2017 Articles

Depression and Breastfeeding: Treatment Medications
MotherToBaby - 12/18/2017
Treating mental disorders such as depression can be difficult.  From finding the right course of treatment to keeping up with doctor's appointments, depression can take on a life of its own.

Drinking While Nursing: Is it Safe?
MotherToBaby - 12/18/2017
Many mothers learn that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the baby. Before the baby is born, alcohol can affect the fetus by crossing the placenta. This can cause birth defects, miscarriage and a range of harmful outcomes. But what about the effects of alcohol consumption while nursing?

Screening for Alcohol Misuse: Practices Among US Primary Care Providers
American Journal of Preventive Medicine - 12/12/2017
Excessive alcohol use is associated with car crashes, violence and multiple disease conditions, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Diabetes and Tobacco Use
US Food and Drug Administration - 11/21/2017
It is a known fact that smoking poses serious health risks, negatively impacting vital organs like the lungs and the heart. But did you know that smoking can increase your risk for Type 2 diabetes?

CDC Updates Guidance for Infants Born to Mothers with Possible Zika Virus Infection during Pregnancy
Centers for Disease Control - 10/19/2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued updated interim clinical guidance for health care providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

Do You have Questions about Taking Prescription Opiods?
Centers for Disease Control - 10/11/2017
Prescription opioids are sometimes used to treat moderate-to-severe pain. Because prescription opioids have a number of serious side effects and risks, it is important for you to ask questions, learn more about opioids, and understand their risks. Make sure you’re getting care that is safe, effective, and right for you.

Prefrontal Cortical Responses in Children with Prenatal Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopment Impairment
Emory - 9/30/2017
Disruption in the neural activation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in modulating arousal was explored in children with heavy prenatalalcohol exposure (PAE), who have known neurobehavioral impairment.   

Zika Virus - Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies
Emory - 9/29/2017
Zika virus infection (Zika) during pregnancy can cause damage to the brain, microcephaly, and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defects, hearing loss, and limb defects.

What is Your Relationship With Alcohol
Emory - 9/28/2017
Being mindful of your relationship with alcohol is important to your overall health. But to be mindful, you need the basics. Do you know how much alcohol is OK to drink, or what counts as one drink? Not sure? Don’t worry! Here are some answers to common questions that will help you make smart decisions about drinking.

Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States
The American Journal of Psychiatry - 9/26/2017
Cannabis use appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder.

Update on Zika Virus - Associated Birth Defects
Emory - 9/26/2017
In collaboration with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments, CDC established the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry (USZPR) in early 2016 to monitor pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible recent Zika virus infection and their infants.

Eating Fish - What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
Emory - 9/5/2017
This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant - as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children - make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.

AAPs Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guide
Emory - 8/24/2017
Substance use by adolescents has an enormous impact on their health and well-being. It impairs healthy growth and development, is associated with risky behaviors such as unprotected sex and dangerous driving, and contributes to the development of many other health problems.

Medicines and Pregnancy - 4 Tips to Help You Get the Facts
Emory - 8/22/2017
My first and only pregnancy was a very difficult one. I was on bed rest for over a month, and I went into premature labor. Sadly, my baby did not survive, but that experience motivated me to work to help other women have healthy pregnancies.

HRSA Works to Prevent Poisoning
Emory - 8/17/2017
Unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of accidental injury deaths for people ages 25-64...more even than motor vehicle fatalities. (includes medicines, cosmetics, plants, pesticides and the combination of familiar items such as cleaning products).

Synthetic Pot - Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens
Emory - 8/15/2017
Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different.

National Breastfeeding Month - Resources Available
Emory - 8/8/2017
Find breastfeeding resources such as PDF fact sheets, infographics, and videos to support new moms and moms in the workplace. Health topics are updated on a regular basis, so please check back often for new fact sheets and other resources to print and share. 

Preventing FASDs - ARHP Consensus Meeting Report and Educational Resources
Emory - 8/4/2017
Pregnancy is a major life event associated with very unique health care needs. Providers and patients can track clinical updates in pregnancy and fertility research here as well as find information.

Longer Addiction Treatment Is Better - Study Confirms 
Emory - 7/29/2017
The longer patients receive treatment for addiction, the greater their chances of success, a new study finds. The study included 72 people, with an average age of 30 years. The participants were being treated for a variety of addictions, including alcohol and drugs such as opioids, amphetamines and benzodiazepines.

