might slow language development in toddlers. These pr

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    8. Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemie Death Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny newborns who get prolonged skin-to-skin contact with mom while they're in the hospital may have better survival odds, a new review finds. Experts said the analysis, of 124 studies from around the world, confirms the val

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    9. SIDS Risk: More Than 'Sleeping Environment'

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A baby's sleeping environment is not the whole story when it comes to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new analysis affirms. Each year, about 3,500 infants die suddenly in the United States from no obvious

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    10. Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The companionship of a dog may lower a child's anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a

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