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2011-03-15 00:00:29

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a safety warning regarding the increased risk of birth defects in babies born to mothers that took Topamax during pregnancy. Specifically, Topamax has been linked to cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts), cranial malformations, genital malformations and other serious birth defects. Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2011 Schmidt & Clark, LLP, a nationally recognized products liability law firm, announced today that it...

2011-03-10 13:59:36

Pregnant non-smokers who breathe in the second-hand smoke of other people are at an increased risk of delivering stillborn babies or babies with defects, a study led by researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. The study, published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, found passive smoking increased the risk of still birth by almost one-quarter (23 per cent) and was linked to a 13 per cent increased risk of congenital birth defects. The findings underline the...

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2011-03-04 07:40:00

Babies being born with some very common types of birth defects have been attributed to mothers who smoke during their first trimester of pregnancy, according to a new study.The findings show that women who smoked early in pregnancy were 30 percent more likely to give birth to babies with obstructions in the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs, and nearly 40 percent more likely to have babies with openings in the upper chambers of their hearts."For women who are planning to become...

2010-12-05 00:13:28

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to health care professionals and patients about the potential increased risk of birth injuries and birth defects when valproate sodium and related products (e.g. Depacon, Depakote or Stavzor) are used by mothers during pregnancy. Depakote Birth Injury Resources (DepakoteBirthInjury.com) offers information and resources about the possible side effects of valproate sodium, including neural tube malformations, craniofacial defects and...

2010-09-22 13:07:11

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children's coordination and physical control according to a new study from ×rebro University, Sweden, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. "“ Moreover, we discovered that boys' abilities may be affected to a greater extent than those of girls, says Professor Scott Montgomery at ×rebro University. "“ There is a link between nicotine and...

2010-07-06 13:53:14

Study shows gene-environment interaction in congenital heart disease A pregnant mother's diet may be able to interact with the genes her unborn child inherits and influence the type or severity of birth defect according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, suggests that mothers who eat a high fat diet before and through pregnancy could be inadvertently putting the health of their...

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2009-12-22 13:00:00

A new French study suggests that baby aspirin taken for high-risk pregnancy complications does not appear to harm brain development among very premature children assessed when 5 years old, but may even have some benefit, Reuters reported. Dr. Stephane Marret from Rouen University Hospital said it is necessary to confirm their data in other studies. He warned that physicians and pregnant women must always appreciate the potential impact on the developing baby of medications given to mothers...

2009-11-06 13:46:30

University of Nevada, Reno researcher collaborates with local health community to look for answers to elevated incidence rate Results of an investigation conducted by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, public health officials and area physicians published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicate that Washoe County experienced a cluster of a particular birth defect, gastroschisis, during the period April 2007 "“ April 2008. Subsequent review of...

2009-11-03 14:38:26

Penicillin and several other antibacterial medications commonly taken by pregnant women do not appear to be associated with many birth defects, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, other antibiotics, such as sulfonamides and nitrofurantoins, may be associated with several severe birth defects and require additional scrutiny. Treating infections is critical to the health of a mother and her...

2009-10-21 12:44:26

Another reason for mothers to stop smoking while pregnant A new research study being published in the October 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry suggests that maternal smoking may increase the level of distress of newborns. Studies have consistently found that prenatal cigarette smoke exposure is associated with increased rates of behavior problems, irritability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the risk of violent offenses, conduct disorder, adolescent onset of drug dependence, and...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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