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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 […]

Pregnancy Complications May Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Complications during pregnancy may signal heart disease later in life for women. Gestational high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm birth not only pose potential health risks to the baby and mother during pregnancy, but are also associated with an increased risk for heart disease later in life. While pregnancy complications have not been found to […]

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 […]

Exercise May Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant and experiencing back pain may want to ask their doctor for exercise suggestions. Physical exercises before and during pregnancy can be effective in preventing and reducing low back and pelvic pain, according to a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s […]

Women Who Work Long Hours, Lift Heavy Loads May Struggle to Get Pregnant

Women who work more than 40 hours a week take 20 percent longer to become pregnant compared to their peers who work fewer hours, a new study finds. Researchers also found that women who routinely lift loads of at least 25 pounds several times a day spent about 50 percent longer trying to conceive. The […]

Study Shows Effectiveness of Rotavirus Vaccine for Infants

Six years after physicians nationwide began routinely vaccinating babies against rotavirus, the number of children under the age of 5 who needed to be hospitalized for the diarrheal illness dropped by 94 percent. Additionally, hospitalizations for overall gastrointestinal illnesses for this age group were halved, according to a study published in the June 9 issue […]

Many Children Not Receiving Preventive Care, CDC Report Shows

Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services that help prevent and detect conditions and diseases, according to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clinical preventive services include prenatal breastfeeding counseling, newborn hearing  screening and follow-up, developmental screening, lead screening, […]

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 […]

More Mothers Choose to Breastfeed Newborns, CDC Report Shows

A new federal report shows more women are choosing to initially breastfeed their newborns but many discontinue the healthy practice too soon. Nearly 8 out of 10 newborn infants in the United States start to breastfeed after they are born, according to this year’s Breastfeeding Report Card, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Stress Doubles Risk of Infertility, Study Shows

Women trying to conceive may be able to increase their fertility by eliminating stress from their lives. Researchers have found that not only does stress delay pregnancy, but it also doubles the risk of infertility, according to a news release from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The new study adds insight into previous research […]