birth defects 

In-Vitro Babies Show (Slightly) Higher Risk for Cancer

Research shows invitro babies may be at higher risk of birth defects. Credit: Stefan Wermuth, AFP/Getty Images
Many people feared "test tube babies" in the '70s and '80s. The whole in-vitro thing seemed so unnatural. Critics feared it would ...

Hundreds of Lawsuits Claim Paxil Causes Birth Defects

The makers of the antidepressant drug Paxil are facing an increasing number of lawsuits alleging the medication causes birth defects, and one family has already won a settlement of $2.5 million, online investigative news site The Public Record repo...

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

If a pregnant woman drinks during her pregnancy, she runs the risk of giving her unborn child fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy does not always lead to FAS. Doctors are unsure exactly how much alcohol can cause pro...

Cousin Marriage - What's Science Got to Do With It?

I was raised in a tight-knit family and am still close with many of my cousins. So the thought of being romantically involved with one of them makes me ... uncomfortable. But the truth is 20 percent of marriages around the world are between first cou...

Pregnancy labels for medicine?

The Federal Drug Administration is proposing a change to the way medicines are labeled with warnings for pregnant women. Doctors have been complaining forever that data was available that was not included on labels or that the information that was p...

Women taking Accutane still getting pregnant despite iPledge

Accutane is a powerful prescription medication used to treat severe acne. Besides clearing your skin, it can also cause profound birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Even small doses taken for short periods can result in damage to an unborn ch...

Nail polish and pregnancy

Recently a newly pregnant pal of mine took the day off from work to pamper herself. As a new mommy with little time for such things these days I heartily agreed she should get the time for herself in while she was able. She decided to get a manicur...

The other side of abortion

Too often, I think, abortion is portrayed solely as an act of convenience. It's seen as sort of an "Oops, I got pregnant. Guess I'll have to get an abortion again." answer to irresponsible or even immoral behaviour. Abortion is not, however, as simpl...

Do men have a biological clock?

It is commonly assumed that only women have biological clocks and that men can continue to father healthy children their entire lives. Just look at Tony Randall and Rupert Murdoch, who both became dads when they were in their 70's. Geneticists have ...

Update: Abandoned mermaid baby saved by doctors

A few days ago, Dutch brought us news of a mermaid baby born in China. Now we have some more information. Little Maomao was born with sirenomelia, a rare congenital defect that caused his legs to be fused together. The condition is often called "merm...

Create a healthy plan, then try for a baby

By the time most women see a doctor for their first pre-natal visit, they are about 8 weeks pregnant. But according to Dr. Peter Bernstein, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, eight weeks is too long to ...

U.S. soldiers find ailing Iraqi baby, send her to Georgia for treatment

An Iraqi baby girl born with a life-threatening birth defect is now receiving medical treatment in Georgia after U.S. soldiers found her when they conducted a raid on her family's home. Three-month-old Noor was born with spina bifida, a neural tube d...

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