But studies have found that children are at higher risk for autism if they are born early or very small; if they are in medical distress during delivery; if they have older mothers or fathers; or if they are born less than a year after an older sibling. Autism risk also goes up if a mother has diabetes or high blood pressure; is obese; is infected with rubella, or German measles; is exposed to significant air pollution during pregnancy; had low levels of folic acid; takes medications such as an anti-seizure drug called valproic acid; or makes antibodies toxic to the fetal brain. Science has ruled out vaccines as a cause of autism, says Gregory, who notes that the original myth about autism and immunizations arose from bogus research that has since been retracted. And while the link between autism and jump-starting labor is consistent with smaller, earlier studies, the research doesn’t prove that labor induction or augmentation actually causes autism, Gregory says. In Gregory’s study, researchers analyzed the records of 625,042 North Carolina births, which were linked to school records that noted any diagnosis of autism. Those records didn’t specify where children fell on the autism spectrum, the study says.
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Pregnancy Wisdom Questioned: Are Alcohol, Caffeine Really Off Limits?
There is no amount of alcohol in pregnancies that should be considered safe, said Dr. Donnica Moore, president of Sapphire Womens Health Group. Anything that the mother ingests goes through the placenta and the blood stream to the fetus. ABC senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton agrees there are many factors to take into consideration when making these decisions while pregnant. In general, its very important for people to understand theres a lot more to practicing medicine than crunching numbers, Ashton explained. What are the risks are doing something? What are the risks of not doing something? Take it or leave it, Oster hopes her research helps pregnant women draw their own conclusions.
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Jennifer Aniston brushes off pregnancy speculation as she arrives in London for the UK premiere of We’re the Millers
As the party wore on Jennifer was seen mingling with her guests while wearing flip flops, khaki shorts and a billowy white blouse while sampling the large selection of hors d’oeuvres. Still radiant: Jennifer Aniston, pictured with a helper, smiled as she arrived at LAX to catch a flight on Monday while showing off her gorgeous engagement ring ‘Justin was hanging out with Scott Campbell and Dax Shepherd at the beginning of the party,’ a source told E. ‘They were having a great time laughing and joking around. Jen was nearby talking to Mandy Ingber and Isla Fisher. ‘She was hugging her friends and talking closely with them most of the night.” Leaving Los Angeles International Airport with flushed cheeks ahead of her scheduled departure on Monday the actress was clearly still feeling the effects of her weekend bash. Ms. Aniston’s attire was understandably thrown together for comfort but still came of as stylish thanks to that tailored black blazer and dark green and black scarf wrapped around her neck.
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New Pregnancy-Focused Electronic Health History Software Available
13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –A free, state-of-the-art, computer-based tool to help identify and address potential pregnancy conditions that may put the health of the mother and her baby at risk now is available to health care providers. The Pregnancy and Health Profile , an electronic computer-based tool, developed by March of Dimes, the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, Genetic Alliance, and the Massachusetts General Hospital, gathers a pregnant woman’s and her partner’s family health histories and information about their lifestyle and behavior that could affect newborn health. The software completed a one-year pilot test. The new, electronic health tool includes a patient-friendly questionnaire that is filled out by the patient in a health care office on a computer tablet. The software translates the family health information and suggests potential risks for health care providers to focus on during an office visit. Information from the tool, including the potential risks and background information for health provider, can be integrated into existing electronic health records or the software can operate as a stand-alone system for primary prenatal care practices. The software can be downloaded free at: http://www.nchpeg.org/ “Family health history is a critical factor in determining a person’s risk for health problems such as miscarriage, preterm birth, birth defects, heart disease, cancer and diabetes,” says, Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, March of Dimes senior vice president and chief medical officer of the March of Dimes. Family health history can help health care providers screen and assess risk for many genetic conditions, some of which can be identified through testing and, more importantly, some of which can be treated through early intervention.
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