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13 Jan
Pot Might Impair a Woman's Fertility: Study

Pot Might Impair a Woman's Fertility: Study


Though using marijuana for medical or recreational reasons is legal in a growing number of U.S. states, it may come with some unexpected side effects.

A new study found that women who use cannabis may be reducing their fertility.

"Ca...

04 Jan
As Lockdowns Keep Pregnant Women From Exercise, Depression Rates Rise: Study

As Lockdowns Keep Pregnant Women From Exercise, Depression Rates Rise: Study

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on the emotional health of pregnant women whose exercise routines have been disrupted because of the coronavirus, new research shows.

Those women had higher depression scores than their counterparts who were able to exercise as usua...

31 Dec
Even Rich Americans Don't Get World-Class Health Care: Study

Even Rich Americans Don't Get World-Class Health Care: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2020 -- Even the most privileged people in the United States with the best access to health care are sicker and more likely to die than average folks in other developed nations, a new study finds.

People living in the highest-income counties in the Uni...

28 Dec
Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study Finds

Toxic Metals Might Affect Pregnancy, Study Finds

Exposure to metals may disrupt pregnant women's hormones and boost the odds of complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a new study.

Metals such as nickel, arsenic, cobalt and lead have been associated with pregnancy complicati...

23 Dec
Dads' Health Linked to Odds of Pregnancy Loss in Moms-to-Be

Dads' Health Linked to Odds of Pregnancy Loss in Moms-to-Be

A large new study suggests that men who plan to be fathers should try to get themselves in shape first.

Researchers found that when fathers-to-be had health conditions like high blood pressure or obesity, the odds that their partner might experience miscarriage or stillb...

22 Dec
COVID Doesn't Pass From Mom to Fetus During Pregnancy: Study

COVID Doesn't Pass From Mom to Fetus During Pregnancy: Study

A new study may prove reassuring for expectant moms: Pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 during their third trimester appear unlikely to pass the infection to their fetuses.

This study was conducted between April and June 2020 among women who came to one of thr...

17 Dec
Most Pregnant Women With COVID Are Asymptomatic

Most Pregnant Women With COVID Are Asymptomatic

Most pregnant women infected with the new coronavirus don't have symptoms, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from a coronavirus screening program in the labor and delivery unit of Elmhurst Hospital in New York City during March and April.

Of the 130 pr...

16 Dec
Black Women at Higher Heart Risk During Pregnancy

Black Women at Higher Heart Risk During Pregnancy

Although heart problems are rare complications of pregnancy, Black women face a heightened risk -- even if they have comfortable incomes and health insurance, a new study finds.

It's well established that the United States has a higher maternal mortality rate than other ...

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...

09 Dec
COVID Fuels Depression Among Pregnant Women, New Moms

COVID Fuels Depression Among Pregnant Women, New Moms

COVID-19 may be behind a concerning rise in the number of women suffering anxiety and depression before and soon after childbirth, a new study says.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston surveyed more than 1,100 pregnant and postpartum women between Ma...

07 Dec
U.S. Moms-to-Be Are Much Less Healthy Now

U.S. Moms-to-Be Are Much Less Healthy Now

In the past 30 years, U.S. women have been in progressively worse physical shape as they become pregnant, a new study finds.

A combination of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and having children later in life have led to potentially more complications, and even inf...

27 Nov
Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

Freezing their eggs or ovarian tissue before breast cancer treatment increases survivors' chances of having children after recovery, a new study finds.

Nearly 10% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 45 years of age, some of whom haven't yet had children, a...

20 Nov
More Childbearing Women Having Suicidal Thoughts: Study

More Childbearing Women Having Suicidal Thoughts: Study

The number of women who contemplate suicide or self-harm during or after pregnancy may be on the rise, a large, new study suggests.

Among nearly 600,000 U.S. childbearing women, researchers found that close to 2,700 were diagnosed with suicidality in the year before or a...

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...

18 Nov
U.S. Leads Wealthy Nations in Pregnancy-Related Deaths

U.S. Leads Wealthy Nations in Pregnancy-Related Deaths

American women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in other wealthy countries -- and a national shortage of maternity care providers bodes ill for the future.

Those are some of the findings from a new report on maternal mortality by the no...

16 Nov
Are We Getting Closer to a Herpes Vaccine?

Are We Getting Closer to a Herpes Vaccine?

Scientists are reporting early success with an experimental herpes vaccine that uses a genetically modified version of the virus.

