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Feed Infants Variety of Grains in Iron-Fortified Cereals, FDA Urges

Parents who feed their infants and toddlers iron-fortified cereals should make sure they choose a variety of grains, not just rice, to reduce their exposure to inorganic arsenic, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pregnant women should also eat a variety of grains. The recommendations come after the FDA announced a new proposed […]

Caring for Newborn, Improper Lifting Puts Parents at Risk for Back Pain

New parents expect sleepless nights, crying spells and lots of laundry when they bring their baby home from the hospital. They probably should add back pain to the list, too. Fortunately, these new parents, especially mothers, can prevent the back pain that often accompanies caring for a new baby by losing pregnancy weight, strengthening muscles […]

Breastfeeding May Help Lower Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer

Women may be able to protect themselves against an aggressive form of breast cancer by breastfeeding their children, new research shows. According to a large international study, the risk of developing hormone-receptive negative (HRN) breast cancer was cut by up to 20 percent in women who breastfed. This type of breast cancer is more likely […]

CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Abstain from Alcohol

One in 10 women who are pregnant in the United States say they drank alcohol within the last 30 days, putting their babies and themselves at significant risk. Additionally, about one-third of those pregnant drinking mothers reported binge drinking – consuming four or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting. “We know that alcohol use during […]

Breastfeeding May Protect Babies from Childhood Leukemia

New moms can lower their babies’ risk of developing childhood leukemia by breastfeeding them, a new study suggests. Babies who are breastfed for at least six months appear to have a 19 percent lower risk of developing childhood leukemia – the most common childhood cancer, according to a review of multiple studies. Researchers from the […]

Breastfeeding Helps Keep Breast Cancer from Recurring, Study Finds

New research finds that breastfeeding has a protective effect for moms who later have breast cancer. Those who breastfed their babies had a lower risk of the cancer recurring and a lower chance of dying from the disease. According to the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, women diagnosed with breast […]

Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent Gestational Diabetes

Maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and not smoking may help prevent women from developing gestational diabetes – a common pregnancy complication that carries long-term health implications for both mother and child. Indeed, a healthy lifestyle may prevent nearly half of all diabetic pregnancies, according to researchers who looked at data from […]

All Pregnant Women Need Flu Protection, Doctors Urge

All pregnant women should get a flu shot to protect themselves and their infants, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. New data show that all pregnant women, regardless of the trimester, should receive the influenza vaccination, a news release from ACOG states. Several studies in recent years have demonstrated the safety of […]

Excess Body Weight Increases Risk of Ovarian Cancer, Report Finds

Women may be able to lower their risk of ovarian cancer by maintaining a healthy weight. A comprehensive report found that being overweight increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer – the most deadly gynecological cancer in the United States. Ovarian cancer joins a growling list of cancers whose risk is increased by carrying excess […]

Prevent Skin Cancer All Year Long with Sunscreen, Hat

Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed nationwide, simple steps can help people reduce their risk. “The easiest way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin with clothing,” said Dr. Zoe D. Draelos, a board-certified dermatologist and consulting professor at Duke University School of Medicine. “Keep a wide-brimmed hat […]