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06 Jun

How Long Do COVID-19 Antibodies Last After Infection?

Covid-19 antibodies last up to 500 days after infection, researchers say.

17 Mar

Taxing Cigarettes Reduces Infant Death Rate, Study Finds

Raising cigarette taxes may lead to significant reductions in infant mortality, according to a new study.

02 Dec

HealthDay Now: What To Expect From Psychedelic Therapy

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to award-nominated actor, Tony Head, a research participant in a Johns Hopkins clinical trial of psilocybin. Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2011 and he shares how his experience with psilocybin helped him face his fears of dying.

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Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy...

Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simultaneously, and with consequences for each of them and their new baby.

To better understand these experiences, res...

Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.

In addition, th...

Abbott Infant Formula Plant Closed Again After Flooding

EleCare specialty infant formula production at Abbott's Michigan plant has been halted after severe storms triggered flooding in the plant. The closure comes less than two weeks after the factory resumed production following a months-long shutdown that fueled a national formula shortage.

As a result of the flooding, "Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare specialty formula that was ...

Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.

That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old...

Abbott Baby Formula Plant Tied to Shortage Reopens

Production has resumed at the Michigan infant formula plant forced to close in February over product contamination and safety lapses, but it will take about three weeks before new formula from the plant makes its way to American consumers, Abbott Nutrition said Saturday.

The plant is the largest formula factory in the United States and its closure triggered a nationwide shortage that is e...

Amid Shortage, More Infant Formula to Arrive in US Next Week

Shipments of infant formula from Australia and the U.K. are expected to arrive in the United States next week as part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to ease a nationwide shortage of formula.

Under the Operation Fly Formula program, 2...

Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since February for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called "insanitary conditions." In the first three months of the year...

U.S. Births Rose in 2021 for First Time in 7 Years

It may not qualify as a baby boom, but U.S. births were up in 2021 for the first time in years.

New federal government data show a 1% increase in births from 2020, with more than 3.6 million births last year. It was the first increase in seven years.

The

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  • Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

    A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

    The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

    U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

    With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

    "Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

    C-Sections Won't Raise Baby's Odds for Food Allergies

    Babies delivered by cesarean section are no more likely to have food allergies during their first year of life than other infants, according to an Australian study.

    The association between type of delivery and food allergy risk had been unclear, so researchers decided to take a closer look.

    For the study, they analyzed data on more than 2,000 infants in Australia; 30% were delivered...

    Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

    A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

    The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the S...

    Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

    A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

    Earlier this week, the FDA...

    Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

    Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

    Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it in...

    ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

    As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

    "Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)....

    Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

    The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners — linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States — will be banned under a new law signed by President Joe Biden.

    "This is a long-fought and important victory for ba...

    FDA Expands Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers, Moves to Reopen Abbot Plant

    Dealing with a crippling shortage of infant formula that has many U.S. parents desperate, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced "increased flexibilities" in allowing foreign manufacturers to help boost American supply of the vital product.

    Also on Monday, the FDA announced that an Abbott Nutrition baby formula manufacturing facility in Michigan that has been closed since F...

    As Baby Formula Shortage Continues, Experts Offer Guidance to Frantic Parents

    A nationwide baby formula shortage continues across the United States, with desperate parents scouring shelves to find nutrition for their infants.

    Millions of babies rely on formula -- the only source of nutrition recommended for infants who aren't exclusively breastfed.

    Two prominent pediatricians have advice for parents who are scrambling to find formula, offering a list of do's ...

    FDA Moves to Ease Nationwide Shortage of Baby Formula

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is continuing its efforts to boost the country's supply of infant formula.

    Amid shortages due to high demand amid recall and supply issues, stores have limited the number of products consumers can purchase. Mothers across the United States...

    Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

    It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

    "Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted study co-author Sallie Porter, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Jersey. "Children with

    U.S. Baby Formula Shortage Worsens

    Supply chain issues around the world are fueling a shortage of baby formula -- and the problem is only getting worse.

    About 40% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock during the week ending April 24 in the United States, CBS News reported. That's an increase from just 11% in November and still a large bump from

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  • Could a Stressed-Out Pregnancy Hinder a Toddler's Development?

    Babies born to women who are stressed out during pregnancy may be more likely to experience social, emotional and learning problems as they grow up, new research suggests.

    "Mom's elevated psychological distress affects not just her, but her unborn baby's brain development," said st...

    Vaccine Taken During Pregnancy Might Shield Baby Against RSV

    An experimental vaccine given during pregnancy has shown early promise for protecting infants from a potentially severe respiratory infection.

    The vaccine, being developed by Pfizer, aims to protect babies from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Most of the time, RSV causes nothing more than a cold. But it can lead to seri...

    FDA Approves First COVID Treatment for Use in Kids

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the antiviral remdesivir as the first COVID-19 treatment for young children.

    The drug had so far only been available to this age group under a special FDA emergency use authorization order.

    Now, doctors treating kids under 12 who are hospitalized or are at home with mild-to-moderate COVID but a high risk for severe COVID can...

    Battling Mom-to-Be's Preexisting High Blood Pressure Brings No Harm to Baby

    When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    Significant Shortages of Baby Formula Seen in U.S.

    Supply chain problems are causing significant shortages of baby formula in the United States, and some retailers are now limiting how much people can buy at one time.

    About three-quarters of U.S. babies receive formula within their first six month...

    Managing a Baby's Low Blood Sugar Is Key to Health

    Correcting low blood sugar in infants reduces their risk of brain development problems later in life, new studies show.

    Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in babies, affecting more than 1 in 6. Glucose (sugar) is the main source of energy for the brain, and untre...