The gene edit prevents the virus from performing its normal evasive maneuver: hiding out in nervous system cells in order to elude the i...

11 Nov
Pre-Pregnancy High Blood Pressure Rates Rising

Pre-Pregnancy High Blood Pressure Rates Rising

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2020 (HealthDay) -- The number of women entering pregnancy with high blood pressure has nearly doubled in a decade, new research finds.

The study found that 2% of women living in urban areas and 2.4% of women living in rural areas had high blood press...

05 Nov
Global Warming Could Bring Added Risks for Pregnant Women

Global Warming Could Bring Added Risks for Pregnant Women

Global warming could increase rates of serious pregnancy problems, researchers warn.

They analyzed 70 studies from 27 countries that reported associations between high temperatures and preterm birth, birth weight and stillbirths.

"Given increases in the freque...

29 Oct
For Some Women, Postpartum Depression Lingers for Years

For Some Women, Postpartum Depression Lingers for Years

Many women have depression symptoms after giving birth, but for some postpartum depression hangs on for years, a U.S. government study finds.

Of nearly 4,900 new mothers researchers followed, one-quarter had depression symptoms at some point in their child's first three...

22 Oct
Heart Conditions Could Raise Risk of Torn Aorta During Pregnancy

Heart Conditions Could Raise Risk of Torn Aorta During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can increase the risk of a rare, dangerous heart condition called aortic dissection, researchers report.

This is especially true for women with underlying heart conditions that can go undetected.

Aortic dissections -- which affect 3 in 100,000 peo...

22 Oct
COVID-19 More Common in Pregnant Hispanics Than Other Moms-to-Be: Study

COVID-19 More Common in Pregnant Hispanics Than Other Moms-to-Be: Study

Hispanic mothers-to-be in the southern United States are almost twice as likely to have COVID-19 as non-Hispanic women, a new study finds.

The researchers also found that those with government health insurance were more likely to test positive for the coronavirus th...

21 Oct
Could Mom's Thyroid Levels Influence ADHD in Kids?

Could Mom's Thyroid Levels Influence ADHD in Kids?

Low levels of thyroid hormone during pregnancy may contribute to the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child, new research suggests.

The study found that children born to mothers with low thyroid hormone levels during the first trimester...

16 Oct
Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After Birth

Women who suffer severe morning sickness may have higher risk of depression during and after pregnancy, according to a new British study.

It enrolled 214 women in London during the first trimester of pregnancy. Half had severe morning sickness; half did not. None had...

16 Oct
FDA Warns of Dangers of Common Painkillers During Pregnancy

FDA Warns of Dangers of Common Painkillers During Pregnancy

If you're pregnant and you think popping nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for your aches and pains is safe, think again.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday that taking these widely used painkillers -- which include Advil, Motrin, Al...

14 Oct
Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study

In some reassuring news on the coronavirus front, a new study finds that pregnant women with COVID-19 rarely infect their newborn.

That finding suggests that it may not be necessary to separate infected mothers from their infants and that moms can continue to breastf...

13 Oct
Epidurals During Childbirth Tied to Autism Risk

Epidurals During Childbirth Tied to Autism Risk

Children whose mothers were given an epidural during labor may face a slightly heightened risk of autism, a large, new study suggests.

Researchers found that the rate of autism was a little higher among those kids, versus their peers whose mothers did not get epidura...

12 Oct
For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

For Many Pregnant Women, COVID-19 Has Prolonged Effect

COVID-19 symptoms can last a long time in pregnant women, researchers say.

The new study included 594 pregnant women (average age 31) across the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus but were not hospitalized. Nearly one-third were health care wor...

29 Sep
Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta,  Study Finds

Air Pollutants, Metals Are Reaching The Placenta, Study Finds

Metals and other air pollutants have been found in the placentas of new mothers, which means such pollutants may be able to reach the fetus, researchers report.

"Our study for the first time shows that inhaled carbon particulate matter in air pollution travels in the...

28 Sep
Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Raise Lifelong Heart Risks for Children

The foundation for early heart disease might begin not during childhood or in the years that follow, but in the womb.

Researchers studying nearly 30 years of data from families in Manitoba, Canada, found a strong connection between heart disease risk factors in teens...

28 Sep
Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well

Babies born to mothers with COVID-19 only rarely suffer from effects of the virus, a new study suggests.

These newborns generally do well in the six to eight weeks after birth, but more are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if their mothers had COV...

