By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2017 0 Comments
    Pregnant Women Suffer Sticker Shock in the Drugs…

    The cost of brand name medicines in the United States is notoriously out of control. Some drug companies have raised prices dramatically, even for old medications that have been available for decades.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Should Women Worry About Antidepressants during …

    When women are pregnant, they frequently worry that something they swallow will harm the developing baby. Previous studies have suggested that mothers who take antidepressants during pregnancy might h…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy without Har…

    Over the last several decades, acid-suppressing drugs have become extremely popular. Medicines like Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec and Nexium 24HR are available over the counter, and many people use them f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 4 Comments
    Looking on the Bright Side of Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness is a common occurrence with early pregnancy. Although it can make women feel miserable, new research shows this cloud has one silver lining. Women with Morning Sickness Less Likely t…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Protect a Pregnancy with Folic Acid

    Adequate levels of the B vitamin folic acid during pregnancy help protect a developing fetus from neural tube defects like spina bifida. But too many women aren't getting as much of the vitamin as th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 6 Comments
    If Mom Overdoses on B Vitamins, Will Her Child B…

    Many Americans operate on the "lottle principle," assuming that if a little is good, a lottle (or a lot) would be better. That can be a risky tactic, especially during pregnancy. Excessive B Vitamins …

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 1 Comments
    Will Mom’s Diet Soda Make Baby Fat?

    Women often worry about gaining too much weight during pregnancy, and with good reason. Extra pounds added during pregnancy can be difficult to shed, even though normal gestational weight gain usually…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Reverse a Consequence of Gestational Diab…

    Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) are more susceptible to several health risks of their own later in life. These include diabetes, but also high blood pressure. Is the…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 2 Comments
    Benefits of Prenatal Vitamin D Are Unclear

    Epidemiological research has suggested that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a variety of serious health conditions including cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disorders, diabetes and dem…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Pregnant Women Should Be Screened for Depression

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force issues recommendations for screening for a variety of diseases and conditions based on the evidence from studies. Usually these public health messages …

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 4 Comments
    Will You Change Your Travel Plans to Avoid Zika …

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning pregnant Americans not to travel to Caribbean and South American regions where mosquitoes carry Zika virus. In addition to Puerto Rico, th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2015 3 Comments
    Antidepressants, Birth Defects and a Broken Syst…

    The headlines from the last few days were scary: "Link Between Some Antidepressants and Birth Defects is Confirmed" The Washington Post "Some Antidepressants May Pose Increased Risk of Birth Defects" …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2015 3 Comments
    Clamping Umbilical Cord Later Can Help Babies

    A little bit of patience from birth attendants may be good for babies, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. In the interests of efficiency and concern about complications, some obstetricians h…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2014 0 Comments
    Body Care Chemicals May Limit Men’s Fertil…

    We've all been told that liberal use of sunscreen is essential to protect our skin from aging and cancer. But could some ingredients in sunscreen be affecting men's fertility? Couples Trying to Concei…