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Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds

Pregnant women exposed to high levels of flame-retardant chemicals may be at increased risk for having premature babies, a new study indicates.
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows.
A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date.
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC

Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds

More extremely premature U.S. infants -- those born after only 22 to 28 weeks of gestation -- are surviving, a new study finds.
Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?

Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests.
Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments

Over the past two decades, the health of children born with the help of fertility treatments has improved substantially, according to a new study.
Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday.
U.S. Birth Rate Continues Decline, CDC Reports

The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

 

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