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17 Mar

Taxing Cigarettes Reduces Infant Death Rate, Study Finds

Raising cigarette taxes may lead to significant reductions in infant mortality, according to a new study.

02 Dec

HealthDay Now: What To Expect From Psychedelic Therapy

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to award-nominated actor, Tony Head, a research participant in a Johns Hopkins clinical trial of psilocybin. Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2011 and he shares how his experience with psilocybin helped him face his fears of dying.

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A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

"Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

Babies delivered by cesarean section are no more likely to have food allergies during their first year of life than other infants, according to an Australian study.

The association between type of delivery and food allergy risk had been unclear, so researchers decided to take a closer look.

For the study, they analyzed data on more than 2,000 infants in Australia; 30% were delivered...

A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the S...

A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

Earlier this week, the FDA...

Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it in...

As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

"Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)....

The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners — linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States — will be banned under a new law signed by President Joe Biden.

"This is a long-fought and important victory for ba...

Dealing with a crippling shortage of infant formula that has many U.S. parents desperate, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced "increased flexibilities" in allowing foreign manufacturers to help boost American supply of the vital product.

Also on Monday, the FDA announced that an Abbott Nutrition baby formula manufacturing facility in Michigan that has been closed since F...

A nationwide baby formula shortage continues across the United States, with desperate parents scouring shelves to find nutrition for their infants.

Millions of babies rely on formula -- the only source of nutrition recommended for infants who aren’t exclusively breastfed.

Two prominent pediatricians have advice for parents who are scrambling to find formula, offering a list of do...

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is continuing its efforts to boost the country's supply of infant formula.

Amid shortages due to high demand amid recall and supply issues, stores have limited the number of products consumers can purchase. Mothers across the United States...

It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

"Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted study co-author Sallie Porter, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Jersey. "Children with

Supply chain issues around the world are fueling a shortage of baby formula -- and the problem is only getting worse.

About 40% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock during the week ending April 24 in the United States, CBS News reported. That’s an increase from just 11% in November and still a large bump from

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  • Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research suggests.

    "Mom's elevated psychological distress affects not just her, but her unborn baby's brain development," said st...

    An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.

    The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most of the time, RSV causes nothing more than a cold. But it can lead to seri...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the antiviral remdesivir as the first COVID-19 treatment for young children.

    The drug had so far only been available to this age group under a special FDA emergency use authorization order.

    Now, doctors treating kids under 12 who are hospitalized or are at home with mild-to-moderate COVID but a high risk for severe COVID ca...

    When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    Supply chain problems are causing significant shortages of baby formula in the United States, and some retailers are now limiting how much people can buy at one time.

    About three-quarters of U.S. babies receive formula within their first six month...

    Correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life, new studies show.

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in babies, affecting more than 1 in 6. Glucose (sugar) is the main source of energy for the brain, and untre...

    Researchers report that overgrowth of a part of the brain that's associated with autism occurs during infancy, a finding that may make it possible to diagnose the disorder at an earlier age.

    The amygdala is a small structure in the brain that's crucial in interpreting social and emotional cl...

    In a finding that could influence future COVID vaccine recommendations for the youngest Americans, new research finds that infants and toddlers have a stronger immune response to the new coronavirus than adults do.

    To arrive at that conclusion, scientists analyzed blood samples collected from 682 unvaccinated children and adults up to age 62, in 175 Maryland households between November 20...

    FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) --The Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care, a new study shows.

    "The relatively high hospitalization rate and the large number of medication doses our COVID-19 croup patients required suggests that COVID-19 might cause more severe croup compared to other vir...

    Could cigarette taxes help lower newborn and infant death rates?

    Yes, claims a new study. The researchers suggest that pregnant women are less likely to smoke when tobacco taxes are raised, leading to fewer infants being exposed to secondhand smoke.

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  • Bringing home a baby should be an exciting and blissful time, but for many new parents, colossal out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy and delivery take the joy out of this milestone.

    Some low-income families spend close to 20% of their annual income on medical costs during the year of pregnancy and birth, a new study found.

    "Being pregnant and delivering a baby puts many families at fi...

    Each year, RSV sends as many as 58,000 kids under age 5 to U.S. hospitals, but a vaccine in development may dramatically reduce the risk for severe illness.

    RSV, short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, typically circul...

    If you're a parent using Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formulas, here's updated facts on the ongoing product recall.

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates, Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain powdered formulas made at its Sturgis, Mich., facility. The products have been linked to bacterial infections in five babies. All had to be hospitalized and two died, possibl...

    First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

    Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon after giving birth, according to the

    Smoking in the weeks before and after conception has a potentially unhealthy effect on an embryo, Dutch research shows.

    "Smoking not only impacts an embryo’s growth during pregnancy and birth weight, but also embryo development right from the very early stages of pregnancy," sa...

