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Pregnant Moms Receive Painkiller Meds Despite Safety Concerns

A recent study reveals that 14 percent of pregnant women in the U.S.pregnantultrasound-thumb-170x255-32736.jpg are prescribed powerful painkillers by their doctors. The statistic is particularly unsettling because there is little research about the effects of narcotics on unborn children.

Infant Vaccine Causes 'Significant Increase' In Intussusception

Many parents struggle with decisions concerning the vaccination of their baby.babyvaccine-thumb-170x133-31309.jpg Over the past decade, studies have emerged showing that some infant vaccinations carry the risk of serious side effects. The new data puts parents in a difficult situation when deciding whether their child should receive a particular vaccination.

ISMP: Fentanyl Caused 1,890 Serious Adverse Events During 2012

The Fentanyl patch is one of the most powerful painkillers on the market,Fentanyl-thumb-180x119-27189.jpg so you'd think that product quality would be of utmost importance. Sadly, Fentanyl product-quality problems caused 802 serious adverse events in 2012 alone, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).

Study Seeks Truth In Connection Between Diflucan, Birth Defects

Diflucan (fluconazole) is a medicine designed to treat fungal infections,ultrasound-thumb-160x218-24860.jpg but it has recently been scrutinized for an alleged tie to birth defects. Many scientists believe that when pregnant women take high doses of Diflucan, the fetus faces an increased risk of birth defects.

Study: Antidepressants Greatly Increase Risk To Pregnant Mothers

Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of fatal birth trauma in the United States. pregnant-thumb-160x152-24272.jpg For that reason, scientists have made efforts to decrease it and save lives. A new study from the British Medical Journal provides valuable insight into one of the common causes of postpartum hemorrhage: Antidepressant use during pregnancy.

Study: Anesthesia Drug Ketamine Harms Children's Brain Activity

Ketamine is a commonly used anesthetic in pediatric operations, but it may be doing serious damage to young patients.syringedoctor-thumb-160x160-23100.jpg According to a study published in Science Daily, children under age 3 who had lengthy exposure to ketamine during surgery displayed memory problems, learning disorders and behavioral issues once they reached school age.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Soaring, Especially In Women

painkillers-thumb-165x120-22465.jpgPrescription painkiller addictions have quickly become a widespread problem in the U.S., a phenomenon that has been closely followed by officials and lawmakers. However, even after Michael Jackson's death, the prevalence of prescription painkiller overdoses hasn't gotten enough attention. An estimated 16,600 Americans died from prescribed painkiller overdoses in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Women Disproportionately Injured By Medical Devices

Thewoman in pain-thumb-140x93-20729.jpg American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently analyzed the history of women's medical products and found that women are disproportionately harmed by devices. The research is particularly unsettling because women in the modern era seem just as likely to be harmed by a dangerous medical device as women decades ago.

Study Links BPA Ingestion During Pregnancy To Childhood Asthma

asthma-thumb-140x140-17691.jpgIt seems like pregnant mothers must avoid half of the foods or beverages they normally enjoy. A new study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recommends adding another chemical to that list because it could make the difference in a healthy childhood.