No Link Found Between Epidural Use and Autism

Exposure to epidural analgesia during labor did not show a link to a later diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a population-based cohort study published April 19 in JAMA Pediatrics. Though the initial analysis showed an association, adjustment for a wide range of demographic, medical, and birth factors eliminated the link. The authors note that their findings contrast with […]

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Ohio Can Enforce Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions: US Appeals Court

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Ohio can enforce a 2017 law banning abortions when medical tests show that a fetus has Down syndrome. In a 9-7 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the law did not create a substantial obstacle to obtaining abortions, was reasonably related to Ohio’s legitimate interests, […]

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Bedtime Soon After Meals Raises Reflux Risk in Pregnancy

A shorter period between eating and going to sleep increased the risk of GERD during pregnancy by approximately 12%, according to data from 400 women. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition in pregnancy because of changes in gastrointestinal motility caused by hormonal changes, and a short meal-to-bed time (MTBT) also has been associated with increased GERD symptoms, but […]

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COVID-19 in pregnancy associated with adverse outcomes for mother and baby

Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in pregnancy is associated with preeclampsia, stillbirth, preterm birth and other adverse outcomes, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . “Our findings suggest that pregnant people with COVID-19 have an increased risk of high blood pressure, stillbirth and preterm birth. Their newborns are more likely to need […]

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New report calls for comprehensive smoke-free policies

A new WHO report, Tobacco Control To Improve Child Health And Development, calls for raising awareness among practitioners and policymakers about the importance of strong tobacco control measures for protecting the health and development of children, including banning tobacco advertising, implementing 100% smoke-free environments and raising taxes on tobacco. Exposure to tobacco smoke has devastating impacts throughout childhood and adolescence, […]

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MSNBC’s Katy Tur Decided to Get Vaccinated While Pregnant After a ‘COVID Scare’ at Home

MSNBC's Katy Tur had been debating getting the COVID-19 vaccine during her pregnancy. Under New York's eligibility requirements, she was eligible to get vaccinated — and she knew that pregnant women are at a significantly higher risk of severe illness and death if they contract the virus. But because the vaccines had not yet undergone trials in pregnant women, she […]

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How to Get Away with Murder's Aja Naomi King Is Pregnant After Two Miscarriages: 'Immense Joy'

Aja Naomi King is expecting her "rainbow baby." The How to Get Away with Murder star, 36, revealed on Instagram Thursday morning that she is pregnant, happy news that comes after two previous miscarriages. Sharing an image of herself showing off her baby bump, she called her future child "Baby King" and emotionally opened up about her feelings as she […]

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