    'Overgrowth' of Brain Area in Infancy Could Play Role in Autism

    Researchers report that overgrowth of a part of the brain that's associated with autism occurs during infancy, a finding that may make it possible to diagnose the disorder at an earlier age.

    The amygdala is a small structure in the brain that's crucial in interpreting social and emotional cl...

    Babies, Toddlers Produce Stronger Immune Response to COVID Than Adults

    In a finding that could influence future COVID vaccine recommendations for the youngest Americans, new research finds that infants and toddlers have a stronger immune response to the new coronavirus than adults do.

    To arrive at that conclusion, scientists analyzed blood samples collected from 682 unvaccinated children and adults up to age 62, in 175 Maryland households between November 20...

    Omicron COVID Causing Severe Croup in Young Children

    FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) --The Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care, a new study shows.

    "The relatively high hospitalization rate and the large number of medication doses our COVID-19 croup patients required suggests that COVID-19 might cause more severe croup compared to other vir...

    As Cigarette Taxes Rise, Infant Deaths Decline

    Could cigarette taxes help lower newborn and infant death rates?

    Yes, claims a new study. The researchers suggest that pregnant women are less likely to smoke when tobacco taxes are raised, leading to fewer infants being exposed to secondhand smoke.

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  • Cost of Having Baby Puts Many U.S. Families at 'Financial Risk'

    Bringing home a baby should be an exciting and blissful time, but for many new parents, colossal out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy and delivery take the joy out of this milestone.

    Some low-income families spend close to 20% of their annual income on medical costs during the year of pregnancy and birth, a new study found.

    "Being pregnant and delivering a baby puts many families at fi...

    Immunization Against Common Infection of Babies Could Be Near

    Each year, RSV sends as many as 58,000 kids under age 5 to U.S. hospitals, but a vaccine in development may dramatically reduce the risk for severe illness.

    RSV, short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, typically circul...

    What You Need to Know About the Infant Formula Recall

    If you're a parent using Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formulas, here's updated facts on the ongoing product recall.

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates, Abbott Nutrition has recalled certain powdered formulas made at its Sturgis, Mich., facility. The products have been linked to bacterial infections in five babies. All had to be hospitalized and two died, possibl...

    Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

    First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

    Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon after giving birth, according to the

    Smoking Around Time of Conception May Harm Embryo

    Smoking in the weeks before and after conception has a potentially unhealthy effect on an embryo, Dutch research shows.

    "Smoking not only impacts an embryo's growth during pregnancy and birth weight, but also embryo development right from the very early stages of pregnancy," said...

    Use Antibiotics Sparingly After Birth to Preserve Newborn's 'Microbiome'

    New research suggests that doctors should be cautious about giving newborns antibiotics because they can upset a baby's gut microbiome -- the balance of bacteria in their digestive systems.

    "We were surprised with the magnitude and duration of the effects of broad spectrum anti...

    FDA Warns of Infant Formula Powders Tied to Infections

    Several powdered infant formula products have been recalled by Abbott Inc., following reports of four infants developing bacterial infections after consuming the products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    "As this is a product used as the sole source of nutrition for many of our nation's newborns and infants, the FDA is deeply concerned about these reports of bacterial...

    Majority of Pregnant U.S. Women Were Already in Poor Health: Study

    Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

    Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already having heart risks like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and obesity.

    A new study finds that 60% -- even...

    Mom-to-Be's COVID Vaccine Brings Long-Term Protection to Baby

    Babies whose moms were vaccinated during pregnancy against COVID-19 have long-lasting antibody protection, a new study finds.

    "Many interested parties from parents to pediatricians want to know how long maternal antibodies persist in infants after vaccination, and now we can provide some answers," said co-senior study author Dr. Andrea Edlow. She is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine...

    Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

    If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

    Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your baby develops a cough.

    Congestion and postnasal drip will wo...

    U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

    Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

    Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency department treatment for tip-over injuries, and nearly 44% were under 18, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm...

    The 'Oreo Test' and Other Ways to Help Kids' Oral Health

    Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.

    "If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry with the University of Minnesota.

    Sarvas offers up the Oreo test and other ...

    Spit Test: Saliva Alerts Babies to Close Relationships

    Sharing food and smooching are two ways babies can suss out whom they can depend on to take care for them, a new study suggests.

    The tell-tale clue common to both is a surprising one: saliva.

    “Babies don't know in advance which relationships are the close and morally obligating ones, so they have to have...

    No Evidence Breastfeeding Can Transmit Coronavirus

    Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.

    “Breast milk is an invaluable source of nutrition to infants," said lead author Dr. Paul Krogstad of the University of California, Los Angeles.

    "In our study, we found no evidence that breast milk from mothers infected with COVID-19 contained inf...

    Baby's Feeding Troubles Tied to Later Developmental Delays

    Parents struggling with infant feeding issues may have another reason to persevere: New research ties feeding problems with an increased risk of developmental delays.

    For the study, the mothers of nearly 3,600 children were surveyed about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age, such as gagging, crying during meals or pushing food away. The children were also screened for developm...

    'Baby Talk' Could Help Spot Infants With Autism

    That sing-song speech parents use when talking to their babies is universal, and infants tend to prefer it.

    So, when a baby doesn't seem to engage with this melodic "motherese," or baby talk, it can be an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Researchers at the University of California, S...

    Is the Pandemic Affecting Newborns' Brains?

    Babies born at the height of the pandemic appear to suffer small but significant delays in their motor and social development, a new study reports.

    Babies were particularly at risk if their mothers were in the first trimester of their pregnancy during spring 2020, when the United States entered lockdowns.

    "It's important to recognize these are very slight differences. There weren't ...

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