Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

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(HealthDay News) — Doctors should screen all pregnant women for preeclampsia, a serious complication tied to high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Expectant mothers should have their blood pressure checked throughout their pregnancy — even if they have no signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, according to the task force’s final …

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Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child’s Risk of Epilepsy

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(HealthDay News) — Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy — a seizure disorder — if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The risk of epilepsy in children goes up as a mother’s weight goes up — reaching as high as 82 percent among kids of severely …

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Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

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(HealthDay News) — Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals. The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (“whooping cough”) while pregnant rose …

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Tests to Spot ‘Preemie’ Birth Risk Ineffective in First Pregnancies

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(HealthDay News) — Two tests that screen for preterm birth risk rarely spot trouble in first-time pregnancies, a new study suggests. The tests’ predictive powers were assessed for naturally occurring preterm deliveries only, and not for medical procedures such as cesarean surgery or induced labor. “These methods of assessing women in their first pregnancy do …

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Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC

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(HealthDay News) — Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Even worse, “when you look just at brain abnormalities and microcephaly, what we are seeing is …

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Deportation Fears Tied to Poor Birth Outcomes for Hispanics

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After immigration raid, women had increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight babies, research contends. (HealthDay News) — The threat of deportation from the United States may put pregnant Hispanic women and their babies at risk, researchers suggest. In their study, the researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that the chances of both …

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U.S. Deaths From Cervical Cancer May Be Underestimated

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Rates rose when latest study excluded women who’d already undergone hysterectomy. (HealthDay News) — The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds. “This is a preventable disease and women should …

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Florida Now Zika-Free: CDC

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But Texas reporting 4 new cases of possible infections, near the Mexican border. (HealthDay News) — Florida is now Zika-free, U.S. health officials reported Friday. One area in south Miami Beach had remained an active zone for local transmission of the virus, which can cause severe birth defects in babies born to women who are …

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Wide Variation Seen in ‘Dense’ Breast Diagnoses

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Doctors may misjudge a woman’s cancer risks as a result, researchers say. MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A woman’s odds of being told she has “dense” breasts may depend on which radiologist reads her mammogram, a new study finds. The study, which involved centers in four U.S. states, found that radiologists varied widely in how often they defined … Read More