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FDA advises against ultrasound ‘keepsake images’

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Ultrasound imaging is the most widely used medical imaging method during pregnancy. But some families use over-the-counter ultrasound service to create fetal “keepsake images” or videos — a practice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strongly advises against. Fetal ultrasound imaging provides real-time images of the fetus. Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors are hand-held ultrasound […] [Read More]
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FDA publishes guidelines on pregnancy and lactation-related drug labeling

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a final rule  that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new requirements will provide a more consistent way to include information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs […] [Read More]
Categories: nursing, pregnancy

Griffin hosts discussions on holiday eating

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The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free discussions about holiday eating on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. The program will be a follow-up to last month’s “Healthy Holiday Eating,” which offered advice to diabetics on shopping and meal planning for the holidays. Participants are […] [Read More]

Yale study: Low risk for small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy

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Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked to a range of developmental problems and birth defects including fetal alcohol syndrome, low birth weight, and preterm delivery, but a new study from Yale and Brown universities shows that low to moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with an increased risk of specific birth outcomes […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, pregnancy

Baby fair at Milford Hospital

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Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave., will host a community baby fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. This fair will feature a variety of vendors that will provide information, demonstrations, education, merchandise, resources, food and fun. There also will be tours of the Milford Hospital Family Childbirth Center. Call the Milford Hospital […] [Read More]
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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]
Categories: hospitals, pregnancy, safety

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]