Women Face Higher Opioid Toll
Emory - 7/24/2017
The nation's epidemic of narcotics misuse – most recently underscored by a spike in heroin-related deaths – is especially threatening to the health of women and girls, experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a recent webcast.

Trends in Postpartum Depressive Symptoms across 27 States
Emory - 7/21/2017
Postpartum depressive symptoms are common and are associated with adverse maternal and infant outcomes (e.g., lower breastfeeding initiation and duration and poor maternal and infant bonding). Postpartum depression is treatable.

Aspirin may help increase pregnancy chances in women with high inflammation - NIH study finds
Emory - 7/18/2017
Researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development analyzed data originally obtained from the Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction trial. The trial sought to determine if daily low-dose aspirin could prevent subsequent pregnancy loss among women who had one or two prior losses.

September is FASD Awareness Month
Emory - 7/14/2017
NOFAS and other organizations are now planning activities for September 2017. We hope you will join NOFAS, the 33 member organizations of the NOFAS Affiliate Network, federal agencies, and countless others this September to prevent FASD.

What You Should Tell Her? - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Prevention Project
Emory - 7/12/2017
The patient is receiving multiple opinions from her relatives and friends on whether or not she should indulge in drinking during her pregnancy. The pregnant woman needs advice from an expert and considers her healthcare provider as the trusted source.

Smoking Costs World 1.4 Trillion a Year in Disease and Lost Productivity 
Emory - 7/3/2017
Nearly 6 percent of the world's health-care spending is tied to smoking, a new study reports. That amounted to $1.4 trillion worldwide in 2012, with developing nations shouldering 40 percent of the burden, the researchers said.

Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?
Emory - 6/29/2017
Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm.

1 in 4 US Adults - 1 in 10 Teens Use Tobacco
Emory - 6/27/2019
Despite the dangers, many American adults and teens still use tobacco products, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 46,000 people and found that 28 percent of American adults currently use some form of tobacco, while 9 percent of teens said they used tobacco in the past month.

Alcohols Effects on Immunity - Increasing the Risks for Infection and Injury
Emory - 6/15/2017
Many people are aware that excessive drinkinga can be harmful to the liver and other vital organs; however, there is another, less obvious, body system that is vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol: the immune system.

FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids and Pregnant Women
Emory - 6/13/2017
A new U.S. government guideline classifies fish into three categories of safety to help pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and parents of young children make healthy choices.

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
Emory - 6/6/2017
Many community-based drug “take-back” programs offer the best option. Otherwise, almost all medicines can be thrown in the household trash, but consumers should take the precautions described below.

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
Emory - 6/2/2017
Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine.

World No Tobacco Day: Economic Development is Human Development
Emory - 5/31/2017
On this World No Tobacco Day, we join with other nations in recognizing the harmful effects of tobacco use on economic development and tobacco’s contribution to poverty. These harms call for a world-wide commitment to support evidence-based tobacco use prevention and cessation measures to reach people who are most severely affected by tobacco-related diseases.

The Cat Can Stay - Debunking Pregnancy Myths about Toxoplasmosis
Emory - 5/26/2017
I’ll never forget the panic in her voice. “The web said, ‘stay away from cats when you’re pregnant because your baby can be mentally retarded!” It was the first thing this soon-to-be mom could get out the second I picked up the phone. 

Informacion en espanol
Emory - 5/25/2017
Los siguientes materiales están siendo puestos a disposición en español de agencias externas. Cualquier pregunta que pueda tener sobre los materiales tienen que ser dirigidas a la agencia que produjo la publicación individual.

24 May 2017 | Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks
Emory - 5/24/2017
A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

Consumption of Combustible and Smokeless Tobacco - United States from 2000-2015
CDC - 5/19/2017
Combustible and smokeless tobacco use causes adverse health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease and multiple types of cancer.

Health Tip - Before Baby Arrives
Emory - 5/12/2017
There's so much to do before baby arrives. So if you find a little extra time before the big day, take care of a few necessary to-dos.

Health Tip - Avoid Useless Calories During Pregnancy
Emory - 5/10/2017
While you're pregnant, it's important to eat nutritious foods and to avoid extra calories.

Birth Defects From Zika More Far-Reaching Than Thought
Emory - 5/2/2017
Zika's ability to damage the infant brain may be even more far-reaching and insidious than previously thought, two new studies suggest.

Drug Use by US Teens Drops to All Time Low
Emory - 4/27/2017
Fewer teens are using illegal drugs than ever before, the survey found, and fewer are falling prey to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse plaguing many adults in the United States.

