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From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain's Health
Brain Power
November 19th, 2014
Poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age, a slew of new research shows.
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First Baby Is Born to Woman with Womb Transplant
October 3rd, 2014
In a medical first, a baby is born to a woman who had received a womb transplant, doctors report.
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US Preterm Birth Rate Drops to 17-Year Low
The annual "report card" of the nation's preterm birth rate from the March of Dimes.
November 6th, 2014
The percentage of babies born prematurely in the United States dropped again last year, reaching a 17-year low, according to a new report.
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Egg Freezing: 5 Things You Need to Know
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October 22nd, 2014
The announcement that Apple and Facebook will cover the steep cost of egg freezing for its employees has many people talking about the risks and benefits of the procedure.
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US Ranks Behind 25 Other Countries in Infant Mortality
A newborn baby is held in a woman's arms
September 24th, 2014
The rate of infant mortality in the U.S. is double that of some other developed countries, and the relatively high rate of death among babies born at full term in the United States plays a role in this, a new report says.
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Liberal and Conservative States Equally Clueless About Abortions
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August 18th, 2014
Americans living in politically liberal states and those in conservative states have an equally low understanding of abortion's health effects and the laws regarding the procedure, a new national survey finds.
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C-Section Rates Continue to Decline in the US
A stethoscope on a pregnant woman's belly
November 4th, 2014
The number of babies delivered by cesarean section in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past several decades, but that trend is now reversing, according to a new CDC report.
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Middleton's 2nd Pregnancy: Is Short Spacing Healthy?
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September 9th, 2014
Duchess Kate Middleton is pregnant again, about 13 months after giving birth to her first child, but is such a short time between pregnancies healthy?
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