Shared Sleeping Infant Deaths: Texas Polar Vortex

The chilling antics of the polar vortex left Central Texas temperatures far below normal this winter. Texans bundled up to stay warm and cozy during a winter so cold it broke records. ... read more »

Possible Treatment Breakthrough: Fragile X Syndrome

Previous medical research has pinpointed the part of the cell affected by FXS but a new study reveals how the problem occurs. ... read more »

New Catheterization Procedure for Babies with Hole in Heart

Approximately 9 of every 1,000 people are born with some form of heart defect, the most common of which are septal defects. ... read more »

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Get Screened

The goal of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is to spread the word about screening tests that can identify dangerous eating behaviors and let people know where to find help. ... read more »

Non-Surgical Treatment for Clubfoot

Mary Snyder made it a point to become as well educated as possible about clubfoot, a birth defect that causes feet to turn inward into a U-shape. ... read more »

Vaccinations Eradicate Rubella in Western Hemisphere

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) seized the moment to announce the complete eradication of rubella in the Western Hemisphere. ... read more »

International Study Recommends Ovary Removal by Age 35

For women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 39 for every 100 BRCA+ women. Once disease develops, preventive ovary removal surgery by age 35 is the best defense. ... read more »

Baby Wipes May Be Cause of Persistent Rash

Moms everywhere have come to rely on products like baby wipes for infants and wet wipes for older children as an easy, convenient way to add an extra layer of cleanliness to a messy situation. ... read more »

Autistic Children Sometimes Bond More Closely with Family Dog

Gretchen Carlise is a doctoral candidate the Center for Human-Animal Interaction. Her dissertation explores the many ways a family dog can enhance the lives of autistic children. ... read more »

Study Links Consumption of Trans Fats to Bigger Babies

We've known for over twenty years that trans fats (man-made fats used to preserve the shelf life of foods) negatively affect our health, but new research is showing that it may also affect the health of our newborns. ... read more »

Sweet Beverages — Not Foods — Linked to Endometrial Cancer

Several factors are thought to contribute to the development of endometrial cancer, but a new study reveals a potent new culprit: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). ... read more »

Breastfeeding Stimulates Gut Flora

Infants begin developing their gastrointestinal microbiomes at birth by way of their mother's milk during breastfeeding. Their bodies take over production of microbiota once breastfeeding ends. ... read more »

Prepubescent Male Smokers Father Overweight Sons

The findings of a lengthy study suggest that a boy's use of cigarettes today may have a dramatic effect on the kids he'll have someday, especially his sons. ... read more »

Parenting Style Influenced by Genetics

A team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) has conducted an in-depth study of parenting styles and concluded it has about as much to do with genetics as it does family tradition. ... read more »

Exposing Man to Arsenic through Rice

One of the most poisonous substances is arsenic; hence, it was a public health concern when a team of scientists published about consuming toxic levels of the element by eating rice. ... read more »

Babies May Gain Immunity at Conception

A recent study suggests a degree of immunity might also be conveyed to the baby at the time of its conception. ... read more »

Baby Monitors: Selling Fear or True Protection?

Critics say baby monitors do little more than let you know if your baby is asleep or awake, in spite of the emotional marketing strategies that surround them. ... read more »

Researchers Devise an Effective Autism Screening Tool

The sooner autism is diagnosed, the sooner treatment and coping strategies can begin. The sooner these therapies begin, the better the chance the child will thrive throughout life. A new study has found a way to assess a child's risk much sooner. Seems it's all about the tilt and size of the head. ... read more »

Lighting Up the Christmas Tree With Lead

One of the joys of Christmas is watching a child's face light up when Christmas tree lights are turned on. But is playing with them safe? ... read more »

Should Pediatricians See Unvaccinated Kids?

The measles outbreak has left pediatricians facing a dilemma: should they see unvaccinated kids or turn them away so contagious diseases don't infect other patients too young to be fully vaccinated? ... read more »

Medications May Be Lethal to Small Children

We don't know how many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter drugs in use today are safe during pregnancy, nursing, and childhood but we do know many are lethal to small children. ... read more »

Antibacterial Products May Promote Nasal Staph Infections

Triclosan is a synthetic compound used in many personal care products labeled as antibacterial. It is considered safe to use, however, recent studies suggest otherwise. ... read more »

Cluster of Rare Birth Defects in Washington

There's a mystery involving rare birth defects in a small rural area of Washington state that's pitting mothers and medical personnel against the state's health department. ... read more »

Third-Hand Smoke: DNA Damage Risk for Infants and Toddlers

Third-hand smoke, the gunk that settles on floors, furniture, draperies, and even kids' toys, has the potential to damage DNA. ... read more »

Smoking Ban: Preterm Births and Asthma Hospitalizations Drop

Smoking bans are increasingly common in the last 3 decades. These bans have cleared the air and a recent study from the Netherlands indicates they've improved the health of newborns and children, too. ... read more »

Should Newborn Screening Protocols Include Genome Sequencing?

