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Birth Problems Linked to Teenage Fathers

Risky behaviors may damage sperm, experts say

Eye Blinks May ID Fetal Alcohol Exposure

Study links a brain area to later learning deficits

Very Premature Babies Don't Get Follow-Up Care

The problem is particularly widespread among Medicaid families, study finds

Pregnant Women With Asthma Should Stay on Low Dose of Meds

Group sets guidelines on monitoring for fetal growth restriction, preterm birth

Epsom Salt Cut Cerebral Palsy Rate in Half Among Preemies

Researchers note most hospitals already stocked with simple, inexpensive solution

Folic Acid May Help Prevent Premature Birth

Women took the B vitamin for one year before conception, study reports

Once Again, Caffeine Linked to Miscarriage

Drinking more than 200 milligrams daily doubles risk, study finds

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades

New report does find medical abortions on the increase

Elective Caesareans Raise Risk of Breathing Problems in Newborns

Chance of trouble was 2 to 4 times greater than with vaginal delivery, emergency C-sections

Extra Doses of Vitamins C, E Don't Guard Against Preeclampsia

Study adds to evidence that supplementation during pregnancy makes little difference

Fetal Exposure to Arsenic Affects Genes

Contaminated water could boost child's cancer risk, study finds

Preeclampsia Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Women need to be aware of their heart disease risk before and after pregnancy

Fish Safe for Pregnant Women to Eat

Too many aren't consuming recommended levels, experts say

15% of Women Struggle With Pregnancy-Related Depression

Doctors need to be more proactive in diagnosing the condition, study says

Mother's Blood Could Offer Insights Into Fetal Health

Non-invasive test for fetal RNA offers possible advance over invasive tests

Steroids Seem Safe for Babies at Risk of Early Birth

But one study raises the possibility of risk of cerebral palsy

Study Questions Genetic Screening for Treatable Diseases

In some cases, parents opt for abortion when symptoms may be mild, study finds

Group B Strep: A Threat to Newborns That Doesn't Have to Be

Antibiotics during delivery protect against potentially deadly infection

Treating Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Lead to Thinner Kids

Increased chances of being overweight, obese by age 7 were virtually erased, study finds

Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant: Birth Defects

Research finds a much greater risk of finger and toe deformities

Medical Abortion Won't Affect Future Pregnancies

Risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy didn't increase when compared to surgical abortion, study finds

Maternal Obesity Heightens Risk of Birth Defects

Problems range from heart defects to missing limbs, study finds

Progesterone Prevents Preterm Birth for Some Women

Studies found hormone helped those with short cervix, but not those carrying twins, triplets

Folic Acid Fortification a Success in Canada

Decrease in neural tube birth defects even more than seen in the U.S., study finds

Screening IVF Embryos Ineffective for Older Moms

European study finds procedure results in lower live birth rates

Moms, Dads With MS Equal Transmitters of Disease

Finding contradicts earlier report that men twice as likely to pass on genetic risk

Lower Premiums Can Cost More in Long Run With Maternity Care

Consumer-driven plans not always the best deal, report finds

Preemies Do Best at Experienced Medical Centers

Study suggests hospitals should pool resources to create top neonatal centers

Premature Babies Face Future Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure Problems

But the threats can be managed through proper diet and exercise, study says

Race Plays Role in Women's Folic Acid Intake

Those of childbearing age risk neural tube defects in babies without it, study says

Simple Workout Urged for Pregnant Women on Bed Rest

Too much inactivity can atrophy muscles, physical therapists warn

Doctors Should Test for Down Syndrome

But association of obstetricians and gynecologists says final choice should rest with the mother

U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Twice as High for Blacks

But overall rate down by 10% since 1995, study finds

Migraines During Pregnancy Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke

Study advises women to control risk factors such as diabetes and obesity

Supreme Court Abortion Ban Ruling Draws Mixed Reaction

Upheld law still allows some late-term abortions; medical experts see minimal impact except for women who need them

Emotions Play Major Role in Teen Condom Use

Managing stress associated with birth control key to promoting safe sex, study finds

Mother's Beef Consumption May Affect Son's Fertility

The more meat eaten, the lower the sperm count, study suggests

Undocumented Immigrants' Childbirth Is Top Emergency Medicaid Expense

Study of N.C. data shows first look at health care needs of burgeoning population.

Ageless Fatherhood? Maybe Not

A man's biological clock ticks, too, researchers are discovering

Fish During Pregnancy Helps Child's Development

Study contradicts U.S. government advice on limiting fish intake

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Boosts Lifetime Heart Risk

It's linked to hardening of the arteries in later life, study finds

Experimental Prenatal Test Helps Spot Birth Defects

It's noninvasive, but don't expect to see it on the market soon

One-Quarter of Vaginal Births Cause Tiny Brain Hemorrhages

But experts say this slight bleeding doesn't cause symptoms and is probably 'normal'

Folic Acid Supplements Cut Babies' Risk of Cleft Lip

Study finds daily dose of 400 micrograms or more drops rate by 40%

Delaying AIDS Treatment After Birth May Help Infected Moms

Six-month wait for nevirapine use could lessen resistance to antiretroviral therapy

Down Syndrome Screening Recommended for All Expectant Moms

New guidelines say pregnant women of all ages should get less invasive screen

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Boosts Disease Risk Later in Life

Threat of stroke, heart attack and midlife high blood pressure all increase, study finds

Drug-Induced Labor Carries Risk of Rare But Dangerous Complication

Amniotic-fluid embolism can prove fatal to mother, study says

Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Have Preemies

But these women shouldn't abandon hopes of having children, researcher adds