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Deaths from birth defects on West Coast spiked in 2011 after radiation release from Fukushima

7/8/2014 - Evidence continues to emerge that fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster led to an increase in birth defects and infant deaths along the west coast of the United States. In March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power...

Neural tube birth defects occur at 400% the national rate near Hanford nuclear site

6/24/2014 1:09:56 PM - Experts are still claiming to have no idea what's causing an increase in neural tube birth defects throughout central Washington, at a rate that's much higher than in the rest of the country. Since 2010, more than 30 babies have been diagnosed with anencephaly, a "nightmarish neural tube defect in...

Healthy diet before pregnancy significantly lowers risk of having preterm birth later

6/16/2014 - New research conducted at the University of Adelaide and published in The Journal of Nutrition has shown that women who consumed a poor diet before conceiving had roughly 50 percent higher risk of having a preterm birth as compared to those who ate a healthy diet. This is the first piece of research...

Washington health officials struggle to find cause of mysterious birth defects

5/30/2014 - Like reaching vines, radioactive waste particles can find a way to disperse from their decades-old storage, spreading into the environment. Sprawling through the soil, silently underfoot, decades-old radioactive waste can meander its way to the surface. Clinging like thorns, these radioactive particles...

Copper toxicity and birth control

5/29/2014 - An IUD or an Intra-uterine device is a very small T-shaped polyethylene device that is wrapped either in copper, the ParaGard or the Mirena that contains hormones both of which prevent pregnancy. The IUD is inserted by a doctor directly into the uterus usually without sedation or anesthesia. The patient...

Babies in industry polluted China at greater risk of preterm birth and defects

5/6/2014 - As China continues to industrialize its way out of oppressive communism, the nation's children and babies are paying the price with their health. A new study out of the University of South Carolina has found that pollution in developing countries like China and India is becoming so severe that many...

New medical microchips to be implanted by 2017, delivering drugs, routine birth control through wireless communications

4/28/2014 - The future of prescription drugging and birth control lies in a microchip. Right now, chips with drug reservoirs can be implanted directly under the skin, delivering doses of pharmaceuticals or birth control hormones at the same time each day. The implanted chip is designed to be remote-controlled...

Spirulina protects against cadmium-induced birth defects

4/11/2014 - Spirulina may help protect against the birth defect-inducing effects of toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, according to a study conducted by researchers from Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2011. A prior study, published in the Ecotoxicology...

At-home childbirths surging in popularity

3/23/2014 - As contemporary hospitals cling to hasty, drug and surgery birthing procedures, more women are deciding to take a natural approach to birth. Women are beginning to feel more comfortable giving birth in their own home under the care of a midwife, rather than succumbing to surgery-based hospital care,...

Facebook hates breastfeeding: Woman's account banned for posting live birth photos

2/10/2014 - If you're a woman who wants to have a natural childbirth at home - and then document the wonderful moments on your favorite social media site with comments and photos - you might want to think twice. You could be in violation of anti-pornography policies. That's right - or it is in the world according...

GMOs cause horrible deformities, birth defects in piglets

12/11/2013 - When Danish pig farmer Ib Pedersen first noticed the sudden uptick in disease, deformities and death among his farrow, his immediate reaction was to investigate the diet of his pigs to look for possible causes. And what he found confirms what a growing body of evidence also suggests: that genetically...

Argentinians protest Monsanto as pesticide usage increases rates of birth defects, cancer

11/14/2013 - Ever since the biotechnology industry first made inroads into South America back in the 1990s, rates of birth defects, cancer and other illnesses have steadily increased, a direct result of pesticides and herbicides being sprayed near residential areas. And one group of mothers from Argentina, known...

Could the placenta be the cure for post partum depression?

9/1/2013 - Every living mammal instinctively eats their placenta after giving birth to replenish nutrients. The placenta is a really remarkable organ. It is this amazingly designed organ that replaces multiple other human organs for the period of time the baby is in the womb. The number of functions it does is...

Midwives improve pregnancy care and birth outcomes: Study

8/29/2013 - They often get looked down upon by conventional OB/GYNs, family physicians and other mainstream doctors, but midwives may actually be better equipped to safely deliver babies than the labor and delivery staff at your average hospital. This is according to a new review recently published in The Cochrane...

