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Since “fake news” seems to be the catch all buzz worthy expression of the moment, we also don’t need to look very far to find common medical falsehoods that tend to originate from the Hollywood stratosphere. Whether it is a press statement about a celebrity or a concept in a film, the nugget for fodder gets picked up by all media forms and insidiously spread.

Especially in the realm of celebrity—a category many politicians tend to fall into these days, there is what gets publicized and the truth. Being a physician who still believes in the right to privacy and is bound by certain codes of ethics and regulations, the standard for the release of health information is pretty clear and reflects the fact that the public is not entitled to know the details of another person’s health...

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics investigates a possible association between planned birth before 39 weeks gestational age and early childhood development.  It concludes that an early, scheduled delivery is linked to poor childhood development at school age.  

A population-based record linkage cohort study of those born in South Wales, Australia between 2002-2007 was performed on 153,730 live-born infants of greater than or equal to 32 weeks gestation with assessments of development in their first year of full-time school 2009 or 2012.  The five avenues interpreted: ...

shutterstock_214470958Babies who are born by the normal route pick up healthy bacteria when they pass through their mothers' birth canals. But if a woman undergoes a Cesarean section (C-section), her baby misses out on that benefit.

And some scientists think this may not bode well for the infant, because some data suggest that babies born by C-section are more likely to develop Type-1 diabetes and other immune disorders, as well as metabolic problems. So to deal with this potential problem, some...

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Happy Baby, Happy MomA draft study, to be published later this year in American Economic Review, assessed school-age children s weight at birth and its relationship to later cognitive achievements.

The lead author, David Figlio, PhD, of Northwestern University and director of the Institute for Policy Research, and three co-authors, followed all children born in Florida between 1992 and 2002 (over 1.3 million singleton births and almost 15,000 twin pairs) to assess the link between birth weight...

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a new report after reviewing numerous studies on the dangerous pregnancy-related condition, preeclampsia. The studies they reviewed show strong evidence for a protective effect of low-dose aspirin for reducing the risk of preeclampsia among women at higher-than-average risk of this dangerous condition. Preeclampsia was formerly known as...

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133952397The majority of twin births approximately 75 percent occur via cesarean section (c-section). However, according to a new clinical trial conducted by researchers at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a...