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Cluster of Rare Birth Defects Under Investigation
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May 14th, 2014
Health officials are investigating a cluster of serious birth defects in a region of Washington State.
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Baby Talk: Infants May Practice Words in Their Minds
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July 14th, 2014
Areas of the brain responsible for producing speech movement light up in babies' brains month before they say their first words
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Many Parents Not Sure Which Items are Safe for Baby's Crib
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May 7th, 2014
Toys and colorful blankets may make a baby's crib look cute, but many parents are not aware that these items can be hazardous in a newborn's bed, a new study suggests.
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Water Births May be Risky, Doctors' Groups Say
March 19th, 2014
Giving birth in water has no proven benefit and can pose rare but serious risks, so it is not recommended in most circumstances, according to a new report from two leading groups of doctors.
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The Truth About How Mom's Stress Affects Baby's Brain
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February 23rd, 2014
Maternal stress, particularly the chronic stress that comes with poverty, exposes infants to powerful hormones in the womb. Researchers are finding that these hormones have long-lasting effects.
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Women Catch Baby Bug from High School Friends
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May 28th, 2014
Women are more likely to have their first children during the two years after their close high school friends have kids, new research finds.
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Obese Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed
April 30th, 2014
New mothers are less likely to breast-feed if they are obese, a new study suggests.
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Oh Baby: Giving Birth 10 Times May Reduce Mom's Cancer Risk
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March 7th, 2014
Women who give birth to 10 or more children may have a reduced risk of cancer, a new study from Finland suggests.
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