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MONDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) — Newborn hearing screenings don’t detect all children at risk for hearing loss, a new study finds. Researchers in Illinois examined data from 391 children who received cochlear implants in the state from 1991 to 2008, and found that nearly one-third of children who received the implants had passed newborn […]
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THURSDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) — A second company reports that it has developed a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome, potentially providing yet another option for pregnant women who want to know whether their unborn child has the condition. Last fall, Sequenom Inc. announced that it was making a prenatal Down syndrome blood […]
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FRIDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) — Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy are not at increased risk for autism, according to a new study. Smoking during pregnancy has been considered a possible cause of autism in children due to known links between smoking and behavioral disorders and obstetric complications, but previous studies of […]
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MONDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — Children of parents who survived childhood cancer are unlikely to suffer from birth defects, finds a new study that should allay some concerns about long-term effects of treatment. It appears that DNA damage done by chemotherapy and radiation of the reproductive organs doesn’t increase the risk that children will […]
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(HealthDay News) — Smoking can cause serious complications during pregnancy, and can cause life-threatening problems for a baby. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these complications — for mother and child — that can occur from smoking during pregnancy: Increased difficulty getting pregnant. Increased risk of miscarriage. Increased
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MONDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) — Acting on 2010 U.S. Health and Human Services recommendations, a panel of pediatric and cardiac experts has outlined a strategy for routine screening of newborns to improve detection of congenital heart disease.  By measuring oxygen levels in newborns’ blood before hospital discharge, doctors would be better able to
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