Breaking research: Inducing childbirth causes autism

8/28/2013 - On August 12, the famed Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics published a study suggesting inducing childbirth increases risk for developing autism. The study analyzed North Carolina Detailed Birth Records and featured 625,042 live births linked with school records, including more than...

Thousands of teenage girls given birth control jabs at school, family planning clinics without parental consent or knowledge

8/15/2013 - First it was Gardasil. Then it was flu vaccines. Today, thousands of teenage girls as young as 13 years old living throughout the U.K. are reportedly being secretly injected with birth control vaccines at schools and family planning clinics, all without parental consent or even parental knowledge that...

Big government in bed with Monsanto: How government agents covered up Roundup's birth defects

8/14/2013 - Truly disturbing are the lengths to which big government will go to conspire with big corporations to keep people sick in their reckless pursuit of profits and power. A recent study, published in the Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology offers up more disturbing evidence that the very...

IVF treatment proven to increase risk of birth defects in children

7/24/2013 - If you are considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a pregnancy option for infertility, you may want to first consult with your doctor in light of emerging research on the potential side effects of this prospectively risky treatment. According to research recently presented at the American Academy...

Study finds that home births are safer than hospital births

7/5/2013 - A century ago, home births were the norm in the United States. Women would give birth to their babies in a comforting, familiar setting under the personal care of midwives. Fast forward to 1969, however, and 99 percent of all US mothers - having been exposed to propaganda claiming that hospital births...

AAP finally comes out in support of home births following surge of interest among pregnant women

5/4/2013 - So many more women these days are opting to give birth at home rather than at the hospital that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has finally decided to give an official nod of approval for the practice, according to a recent announcement. Though seemingly shrouded in overtones of skepticism,...

Woman gives birth in hotel bathtub after being turned down by hospital: Is this the future of socialized medicine in America?

4/25/2013 - If Michelle Booth's recent experience with the socialized health care system of the U.K. is any indication of the quality of care that will soon be delivered under Obamacare in the U.S., then Americans are in for a very rude awakening. According to the U.K.'s Daily Express, 39-year-old Booth was literally...

Coffee drinking causes low birth weight in babies and prolonged birth

3/5/2013 - If you're a mother-to-be and you happen to enjoy a couple cups of coffee in the morning, you may be undercutting your baby's birth weight. That's the conclusion by researchers who have conducted a decade-long study of nearly 60,000 women in Norway - expectant mothers who drink two cups of coffee...

Caffeine during pregnancy lowers birth weight

2/23/2013 - Consuming caffeine while pregnant leads to low birth weights and longer pregnancies, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Norwegian Institute for Public Health and published in the journal BMC Medicine. "As the risk for having a low birth weight baby was associated with caffeine...

Opening windows while pregnant improves baby's health

2/22/2013 - Women who regularly open the windows of their homes while pregnant are significantly less likely to have premature and low birth weight infants, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and published in the American Journal of Public Health. Preterm...

Hormonal birth control increases risk of diabetes

2/15/2013 - Some hormonal birth control methods may increase the risk of diabetes in overweight but otherwise healthy women, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and published in the journal Contraception. The researchers divided a group of obese women into...

Obese women give birth to babies with lower vitamin D levels

1/22/2013 - Obese women are more likely to give birth to children with low blood levels of vitamin D that women of healthy weight, according to a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Vitamin D is produced naturally...

The drugging and mutilating state of birth in America

1/21/2013 - In America today, it is acceptable to treat birth like a disease. With little regard for human life and natural body processes, the American medical establishment drugs and mutilates expectant mothers. Ironically, the natural way, through the care of a midwife, is becoming the illegal way in many...

Six ways to manage labor pain naturally

1/13/2013 - Pregnancy is a very exiting time for most women but the labor and delivery process can bring much anticipation. Maternal worry and discomfort lengthen labor and can contribute to fetal distress. There are many natural ways to help relieve pain and shorten the overall labor duration. More and more pregnant...

Iron supplementation helps low-birth-weight babies

12/17/2012 - Researchers in Sweden believe they have found a way to help low birth weight newborns: iron supplementation. According to scientists from Umea University, the largest in northern Scandinavia, supplemental iron could boost brain development and help prevent behavioral problems in babies who are a...

Herbal contraception - Discover a safe and effective alternative to synthetic hormones

12/6/2012 - Hormone-based contraception like the pill, patch or vaginal ring carry hefty health risks such as cancer, heart attack and stroke. An alternative to these dangers is the ancient use of herbs to avoid pregnancy. When an individual takes active responsibility for their sexual health, herbal birth control...

