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18 Feb
Drivers May Be Inhaling Dangerous Carcinogens Inside Their Cars

Drivers May Be Inhaling Dangerous Carcinogens Inside Their Cars

Worried about what damage the polluted air outside might pose to your health during your work commute? New research suggests you might want to worry more about the chemicals you are exposed to inside your car.

Benzene and formaldehyde are used in automobile manu...

11 Feb
Prescription Opioids, Antibiotics in Pregnancy Won't Raise Birth Defect Risk: Studies

Prescription Opioids, Antibiotics in Pregnancy Won't Raise Birth Defect Risk: Studies

Taking prescription opioid painkillers or a common class of antibiotics during pregnancy doesn't increase the risk of major birth defects, according to two new studies.

Both are often prescribed to pregnant women. Some studies have linked them with certain birth defects,...

10 Feb
Fetal Surgery Is Changing Lives for Kids With Spina Bifida

Fetal Surgery Is Changing Lives for Kids With Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a diagnosis no parents-to-be want to hear as they await their child's birth, and the idea of performing surgery on a baby while it is still in the womb can be terrifying. But new research shows that performing the delicate procedure before the baby is born, and...

05 Jan
Kids With Congenital Heart Disease Face Higher Odds of Mental Health Issues

Kids With Congenital Heart Disease Face Higher Odds of Mental Health Issues

Kids born with heart defects may be more likely to develop anxiety, depression and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), regardless of the severity of their heart condition.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United Sta...

11 Dec
Gene Therapy Shows No Long-Term Harm in Animals: Study

Gene Therapy Shows No Long-Term Harm in Animals: Study

Results from a long-term study of a gene therapy technique to prevent inherited mitochondrial disease show promise, researchers say.

Studies of the technique at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland show no adverse health effects in rhesus macaque monkeys and th...

09 Dec
Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, many questions go through her mind.

What treatments does she need? Will she survive? And will she still be able to have a baby?

In a review of recent research, an international team of investigators say the answe...

03 Dec
Birth Defects Tied to Rise in Lifelong Cancer Risk

Birth Defects Tied to Rise in Lifelong Cancer Risk

Major birth defects are associated with an increased, lifelong risk of cancer, researchers say.

It has been known that people with major birth defects have a greater risk of developing cancer as children and teens, but it wasn't clear whether the risk extends into adulth...

19 Nov
COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Obstetric Outcomes: Study

COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Obstetric Outcomes: Study

Pregnant women with COVID-19 have little risk of developing severe symptoms, as do their newborns, a new study finds.

In fact, 95% of these women have good outcomes, and just 3% of their babies test positive for COVID-19, researchers say.

"For 5% of COVID-19-positi...

16 Oct
Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19

Heart Defects Don't Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19

In what will come as reassuring news to those who were born with a heart defect, new research finds these people aren't at increased risk for moderate or severe COVID-19.

The study included more than 7,000 adults and children who were born with a heart defect (congen...

08 Oct
Zika Epidemic Was More Widespread Than Thought: Study

Zika Epidemic Was More Widespread Than Thought: Study

The Zika epidemic, which began as a mosquito-borne viral infection and led to severe birth defects, affected far more people than previously thought, new research shows.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 15 countries and territories in South America, Cent...

01 Oct
Genetics Might Explain Some Cases of Cerebral Palsy

Genetics Might Explain Some Cases of Cerebral Palsy

Genetic problems cause about 14% of cerebral palsy cases, and many of the implicated genes control the wiring of brain circuits during early fetal development, new research shows.

The largest genetic study of cerebral palsy supports previous findings and provides...

23 Sep
Common Heart Defect Limits Exercise Ability: Study

Common Heart Defect Limits Exercise Ability: Study

People born with a hole in their heart may lose 20% or more of their exercise capacity as they age, even if the defect is repaired.

A ventricular septal defect is a hole in the wall separating the heart's pumping chambers. It can be surgically closed or left alo...

04 Sep
Narcolepsy Drug Doesn't Raise Odds for Birth Defects: Study

Narcolepsy Drug Doesn't Raise Odds for Birth Defects: Study

The narcolepsy medicine modafinil doesn't appear to increase the risk of birth defects, according to a new study that contradicts earlier research.

"This study is based on twice as many pregnancies as earlier studies, and we find no increase in the risk of malformati...

01 Sep
Study Zeroes in on How Zika Virus Is Passed From Mom to Fetus

Study Zeroes in on How Zika Virus Is Passed From Mom to Fetus

New insight into how pregnant women can pass the Zika virus to their fetus could point to ways to prevent it, researchers say.

Babies infected with Zika in the womb can have abnormally small heads (microcephaly) and other birth defects.

In this study, resea...

17 Jul
Lupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: Study

Lupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: Study

A drug used to treat lupus and malaria -- hydroxychloroquine -- reduced by half the risk of a potentially fatal heart condition in newborns who were at high risk for it.

The condition -- known as congenital heart block (CHB) -- results in a dangerously low heart rate...