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, question the value of including genome sequencing to the standard regimen of tests given to newborn babies. ... read more »

Should Technology Allow Parents to "Design" Their Babies?

Is modern science approaching the point where designing the baby of one's dreams becomes a reality? ... read more »

After Delivery: Risk of Clots, Stroke, Heart Attack

All women are at higher risk of stroke than men and that risk is especially high during and months after pregnancy. ... read more »

Link Between Childhood Leukemia and a Genetic Mutation

A recent study of the genomes of children with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) found that this particular genetic mutation increases a child's risk of cancer by 2,700 times. ... read more »

PreNexa Prenatal Vitamins Added More DHA and Vitamin D

A pharmaceutical company, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., announced its introduction of a new formula for its prescription prenatal vitamins marketed under the registered trademark name PreNexa. ... read more »

Pregnancy Hormones Ease Chronic Pain

During pregnancy, childbirth, and thereafter, many women don't experience pain to the degree expected. Many who use opiates for pain management find they don't need as much of it during this time. ... read more »

Link Between PCOS and Psychiatric Problems

Between 6 million and 17 million women in the United States between the ages of 18 to 44 are estimated to be affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Anti-Anxiety Meds May “Rebalanced” Autistic Brains

A team of Seattle-based scientists found that the administration of certain anti-anxiety drugs seems to rebalance the autistic brain in ways that make impulse control more& effective. ... read more »

40% of Infants Without Strong Parental Attachments

The emotional attachment a child develops for his or her parents by the age of 3 can be a valuable marker for how well the child will fare emotionally, socially, and academically later in childhood. ... read more »

Autism and Glutamate Receptors

Using data on the action of mGlu5 receptors on the cell's surface, pharmaceutical companies developed drugs that would lower the volume of the surface receptors and control autistic behavior. ... read more »

First Five Years of Fatherhood Risky for Depression

The study finds that young men, especially those that live in the same home as their new baby, are at significant risk of developing depression during the first five years of fatherhood. ... read more »

Dramatic Rise in E-Cig Calls to Poison Control Centers

Electronic cigarettes "represent an emerging public health concern, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... read more »

Dads Turn Baby Time into Personal Fitness Routines

Two fathers, in particular, have turned their baby time into personal fitness routines that benefit dad while entertaining baby. These fathers have even turned their baby-inspired workouts into books. ... read more »

Coughs, Sneezes Spread Flu Germs Farther Than Expected

The gas cloud that forms after a cough or a sneeze is a lot more complicated than originally thought, according to a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). ... read more »

Benefits of Immediate NICU High-Frequency Breathing Support

One of the toughest hurdles that premature babies must overcome is breathing. Preemies almost always require breathing support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). ... read more »

6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk

A study of 504 breast cancer patients indicates breastfeeding for six months or longer can delay the onset or reduce the risk of early breast cancer even when early breast cancer runs in the family. ... read more »

Sugar is Bigger Heart Attack Risk Than Eggs

A very large-scale study, involving tens of thousands of Americans, revealed recently that it's sugar, not the fat in the egg yolks you crave, that increases the risk for heart disease. ... read more »

Avoid These Hormone-Disrupting Household Chemicals

Some chemicals commonly used in the home, workplace, and just about everywhere else are known as endocrine disrupters because once ingested, they mimic the activity of the body's natural hormones. ... read more »

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe During Pregnancy?

Electronic e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs. In addition, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing fetus. ... read more »

An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol at Bay

Medical science has just given the green light to avocado aficionados to indulge every day. And the science says we can do it guilt-free because it’s actually good for our health. ... read more »

Healthy Vaginal Microbiome and Reproductive Health

We are not the only inhabitants of our bodies.  Each adult human body plays host to roughly 10 million microscopic organisms that help maintain health from head to toe.  Those that inhabit the vagina are important for reproductive health, healthy fetal development, and may even influence the child’s risk for eczema and allergies during infancy. ... read more »

Probiotics No Help for Colicky Babies

A new study, conducted a little differently than most, indicates that probiotics are actually no help with colicky babies in most cases. ... read more »

Move More During Pregnancy for a Healthier Brain

Exercise during pregnancy is a healthy option for most pregnant women to improve sleep and maintain a healthy body. Today, doctors haveanother reason to suggest an exercise program during pregnancy ' reduced risk of neurological disorders in offspring. ... read more »

Gelatin in Flu Shots Trigger Allergic Reactions

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot every year for everyone 6 months old or older. ... read more »

Gene Expression, Not Mutation, Linked to Endometriosis

A new study of the genetics of endometriosis may prove to be a turning point in how the disease is diagnosed and treated. ... read more »

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