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The Seven Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control, Including One Nearly All of Us Struggle With

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There are many things you can do to lower your heart disease risks. This article from cardiologist Dr. Mauro Moscucci of LifeBridge Health looks at the seven modifiable risk factors (according the the American Heart Association) and the one most of us struggle with.

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To Prevent Infection After C-Section, Chlorhexidine Better Than Iodine

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Chlorhexidine-alcohol skin prep is superior to iodine-alcohol for preventing infection after C-section, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Using Steroids Before Late Preterm Delivery Reduces Neonatal Respiratory Problems

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian have found that using corticosteroids in mothers at risk for late preterm delivery reduced the incidence of severe respiratory complications in their babies.

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Sparse Coverage Hinders Infertility Treatment Access

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A newly published review article finds that use of infertility treatments in the United States, ranging from medicines to in vitro fertilization, is likely hindered by widespread gaps in insurance coverage of reproductive services and technology.

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Prior Surgical Abortion Linked to Subsequent Preterm Birth

Surgical methods used in a common form of abortion or to clear the womb after a spontaneous miscarriage appears to significantly increase the risk of a later preterm birth, say researchers at Thomas Jefferson University who analyzed 36 studies that enrolled more than 1 million women.

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UNC Health Care to Participate in National Registry to Improve the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

– A first-of-its-kind national registry to improve treatment for women with uterine fibroids is being implemented across the U.S., including in the Triangle-area. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that nearly 80 percent of American women will get in their lifetimes.

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OBGYN Expert from Houston Methodist is available for interviews regarding the Zika Virus

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Fertility Experts Identify Genetic Pattern in Womb Linked to IVF Failure

Fertility experts in Southampton and the Netherlands have identified a specific genetic pattern in the womb that could predict whether or not IVF treatment is likely to be successful.

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No Evidence That Water Birth Poses Harm to Newborns

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There is no evidence that water births, where a baby is intentionally born under water in a tub or pool, poses any increased harm to the child, Oregon State University researchers have found.

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Depression of Either Parent During Pregnancy Linked to Premature Birth

Depression in both expectant mothers and fathers increases the risk of premature birth, finds a study published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

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Study Finds Strong Link Between Pre-Pregnancy Obesity and Infant Deaths

Pre-pregnancy obesity is strongly associated with infant mortality, and compliance with weight-gain guidelines during pregnancy has a limited impact on that mortality risk, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers shows.

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Loyola Chicago Infectious Disease Expert Talks Zika Virus

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Maternal Fetal Expert Available to Speak About Zika Virus Risk for Pregnant Women

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Antidepressant Drug Linked with Increased Risk of Birth Defects When Taken in Early Pregnancy

Using paroxetine--a medication prescribed to treat conditions including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder--during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase newborns' risk of congenital malformations and cardiac malformations. That's the conclusion of a recent analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Should Pregnant Women Stop Taking Antidepressants After New JAMA Study Shows Increased Risk of Autism?

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Timing of First Childbirth Influences Women’s Health at Age 40

A new study finds some surprising ways in which women’s health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history.

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Access to Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies Remains Persistently Limited for Cancer Patients Nationwide, Study Shows

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers shows wide racial and economic disparities in access to minimally invasive hysterectomies for early uterine cancer in the United States.

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Smoking in Pregnancy 'Affects Boys' Fitness in Later Life'

Mothers who smoke are putting more than their own health at risk, suggests a study published today in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). Young men whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had lower aerobic fitness compared to those whose mothers did not.