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State gets over $1 million to reduce infant mortality

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HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today released $65 million in grants to help 87 organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health. This included a total of $1,344,362 for two groups in Connecticut. Healthy Start is targeted to the needs of vulnerable mothers and […] [Read More]

Combination of PTSD, depression increases pregnancy risk

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Pregnant women who suffer from both post traumatic stress disorder and major depression are four times more likely to deliver prematurely than women without those conditions, a new Yale University School of Medicine study shows. The combination of PTSD and a major depressive episodes rank as high as a prior preterm birth as risk factors […] [Read More]

FDA: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should eat more fish

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The draft updated advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 […] [Read More]

Yale study: Malpractice claims fall when safety is a priority

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A Connecticut hospital saw a 50 percent drop in malpractice liability claims and payments when it made patient safety initiatives a priority by training doctors and nurses to improve teamwork and communication, hiring a patient safety nurse, and standardizing practices, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The results, published in the […] [Read More]
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Yale study: Pregnancy risk higher with new sterilization technique

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Women who used a new method of sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization had a 10 times greater risk of pregnancy after one year than those who used the older laparoscopic sterilization method. This new finding by Yale School of Medicine researchers is published in the April 21 issue of the journal Contraception. According to the Yale […] [Read More]

Yale study: Fertility treatments need not lead to multiple births

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While fertility treatments have helped many people become parents, they commonly result in multiple births, increasing the risk of prematurity, and leading to lifelong complications. But this doesn’t have to be the case, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues, who recommend sweeping changes to policy and clinical practice in a study […] [Read More]
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Baby Fair at Griffin Hospital May 3

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  Expectant parents, new parents and their families can get a good feel for the area’s maternity and child care resources from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Griffin Hospital’s 2014 Annual Baby Fair. Held at The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby, this free event features more […] [Read More]
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Study: Aspirin doesn’t prevent pregnancy loss

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Though health care providers sometimes prescribe aspirin to women who have lost past pregnancy, a recent study shows that this therapy likely isn’t helpful. A daily low dose of aspirin does not appear to prevent subsequent pregnancy loss among women with a history of one or two prior pregnancy losses, according to researchers at the […] [Read More]
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Study: Stress may keep women from getting pregnant

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Having difficulty getting pregnant can be an incredibly stressful experience for any couple. Now researchers are saying that the stress these couples feel may be playing a role in their infertility. A study out of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows that women with high levels of alpha-amylase – a biological indicator of […] [Read More]
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Yale study: Women know little about own reproductive health

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A new study by the Yale School of Medicine researchers provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health. Published in the Jan. 27 issue of Fertility & Sterility, the study found that about 50 percent of reproductive-age women had never discussed their reproductive health with a […] [Read More]