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Study says chocolate reduces stroke risk

A new study finds that compared with men who reported eating little-to-no chocolate on a regular basis, those who had the highest weekly consumption of chocolate - about 63 grams per week, or just a little more than 2 ounces - reduced their likelihood of suffering a stroke by 17 percent.  More...

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Dogs and Babies: Preparing Your Dog for Your New Born

Congratulations! You're going to be a parent! You've got the crib and the play mat and your mom agreed to come help out a few days a week. You've scoped daycares and downloaded three different "what to expect" books to your Nook. The shower was a success, your friends are eager and your family is supportive. There's only one member of the household unaware that life's about to turn upside down: your dog. More...

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Non-stick cookware chemical linked with babies' weights

A group of compounds used in a variety of products, including non-stick cookware, may influence a baby's growth in the womb and after birth, a new study suggests. In the study, pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFCs, had babies that were smaller at birth and larger at age 20 months compared with those born to women exposed to lower levels of the compounds.  More...

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Older parents more likely to have an autistic child: study

Children born to a parent over age 35 are at greater risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder -- but the risk is the same whether just one or both parents are older, according to a new study of Danish families. "Parental age doesn't appear to be synergistic. That is having an older mom and an older dad doesn't increase risk more than having one or the other," said Marissa King, a professor at the Yale School of Management, who was not involved in the study. More...

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Moderate drinking in early pregnancy branded 'safe'

Drinking a low or moderate level of alcohol in early pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in five-year-olds, researchers say. The Danish research, published in the BJOG journal, suggested one to eight drinks a week was not linked to harm. In Denmark a standard drink has 12g of alcohol, compared with the UK's 7.9g. More...

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Having kids after age 30 may lower risk of endometrial cancer

Women who have children in their 30s and 40s may have a decreased risk of endometrial cancer, which develops in the lining of the uterus, according to a new study. Women who give birth over age 40 were 44 percent less likely to have the cancer than women whose last birth occurred at or before age 25, the researchers found. More...

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Chemotherapy During Pregnancy Doesn't Cause Complications, Study Says

There is growing evidence that pregnant women with cancer aren't putting their babies at risk by undergoing chemotherapy treatments. A new study that followed more than 400 pregnant women in Europe who were diagnosed with breast cancer, found little to no evidence of negative health effects on infants whose mothers underwent chemotherapy,good news for the one in a thousand women who are pregnant and also suffering from cancer. More...

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A Pack of Walnuts a Day Keeps the Fertility Specialist Away?

Approximately 70 million couples experience subfertility or infertility worldwide, with 30 to 50 percent of these cases attributable to the male partner. Some studies have suggested that human semen quality has declined in industrialized nations, possibly due to pollution, poor lifestyle habits, and/or an increasingly Western-style diet. More...

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Seaweed toothpaste 'to stop tooth decay'

Adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay, a team of UK scientists have said. But the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing. Their lab tests suggest the microbe's enzyme cuts through plaque, stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dr Nick Jakubovics, of the university's school of dental sciences, said: "Plaque on your teeth is made up of bacteria which join together to colonise an area in a bid to push out any potential competitors. More...

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Colic

The wonderful day you have always dreamed of has arrived! Your beautiful, healthy baby has come home. Grandmother comes over for a first visit and feels compelled to tell you, in dreadful detail, about the horrible colic that the baby's father had as an infant. The terror on her face raises your already high anxiety. You recall seeing several articles in Working Mother magazine on colic and wish you had read up on the topic. More...

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Newborns and feeding

Feeding your baby can be very rewarding and a time to enjoy a real feeling of closeness. Babies get far more than just nutrition from a feed - they enjoy the cuddle, the comfort and the satisfaction of a full tummy. In addition, feeding your baby has an impact on his health, not just in infancy but in the long term, too. More...

Baby Not Burping

After breastfeeding you should try burp baby. If your baby doesn’t burp after 10 minutes then, he most likely doesn’t have a wind. Try burp baby after each time he has finished a breast. If your baby spits up a lot, then you should know that he needs to be burped more often. More...

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