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Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth DefectsFRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S. health officials warn. The antibiotics -- trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) -- have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester. Despite the risk, many pregnant women are still getting these antibiotics, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Birth defects associated with these drugs include heart, brain and facial defects," said Elizabeth Ailes, a health scientist at the CDC and lead author of the report. A 3 percent risk of birth defects is associated...

FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

11 January 2018
FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by KidsTHURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids. These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said. "After safety labeling changes are made, these products will no longer be indicated for use to treat cough in any pediatric population and will be labeled for use only in adults aged 18 years and older," the FDA said in a news release. The newly updated Boxed Warning on these medicines will also warn adult users "about the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death, and slowed or difficult breathing that can result from exposure to...

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

11 January 2018
Serena Williams Shares Childbirth OrdealTHURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping rapidly during contractions. The C-section went off without a hitch and her daughter, Olympia, was born on Sept. 1. But what followed was far from smooth, Williams told the magazine. The next day, Williams suddenly felt short of breath. Having suffered a pulmonary embolism in 2011 following a fall, Williams knew in her bones what was...

Having Too Little of This Nutrient Could Harm a Woman's...

11 January 2018
Having Too Little of This Nutrient Could Harm a Woman`s FertilityTHURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine -- a mineral that helps regulate metabolism -- is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in a new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant, those with moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency were 46 percent less likely to get pregnant during each menstrual cycle than those with sufficient iodine levels. Even women with mildly deficient iodine levels had a slightly harder time getting pregnant, according to researchers led by Dr. James Mills of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Women who are thinking...

With IVF, Are Fresh or Frozen Embryos Better?

11 January 2018
With IVF, Are Fresh or Frozen Embryos Better?THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The chances of having a baby after in vitro fertilization (IVF) are similar for most women whether frozen or fresh embryos are used, a new study finds. In a group of infertile women with normal ovulation, rates of live birth were nearly 49 percent in those who received frozen embryos. Rates were just over 50 percent for women who received fresh embryos, said researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. The study included more than 2,100 women undergoing their first round of IVF. The treatment involves fertilizing a woman's egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryo is then inserted in the woman's uterus. Previous research by this team found that women with polycystic ovarian syndrome -- abnormal ovulation -- fared better...

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