25 Sep
Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

There may be a slightly increased risk of autism for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation, according to a new study.

Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the causes of autism, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to p...

23 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds.

Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems in the preteen years, researchers report.

...

16 Sep
Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

COVID-19 may hit pregnant women especially hard, U.S. health officials warned in two reports.

In one report, scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge pregnant women and health care providers to be aware of the risks for severe COVID-1...

08 Sep
Could Antibiotics Make Breast Milk Less Healthy for Babies?

Could Antibiotics Make Breast Milk Less Healthy for Babies?

Mom's breast milk can be altered by antibiotics in ways that might harm an infant's health, according to a new study.

The Canadian researchers were particularly concerned with an increase in bacteria that can be harmful, namely a bacterium called Pseudomonas t...

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...

02 Sep
COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Here's What's Known So Far

COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Here's What's Known So Far

A new review may offer guidance on women who contract COVID-19 during pregnancy.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are less likely to have symptoms than those who aren't expecting -- but they're more likely to require critical care, according to the study.

Havin...

01 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Mom-to-Be's Flu Shot Doesn't Raise Autism Risk

Pregnant women are understandably worried about everything that goes into their bodies. But here's one worry they can cross off that list: flu shots.

A large, new study has confirmed that an expectant woman's flu shot doesn't increase the risk of autism in her child...

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...

27 Aug
Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

Texas Mother Transmitted COVID-19 to Unborn Baby: Study

A new case study adds to growing evidence that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

"It's very important to bring to the forefront this finding that mothers and infants can be affected by COVID-19, transmission can occur during p...

25 Aug
There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time.

"The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contempla...

21 Aug
In-Person Pregnancy Checks Won't Raise COVID Risk

In-Person Pregnancy Checks Won't Raise COVID Risk

Here's some reassuring news for pregnant women: In-person doctor visits don't appear to make them vulnerable to COVID-19, a new study indicates.

It included thousands of Massachusetts women who had babies at four Boston-area hospitals between April 19 and June 27, 20...

19 Aug
'Morning Sickness' Doesn't Stick to the A.M., Study Confirms

'Morning Sickness' Doesn't Stick to the A.M., Study Confirms

As many expectant mothers can unhappily attest, the nausea and vomiting known as "morning sickness" can occur at any time of the day.

In a new study, British researchers analyzed diaries kept by 256 women from the day they learned they were expecting until the 60th d...

18 Aug
Gallbladder Surgery During Pregnancy May Be Safer Than Waiting

Gallbladder Surgery During Pregnancy May Be Safer Than Waiting

For pregnant women experiencing painful gallstones, immediate surgery to remove the infected gallbladder may be better than postponing the operation until after childbirth, a new study suggests.

Acute gallbladder disease is called cholecystitis.

"Current g...

12 Aug
Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Moms' Obesity May Affect Fetal Brain Development

Obesity during pregnancy may hinder fetal brain development, a new study suggests.

Development of brain areas involved in decision-making and behavior may be affected as early as the second trimester, New York University researchers said.

For the study, t...

11 Aug
Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Research has shown that pot use during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillborn birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Now, a new study adds another danger: children whose mothers used pot while pregnant could be at greater risk for autism.

And the ...

17 Jul
Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Placenta May Help Shield Fetus From COVID-19

Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren't found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19.

U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messe...

13 Jul
Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Pot Use in Pregnancy Could Mean Sleepless Kids

Kids whose moms used pot while pregnant may end up with sleep problems years later, a new study suggests.

Looking at thousands of 9- and 10-year-olds, University of Colorado researchers found that children were more likely to have trouble falling asleep or staying a...

07 Jul
Zika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than Expected

Zika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than Expected

It's a virus some might not even remember, but babies born to mothers infected with Zika who appeared normal at birth still experienced neurological or developmental problems, new research suggests.

A hallmark of infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in pregna...

23 Jun
COVID Spreads Quickly in Crowded Homes, Poor Neighborhoods

COVID Spreads Quickly in Crowded Homes, Poor Neighborhoods

Poverty and crowded living conditions increase the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers reached that conclusion after testing nearly 400 women who gave birth at two hospitals in New York City during the peak of the COVID-...

18 Jun
Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Climate Change, Smog Could Mean More Preemie Babies: Study

Here's more bad news associated with climate change: Pregnant women exposed to air pollution or heat waves face a greater risk of having a preterm or underweight baby, a new research review finds.

The review, of 68 studies from across the United States, found that th...

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