19 Feb
Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

An expandable artificial heart valve could save children with congenital heart disease from repeated open heart surgeries as they grow up, researchers report.

Current artificial heart valves are fixed in size, meaning children need to get larger ones as they grow. C...

11 Feb
AHA News: Baby Born With 'One-of-a-Kind' Heart Receives Transplant

AHA News: Baby Born With 'One-of-a-Kind' Heart Receives Transplant

When a test showed a dangerous drop in the heart rate of Courtney Agnoli's unborn daughter, the doctor who urgently admitted her to the hospital said, "You aren't leaving here without a baby."

Doctors had already identified two critical congenital heart defects that...

10 Feb
AHA News: For Kids With Heart Defects, the Hospital Near Mom May Matter

AHA News: For Kids With Heart Defects, the Hospital Near Mom May Matter

Heart problems are often associated with older people. But every year about 1 in 110 children in the United States are born with congenital heart disease, which include a variety of defects ranging from holes in the heart to malformed or missing valves and chambers.

17 Jan
How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

Hearing that your unborn baby has congenital heart disease can be traumatic, but now new research suggests that if you experience stress, anxiety or depression afterward it could affect your baby's brain development.

Congenital heart disease (structural problems with...

16 Jan
AHA News: Baby Survived 27 Minutes Without a Heartbeat

AHA News: Baby Survived 27 Minutes Without a Heartbeat

Britt Spivey knew something was wrong when his pregnant wife showed up at his work following what was supposed to be a routine doctor visit. Autumn started to cry and told him their unborn child had a heart defect. They needed to go to Texas Children's Hospital in nearby Houst...

10 Jan
Zika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at Birth

Zika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at Birth

Some infants who appear healthy at birth after being exposed to the Zika virus in the womb develop neurological problems during their first year of life, a new study finds.

The study included pregnant women in Colombia who were exposed to Zika and had fetal MRIs and ...

03 Dec
Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, Babies

Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, Babies

Poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy puts mothers and their babies at increased risk for serious complications, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed more than 100,000 pregnancies in more than 58,000 women with asthma in Canada.

Compared to those who...

16 Oct
Moms' Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Risk of Birth Defects

Moms' Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Risk of Birth Defects

Weight-loss surgery before pregnancy may lower obese women's odds of having a baby with major birth defects, new research suggests.

For the study, the researchers examined data on more than 33,000 births in Sweden between 2007 and 2014.

Of these, nearly 3,...

04 Oct
Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

Women have long been told to cut out drinking if they are pregnant or think they might become pregnant.

But a new study suggests that men hoping to become fathers should also stay away from alcohol for at least six months before trying to conceive.

If would...

11 Sep
Toes Become Fingers in the Brains of 'Foot Painters'

Toes Become Fingers in the Brains of 'Foot Painters'

If you use your feet like hands from birth, the brain will create a different "map" of the toes that's more like the one it has for the fingers, new research reveals.

That's the case with Tom Yendell and Peter Longstaff, two foot artists in the United Kingdom who we...

31 Jul
Older Parents May Have Better Behaved Kids

Older Parents May Have Better Behaved Kids

Many people wait until they're older to have children, and that decision can raise the risk of problems like infertility and genetic abnormalities. But new research suggests there may be at least one benefit to having children later in life.

The study found that kids...

22 Jul
Some Women Still Getting Pregnant While on Acne Drug Tied to Birth Defects

Some Women Still Getting Pregnant While on Acne Drug Tied to Birth Defects

Hundreds of pregnancies still occur every year among U.S. women taking an acne medication that carries a high risk of birth defects, a new study finds.

"While the number of pregnancies among patients taking isotretinoin is low, even 200 pregnancies is too high," said...

09 Jul
Zika's Damage Continues in Children Infected Before Birth

Zika's Damage Continues in Children Infected Before Birth

New research shows that neurological damage for babies who were exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb continues to unfold years after birth.

Developmental problems were found in one-third of the 216 children studied, some of whom were 3 years old. The problems...

02 Jul
Surgery Helps Babies Missing a Heart Chamber Survive, But Problems Linger

Surgery Helps Babies Missing a Heart Chamber Survive, But Problems Linger

When babies are born without one heart chamber, a special surgery can save their lives. But a new study shows that these patients face lifelong health issues that require special care.

Still, a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement says, they can...

20 Jun
How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013.

Compared to children witho...

18 Jun
More Women Using Pot During Pregnancy, Despite Potential Harms to Baby

More Women Using Pot During Pregnancy, Despite Potential Harms to Baby

As laws around marijuana relax nationwide and the drug becomes more popular, American women are increasingly using pot during pregnancy, a new study finds.

The study was based on data from more than 467,000 women collected between 2002 and 2017. The researchers found...

07 Jun
Having an Extra Finger Can Come in Handy

Having an Extra Finger Can Come in Handy

Though rare, some children are born with an extra finger, a condition known as polydactyly.

Now, for the first time, a team of researchers set out to see whether having this extra appendage is somehow beneficial.

