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On energy drinks, a voice of caution -- and reason

The thing I most appreciate about this JAMA editorial is its clear-headed presentation of information without an accompanying demand for government regulation. Its stance seems to be that the public (and the health professionals who advise the public) needs to be aware of the potential risks of energy drinks -- not that people shouldn't be allowed to enjoy energy drinks if they so choose. And there is, thankfully, no mention of an energy-drink tax.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, FDA, Family Health, Kids' health, Parenting, Pregnancy, Teens  
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Study: Womb surgery for spina bifida beneficial

Performing surgery on babies with the most severe form of spina bifida when they are still in the womb doubles the chance that they will be able to walk, according to a federally-funded study released Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 9, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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One embryo good for IVF, study finds

Embryologist Ric Ross places human embryos onto a petri dish at the La Jolla IVF Lab in La Jolla, Calif. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)) Infertile women undergoing IVF are much more likely to end up with a healthy baby if they only have one embryo transferred during...

By Rob Stein  | December 22, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, infertility  
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Teen birth rate hits record low

As the nation continued to struggle in the recession in 2009, the rate at which U.S. women are having babies continued to fall, pushing the teen birth rate to a record low, federal officials reported Tuesday.

By Rob Stein  | December 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Motherhood, Pregnancy, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Older Entries in This Category »

GERD and esophageal cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 14, 2010
A rare heart disorder that can fell new mothers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Home fertility tests questioned, Rob Stein , October 26, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
Will pharmacists fill 'ella' prescriptions?, Rob Stein , September 21, 2010
New sex education data released , Rob Stein , September 15, 2010
'16 and Pregnant' in the classroom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 2, 2010
Clinics' intervention can ward off 'reproductive coercion', Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 1, 2010
New clues to unnecessary Caesareans, Rob Stein , August 30, 2010
Planning a home birth? Read this first., Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 2, 2010
Now people who can't bend over can still shave their legs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 12, 2010
Do cell phone towers cause cancer?, Rob Stein , June 23, 2010
"Eating for two"? Think again., Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2010
 
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