    New research suggests that doctors should be cautious about giving newborns antibiotics because they can upset a baby's gut microbiome -- the balance of bacteria in their digestive systems.

    "We were surprised with the magnitude and duration of the effects of broad spectrum anti...

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

    Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already having heart risks like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and obesity.

    A new study finds that 60% -- even...

    Babies whose moms were vaccinated during pregnancy against COVID-19 have long-lasting antibody protection, a new study finds.

    "Many interested parties from parents to pediatricians want to know how long maternal antibodies persist in infants after vaccination, and now we can provide some answers," said co-senior study author Dr. Andrea Edlow. She is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine...

    If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

    Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency department treatment for tip-over injuries, and nearly 44% were under 18, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm...

    Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.

    "If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry with the University of Minnesota.

    Sarvas offers up the Oreo test and other ...

    Sharing food and smooching are two ways babies can suss out whom they can depend on to take care for them, a new study suggests.

    The tell-tale clue common to both is a surprising one: saliva.

    “Babies don’t know in advance which relationships are the close and morally obligating ones, so they have to ha...

    Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.

    “Breast milk is an invaluable source of nutrition to infants," said lead author Dr. Paul Krogstad of the University of California, Los Angeles.

    "In our study, we found no evidence that breast milk from mothers infected with COVID-19 contained inf...

    Parents struggling with infant feeding issues may have another reason to persevere: New research ties feeding problems with an increased risk of developmental delays.

    For the study, the mothers of nearly 3,600 children were surveyed about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age, such as gagging, crying during meals or pushing food away. The children were also screened for developm...

    That sing-song speech parents use when talking to their babies is universal, and infants tend to prefer it.

    So, when a baby doesn't seem to engage with this melodic "motherese," or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Researchers at the University of California, S...

    Babies born at the height of the pandemic appear to suffer small but significant delays in their motor and social development, a new study reports.

    Babies were particularly at risk if their mothers were in the first trimester of their pregnancy during spring 2020, when the United States entered lockdowns.

    "It's important to recognize these are very slight differences. There weren't ...

    Moms who had COVID-19 in pregnancy can breathe easier thanks to a small, new study that found no growth or development problems in 6-month-old babies whose mothers had the virus while expecting.

    “Our results should be reassuring to pregnant women with COVID-19 who are worried about how the virus might affect the baby,” said study co-author Dr. Malika Shah, a neonatologist at the Child...

    When it comes to fending off new viruses, baby has Mom and Dad beat.

    An infant's immune system is better than an adult's at combating new viruses, researchers say.

    Compared to adults, babies get a lot of viral respiratory infections, but babies are dealing with these viruses for the first time, study author Donna Farber pointed out.

    “Adults don’t get sick as often because ...

    The sound of mom's voice can soothe a fussy baby like nothing else, but now new research suggests that an infant is also calmed by the scent of its mother.

    Prior animal studies had already shown that olfaction -- smell -- "is very important, that mother's smell is very critical for attachment," noted study author Ruth Feldman. "Young recognize mother by her smell, and mother and habitat a...

    You may feel silly doing it, but baby talk helps your infant learn the basics of human language, a new study suggests.

    By mimicking the sound of a smaller vocal tract, baby talk guides babies on how words should sound coming out of their own mouths, the researchers explained.

    "It seems t...

    Fever-related seizures in young children can be alarming for parents, but they're usually not life-threatening, an expert says.

    During a so-called febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness, experience body stiffness and have full-body shaking. The seizures -- which typically last a minute or two, but can go on longer -- rarely require medication, and the majority don't require hospi...

    Stop that racket!

    A screeching rubber chicken tops this year's list of noisy toys that pose a threat to children's hearing.

    The Sight & Hearing Association's annual Noisy Toys List for 2021 includes toys that tested louder than 85 decibels (dB), which is the U.S. National Institute...

    Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers has found.

    According to a team led by Edwina Yeung, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, introducing fruit juice to infants before they were a year ...

    If you buy or get items such as furniture or TVs during the holidays, be sure to get anti-tip-over kits for them to protect your children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says.

    From 2017 through 2019, an average of 11,100 U.S. children were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for injuries from tip-overs. And between 2000 and 2019, 469 children aged 17 and you...

    Sorry, parents, but giving your babies enriched formula won't improve their chances of doing well in school when they're in their teens, a new study shows.

    The research was prompted by claims that enriched formula promotes brain development.

    To learn more, researchers analyzed data from seven randomized trials of nutritionally modified infant formula conducted at five British hospit...

    When children have colds, parents may want to hold off on using cough and cold medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests.

    Most children get better on their own, and cough or cold medicines won't change the natural course of a cold or make it go away faster.

    Also, some cough and cold medicines can have serious side effects, such as slowed breathing, which can be life-...

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