Influenza Vaccination Coverage During Pregnancy
Emory - 4/25/2017
Pregnant women and their infants are at increased risk for complications from influenza infection.

Kangaroo Care May Improve Preemies Lives Into Adulthood 
Emory - 4/21/2017
When Einat Zemach's son was born early at 32 weeks' gestation, she and her husband would snuggle him skin-to-skin upon their chests for two or three hours at a time. They did the same for their second born, a daughter delivered at 34 weeks' gestation.

Babies Marijuana Exposure Evident in Their Pee
Emory - 4/18/2017
Babies exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke take in THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in pot, a new study shows. Researchers discovered traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in urine samples from babies and toddlers in Colorado whose parents smoked marijuana.

1 in 5 ppl has a mental health condition - this affects us all. Learn 5 signs of emotional distress 
Emory - 4/11/2017
Show compassion and caring and a willingness to find a solution when the person may not have the will or drive to help him- or herself. 

Podcast explaining the long-term effects of smoking during pregnancy on children
Emory - 4/7/2017
Many people are familiar with the health effects of cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke. Research has also tied smoking during pregnancy to later health and behavior problems in children.

Even less than 1 alcoholic drink a week during pregnancy can lead to serious health issues for baby
Emory - 3/30/2017
Fetal alcohol exposure occurs when a woman drinks while pregnant.  No amount of alcohol is safe for pregnant women to drink. Nevertheless, data from prenatal clinics and postnatal studies suggest that 20 to 30 percent of women do drink at some time during pregnancy.

NICHD Research Weighs in on Weight Gain during Pregnancy
Emory - 3/28/2017
A variety of factors can make it difficult for women to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. But recent NICHD supported research affirms the importance of not gaining too much weight during pregnancy to reduce the risk for complications.

Know Your Terms InitiativeThe NICHD NIH Pregnancy InfoCard
Emory - 3/24/2017
The meaning of "term" pregnancy has changed. "Term" has been replaced by more specific definitions that communicate the importance of the last few weeks of pregnancy for infant development. Learn why the term pregnancy definitions are important to promoting the best outcomes for mom and baby.

Women can experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after birth - get help.
Emory - 3/21/2017
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. In fact, many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for some time. 

Men - Your support during your partners pregnancy and after birth is critical
Emory - 3/15/2017
Depression and anxiety that happen during pregnancy or anytime during the first year after the birth of your baby are medical conditions. These fe​elings are not something you caused by doing or not doing something. And, they can be treated if you seek help. 

The Push for Suicide Prevention
Emory - 3/10/2017
I’m feeling good now. But I just know that someday, this disease will kill me… even though I know I don’t want to, I know that at some point, I’m going to try to try again, and sooner or later, it’s going to work.

Facing Addiction in America - The Surgeon Generals Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
Emory - 3/8/2017
SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. This landmark report was developed as a collaboration between SAMHSA and the Office of the Surgeon General.

Cancer and Tobacco Use - CDC Vitalsigns Report
CDC - 3/5/2017
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. It can cause not only lung cancer — but also cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia.

Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms
Emory - 3/2/2017
In the past decade, "self-harm" has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado, a new study finds.

Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids and Teens
Emory - 2/16/2017
The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers have spiked nearly threefold in recent years, a new study finds.

Dressing Baby for A Safe Winter Drive
Emory - 2/9/2017
Winter can present challenges for parents trying to dress their children properly for the weather. This is especially true when the outing involves placing kids in child car seats, so a pediatricians' group offers some advice.

Prescription Drug Abuse and Your Pregnancy
Emory - 2/7/2017
Prescription Drugs and Your Pregnancy has been designed to educate women of child bearing age and expectant mothers and their caretakers about the dangers of prescription drug use and abuse during pregnancy.

Study - Every Day in the Womb Boosts Babies Brain Development
Emory - 1/31/2017
Carrying a baby as close to full term as possible is better for the baby's brain development, a new study suggests.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - SIDS
Emory - 1/26/2017
Learn about infant deaths from SIDS and other causes, and take action to reduce the risk. Start by always placing babies on their backs when putting them to sleep.

New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects
Emory - 1/12/2017
In a recommendation that reaffirms previous guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Emory - 1/6/2017
If you’re a Latina who’s expecting a baby, your diet may be missing a key ingredient believed to help prevent certain kinds of birth defects. That ingredient? Folic acid, which has long been used to fortify, or strengthen, certain enriched grains.