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The Checkup Archive: Reproductive Health

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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Hot flashes, night sweats may reduce breast cancer risk

It sounds too good to be true, but there might be a bright side to the night sweats, hot flashes and other unpleasantries associated with menopause. A new study finds that women who experience such symptoms may be at reduced risk of several common forms of breast cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, Reproductive Health, Women's Health, menopause  
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Modern Family: When kids walk in during sex

I cannot believe that the blogosphere is not buzzing itself silly about last night's (hilarious) episode of Modern Family, which raised the all-important question: What should parents do if their kids walk in on them during sex?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 20, 2011; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Life's Big Questions, Parenting, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens  
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Nearly all pregnant women harbor potentially harmful chemicals

The first study to measure the number of potentially toxic chemicals in the bodies of pregnant women finds that virtually all harbor multiple contaminants -- many at levels already shown to be harmful to humans.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins, Infant health, Motherhood, Parenting, Reproductive Health, 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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Older Entries in This Category »

Some young adults with STDs say they've never had sex, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 3, 2011
One embryo good for IVF, study finds, Rob Stein , December 22, 2010
A rare heart disorder that can fell new mothers, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Acne, Accutane and suicide risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 15, 2010
Home fertility tests questioned, Rob Stein , October 26, 2010
Teen birth rates vary by state , Rob Stein , October 20, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
New study questions mammograms, Rob Stein , September 23, 2010
 
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