Study shows breastfeeding longer makes baby smarter

by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories We’ve all heard the jokes about babies who breastfeed longer than “the norm”. Sometimes they come from well-meaning friends and family members. Other times they just come from random people who don’t have a clue. “You’re still nursing?” “Isn’t he a little too old for that?” “If he’s… […]

Study shows maternal health program in India failing to deliver

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $ 25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Another cell study spun as ‘age-reversing miracle’

Those of us concerned that we may not be looking as young as we used to have received an early Christmas present according to various news outlets. The Mail Online tells us that, “the secret of looking up to 40 years younger” has been identified by scientists in the US. Sadly, this Christmas present fails […]

Study tracks health effects of fracking chemicals

“Chemicals used in fracking could cause infertility, cancer and birth defects,” the Daily Mail has reported. The story comes from a study that examined whether 12 of the chemicals used in “fracking” (a method of gas and oil extraction) can disrupt the action of human sex hormones. The study also looked at hormone-disrupting properties in […]

Study demonstrates far-reaching impact of maternal deaths on children in Tanzania

Maternal health advocates often point out that when a mother dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, her surviving family members, particularly her children are left to face a range of negative effects. And, indeed, substantial quantitative evidence from around the world has reinforced this claim: there is little doubt that maternal deaths are strongly […]

For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds

Title: For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/19/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet Pregnancy General

For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study

Title: For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/11/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/11/2014 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet Pregnancy General

Exercise may cut breast cancer risk, study finds

"Exercise lowers risk of breast cancer after menopause," reports The Independent. This and similar headlines were sparked by a large study of postmenopausal teachers that found increased recreational activity was associated with a 10% decrease in the risk of breast cancer. The risk reduction eroded among some women who became less active over the years, […]

Stress during pregnancy can be passed down through generations, rat study shows

To better understand problems during pregnancies today, we should look to the experiences of our ancestors, research suggests. Scientists investigating pregnancies in four generations of rats show that inherited epigenetic effects of stress could affect pregnancies for generations. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

New mothers still excessively sleepy after 4 months, study shows

New mothers are being urged to be cautious about returning to work too quickly, after a study found one in two were still excessively sleepy four months after giving birth. “Sleep disruption strongly influences daytime function, with sleepiness recognized as a risk-factor for people performing critical and dangerous tasks,” an author of the new article […]

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