Health News

Mild Iodine Deficit is Bad While Pregnant
Iodine deficiency is “the single most important preventable cause of brain damage” according to the WHO. Contrary to popular belief, kids born in developed nations are at risk too. 
Lupus Rx In Utero Tied to Learning Issues
Azathioprine therapy for lupus is generally considered safe during pregnancy. But children exposed to azathioprine in the womb may be at higher risk of developing speech problems.
Pregnant? Reach for Folic Acid
One of the most important nutrients for pregnant women to get while carrying a baby is folic acid. Health officials already knew it was good for babies' brains, but it may help their hearts too.
Flame Retardant Chemicals Raise Concerns
Throughout our entire lives, we interact with chemicals. The vast majority of these chemicals do us good or cause no harm. A small number, however, are linked to mental health issues.
Arriving On Time Better Than Too Early
Medicine has advanced considerably in the care of babies born extremely early. However, these babies are still at high risk for long-term problems, and every extra week counts.
Pediatricians Weigh in on Home Birth
Home births in the US have been increasing, but how safe is it to have a baby at home? Do these children have less access to emergency care if needed. 
Reading the Future in Placenta Cells?
Autism runs in families, past research has shown. But even when a family risk is known, children are not usually diagnosed with autism until they are toddlers.
Expecting a Baby? Expect Regular Visits
It can be tempting to skip out on doctor's appointments occasionally to save money in health costs. When pregnant, however, women should think twice before skipping a prenatal visit.
No Spoonful of Medicine for the Kiddo
It can be frustrating to watch your toddler or your baby suffer from a cold or a bad cough. But giving them over-the-counter medicines is not usually a good idea.
How Well Are Little Hearts Surviving?
The ability of doctors to care for newborns with birth defects continues to improve in the US. Babies who may have died from a serious defect decades ago are more likely to survive now.