The answer is yes.

The bottom line...

04 Jun
Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

New research should reassure dads-to-be who've had testicular cancer that treatment with radiation or chemotherapy doesn't raise the risk of fathering babies with birth defects.

"Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among y...

03 May
About 1 in 1,000 Babies Born 'Intersex,' Study Finds

About 1 in 1,000 Babies Born 'Intersex,' Study Finds

Cases in which a newborn's genitals make it unclear whether the child is a boy or girl may be more common than once believed, researchers say.

One example of what's known as ambiguous genitalia is a baby girl with an enlarged clitoris that looks more like a small pen...

25 Apr
1 in 9 U.S. Women Drink During Pregnancy, and Numbers Are Rising

1 in 9 U.S. Women Drink During Pregnancy, and Numbers Are Rising

Even though the harms to babies are well known, one in nine pregnant women in the United States drinks alcohol, new research shows.

In one-third of those cases, frequent binge drinking is also often involved.

What's more, the rate of drinking during pregnan...

16 Apr
Legacy of Gulf War Deployment: Higher Risk of Minor Birth Defects

Legacy of Gulf War Deployment: Higher Risk of Minor Birth Defects

Here's bad news for some women in the military: An increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War.

Researchers examined data on minor and major birth defects among 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era female and ma...

02 Apr
AHA News: Couple Kept the Faith as Baby Neared Death -- and Then a Transplant Saved Him

AHA News: Couple Kept the Faith as Baby Neared Death -- and Then a Transplant Saved Him

Rikki and Greg Myers were excited to hear whether their first child would be a boy or a girl. They were hosting Thanksgiving and wanted to reveal the gender then.

Yet when the doctor spoke, the only words that mattered were, "Your baby has formed only half a heart."...

25 Mar
Smoking Around Expectant Moms Can Harm Babies' Hearts

Smoking Around Expectant Moms Can Harm Babies' Hearts

Fathers-to-be who expose their pregnant partners to secondhand smoke put their babies at risk of heart defects, researchers warn.

For the new study, investigators in China reviewed 125 studies that included a total of nearly 9 million pros...

13 Mar
Newborn Heart Problems Surged After Fukushima Nuke Disaster: Study

Newborn Heart Problems Surged After Fukushima Nuke Disaster: Study

There was a significant increase in the number of infants in Japan who had surgery for complex congenital heart disease after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, a new study finds.

The disaster happened in March 2011 after a tsunami and earthquake hit the Fukushima Da...

01 Mar
How Soon Should You Conceive After a Stillbirth?

How Soon Should You Conceive After a Stillbirth?

Women who get pregnant within a year of stillbirth have no higher risk of another stillbirth or other complications than those who wait at least two years, a new study says.

The World Health Organization recommends women wait at least two years after a live birth and...

27 Feb
AHA News: Kids With Heart Defects Joined Jackie Kennedy, LBJ to Raise Awareness

AHA News: Kids With Heart Defects Joined Jackie Kennedy, LBJ to Raise Awareness

On Feb. 1, 1961, twins Debbie and Donna Horst arrived at the White House to fanfare. The 6-year-olds, decked out in fancy dresses and satin sashes, found themselves surrounded by a pressing crowd and a sea of blinding flashbulbs as they made their way to see Jacqueline Kennedy...

19 Feb
Common Yeast Infection Treatment Tied to Miscarriage, Birth Defects

Common Yeast Infection Treatment Tied to Miscarriage, Birth Defects

A new study throws serious doubt on the safety of using a common yeast infection treatment during pregnancy.

Fluconazole (Diflucan) is a prescribed pill used to treat yeast infections. However, Canadian research now suggests its use greatly raises a pregnant woman's ...

30 Jan
Climate Change Could Bring More Infant Heart Defects: Study

Climate Change Could Bring More Infant Heart Defects: Study

Climate change could lead to more U.S. babies born with congenital heart defects, researchers say.

Specifically, they concluded that hotter temperatures may lead to as many as 7,000 additional cases between 2025 and 2035 in eight representative states: Arkansas, Texa...

28 Jan
Someday, a Pig's Heart Might Save a Child's Life

Someday, a Pig's Heart Might Save a Child's Life

The supply of donor organs for infants needing a heart transplant is critically low, but researchers have taken a first step toward using pig hearts to fill the need.

The concept of using animal organs to save human lives has been around for years. With donor organs ...

17 Jan
Opioid Use in Pregnancy Tied to Severe Birth Defects

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Tied to Severe Birth Defects

More American infants are being born with their intestines outside of their bodies, and the disturbing trend might be linked to the opioid crisis, health officials reported Thursday.

The condition, called gastroschisis, is caused by a hole beside the belly button. T...

04 Jan
Use of Common Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD in Kids

Use of Common Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD in Kids

When a woman with epilepsy uses the anti-seizure drug valproate during a pregnancy, the odds that her baby will go on to develop ADHD rise, a new study suggests.

The Danish report can't prove that valproate causes attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in t...

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