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2009-05-17 10:29:30

Unnecessary Caesarean sections are increasing U.S. healthcare costs and the risks to mothers and newborns, health reform advocates said. A Caesarean section, once reserved for emergency birth, is the most common operation performed in the United States, accounting for 31 percent of all births, up from 4.5 percent in 1965. The United States has set a new record for Caesarean sections every year for more than a decade, despite a standing government goal to reduce such births, the Los Angeles...

2009-05-01 06:13:14

A British study finds that 25 percent of the babies delivered in English hospitals arrive by Caesarean section. A Caesarean section (surgical delivery) increases the risk for both the mother and the newborn, health officials say.The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 10 to 15 percent of deliveries be C-sections, limiting the operation to cases where it is medically necessary. The National Health Service reported there were 153,406 C-sections in England, or 24.6 percent of...

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2009-03-11 22:06:04

Anne Heche has given birth to her second son, the U.S. actress's publicist says. Born last weekend, Atlas Heche Tupper is the first child for Heche and her boyfriend, actor James Tupper, Usmagazine.com said. The couple met in 2006 on the set of their now-defunct TV series Men in Trees. Heche also has a 7-year-old son named Homer with ex-husband Coley Laffoon. The actress's divorce from Laffoon was finalized this week. Homer is very excited to be a big brother, a source told Usmagazine.com....

2009-03-03 11:43:56

Many women say they feel ignorant and ill-equipped to cope with motherhood because they live too far from close family, British researchers said. Dr. Angela Davis of the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick interviewed more than 90 women to discuss experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and childcare. Geographical mobility means that women today more often live further away from family, which means they are less likely to have relatives on hand, Davis said in a...

2009-02-24 21:49:28

More women are suffering severe problems arising from blood loss after delivery of a child, Australian researchers have found. Study leader Christine Roberts of the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital and colleagues studied the birth hospital discharge records of the 500,603 women who had children in New South Wales during the study period. We identified 6,242 women who suffered severe adverse outcomes, including 22 who died in hospital. Of the 6242, 67 percent had an...

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2009-02-10 12:40:00

A Swedish study on Tuesday showed that first-time mothers over the age of 35 are more than twice as likely as younger mothers to suffer postpartum psychosis that could involve a danger to the newborn child. According to the AFP, the study, conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said the risk of developing psychosis during the first 90 days after childbirth increased with age. The research was based on data gathered from all of the nearly 750,000 first-time mothers...

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2009-02-02 11:15:00

Premature babies born in the UK cost the NHS an estimated £1billion ($1.4 billion) a year more than full-term babies, according to researchers. In a new study, researchers from the Oxford Center for Health Economics found that giving birth to premature babies adds nearly £20,000 ($28,000) more health care costs than giving birth to full-term babies. In other words, premature babies cost about 1 and 1/2 times more than full-term babies, researchers said.Tommy's, a baby charity...

2009-01-07 21:33:12

U.S. researchers say their study revealed there's a very tiny window between 39 and 40 weeks where baby outcomes are optimal. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- to mothers who previously had an elective C-section -- are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks. The study, published in...

2008-12-29 15:34:22

Doctors said a 14-pound, 2-ounce boy born at a Laguna Hills, Calif., hospital may be the largest baby ever delivered in Orange County. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center doctors said the child born Tuesday to Sara and Richard Sault is the heaviest baby to be born at the hospital and an informal check of other hospitals in the county found no larger infants on record, The Orange County Register reported Monday. Hospital officials said two doctors were needed to lift the child, named Richard...

2008-10-09 00:00:39

A U.S. study suggests overuse of cesarean section and other birthing interventions increase health risks and costs. The study, released Wednesday by the Childbirth Connection, The Reforming States Group, and the Milbank Memorial Foundation, said more than 31 percent of U.S. births are by cesarean section, increasing birth costs by more than $2.5 billion per year. "The excess cesareans buy no reduction in maternal and newborn deaths," the report said. The study suggests cesareans cause...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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