Health News

Pertussis Vaccine Recommended for Mom and Baby
With a recent spike in the number of cases tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doctors are reminding pregnant women and parents of small children of pertussis vaccination guidelines.
Consumer Reports to FDA: Bring Back List of Lower-Mercury Fish
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants women of childbearing age and young children to eat more fish that are lower in mercury. But Consumer Reports is taking issue with some of the FDA's recommendations and actions.
Singing May Enhance Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Therapy
Lullabies are a quick and simple way to comfort newborn babies. And they may also enhance the benefits of skin-to-skin therapy.
Babies Screened Early for SCID Were More Likely to Live
Immunodeficiency in newborns can put them at risk for death or lifelong health problems. New research shows how important early screening may be for newborns' health.
World Breastfeeding Week Promotes Nursing
Breastfeeding can offer a number of benefits to mother and child, such as a reduced risk of diabetes and asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) tries to promote those benefits each year with World Breastfeeding Week.
Weaning Newborns With a Plan
When babies are born to mothers who used opiates, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which require treatment.
Jaundice in Newborns Was Fairly Common
Hospital employees usually watch for jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, in newborns. Recent research suggests many newborns have this condition.
Family History of Cerebral Palsy May Increase Risk in Children
Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability among children. Past studies have uncovered various risk factors for the condition, and new research suggests family may play a role in a child's risk for cerebral palsy.
Sweet, Safe Sleeping for Babies
The safest way for infants to sleep is on their backs on a separate sleeping surface, clear of all blankets, pillows and other objects. Other ways of sleeping can increase the risk of tragedy.
Obesity's Role in Newborn Fat Mass
Parents play a crucial part in keeping their children healthy. For mothers, that influence starts when their baby is in the womb.