Lactation consultant visits spur breastfeeding among women who usually resist it

In two separate clinical trials, researchers have found that periodic meetings with a lactation consultant encourages women traditionally resistant to breastfeeding to do so, at least for a few months — long enough for mother and child to gain health benefits. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News

Diagnosed diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes on the rise among privately insured Americans

About 8.8 percent of the privately insured population in 2012 had diabetes or was diagnosed as being at high risk for diabetes, up from 8.3 percent in 2011, but the rates of disease varied depending on age, gender and region of the country, says a new report from HCCI. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical […]

HSV-2 Falls Among New Moms

(MedPage Today) — Type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) decreased significantly among new mothers over a 21-year period, researchers reported. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Despite economic blows, infant health has improved among US poor

Infant health has steadily improved among the United States’ most disadvantaged groups, despite worsening economic conditions for those at the bottom. Researchers cite targeted programs and policies as the driving forces behind such marked improvement. Disadvantaged mothers have poorer health than their advantaged peers. They are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and use illicit […]

Dispatcher-assisted CPR increases survival among children

Children who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital are more likely to survive with good brain function if emergency dispatchers give bystanders CPR instruction. CPR with chest compressions and breaths led to more favorable neurological outcomes in kids. Many causes may be responsible for a child’s heartbeat and breathing to stop: choking, drowning, electrical shock, […]

‘UK’s suicide rate highest among middle-aged men’

Suicide rates were in the news, with The Guardian reporting that men are at higher risk than women and The Daily Telegraph saying that middle-aged men are the highest risk group. The stories are based on a report on suicides in the UK for 2012. It reveals that overall, the number of people committing suicide […]

3-fold increase in pregnancy among young girls with mental illness

Young girls with mental illness are three times more likely to become teenage parents than those without a major mental illness, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women’s College Hospital. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today