Pediatricians should push birth control pills onto young teens, says American Academy of Pediatrics

11/29/2012 - With seemingly no concern whatsoever for the sensibilities of some Americans regarding their moral or religious beliefs, a noted pediatrics organization is recommending that all pediatricians actively counsel teens about "emergency contraception," even going so far as to recommend that they be provided...

Antidepressant drugs are murdering babies before they're even born: SSRIs cause birth defects, miscarriages and complications

11/1/2012 - Big Pharma wants pregnant women to take prescription drugs, vaccine shots and even chemotherapy. It's the latest insanity from an industry that kills more Americans ever year than died in the entire Vietnam War. And the latest science reveals that antidepressant use during pregnancy is causing babies...

Hospital health care quality plummets: Risk of severe complications during hospital childbirth up 75 percent from decade ago

10/27/2012 - New data released as part of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study on pregnant women has found that delivery complications are on the rise among women who give birth at American hospitals. According to the figures, the number of women who experience heart attacks, strokes, severe...

BIRTH RAPE: The criminal assault on mother and child

9/29/2012 - Big Pharma has taken the blessed event of childbirth and is turning it into a medical procedure. The general attitude in a normal hospital birth is more like treating a disease rather than a natural, healthy and inspiring event. Medical personnel rush to the labor and delivery ward and operating arena...

Deadly thalidomide STILL being used as chemo drug despite deformed babies and horrific birth defects

9/10/2012 - It has been more than 50 years now since German drug giant Grunenthal unleashed for medical use the infamous horror drug known as thalidomide in 1957. The controversial morning sickness medication was quickly withdrawn worldwide in 1961 after it was discovered that thousands of babies whose mothers...

The need for maternity healthcare reform worldwide

8/30/2012 - The rising rate of Cesarean births has become a serious problem with the C-section rate over 32 percent in the United States, which is more than double the rate recommended by the World Health Organization. The rise can be attributed to the willingness of doctors to perform the surgery as well as the...

Why you must take a Vitamin B-complex if on birth control

7/26/2012 - That one tiny pill that you pop every day may be the reason you feel tired and have no energy. There is a proven connection between taking oral contraceptives and the depletion of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which is responsible for helping the processes of your body to produce energy, along with the rest...

Exposure to solvent chemicals in the workplace increases birth defect risk in children

7/25/2012 - Women looking to get pregnant need to make sure they avoid exposure to chemical solvents, as their children could end up suffering the consequences in the form of birth defects. A new study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals that women exposed to organic solvent...

Be Born and Live: New film cries freedom amidst the 'power, efficiency, and profit' of US birth system

7/13/2012 12:54:14 PM - As I sat here watching "Pregnant in America," at first I was gradually becoming stirred up, and then it dawned on me like an explosion that children, mothers, and fathers are getting the shortest end possible of the American Birth System's stick. This is a documentary that is based on solid, yet swept-under-the-rug,...

The Hospital Birth - Why most women are putting themselves at risk

6/24/2012 - The population has been led to believe that birthing in the hospital is the best option to having a safe delivery for mother and baby. While hospitals may provide the best environment for high-risk pregnancies (which account for six to eight percent of births worldwide), there are healthier alternatives...

Epidurals - How much do they really help?

6/23/2012 - Epidural is the popular choice for over half of American women in labor. Epidurals are especially common with women having their first babies. For the very few women that actually have a medically necessary birth by caesarean section, epidurals are certainly a great alternative to general anesthetic....

Birth defects - could Epilim be the new Thalidomide?

5/22/2012 - After the scandal of Thalidomide, it was said that important lessons were learned, and that it should never happen again. Now it comes to light that another set of drugs are causing birth defects, and have been since the seventies. Thalidomide was a "calming" drug used in the fifties to treat morning...

Birth defects are one-third more likely in babies conceived with IVF, according to studies

4/25/2012 - Technology is a wonderful thing in most cases, but sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way is not only better, it's safer too. To wit, a new study found that babies conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) - when a mother's egg is fertilized outside her body then transplanted to her womb...

How to get through natural childbirth free of pain medication

4/19/2012 3:33:55 PM - "Life is pain Highness; anyone who says differently is selling something." This line from the movie The Princess Bride is certainly applicable to childbirth. It's going to hurt. It's not meant to be easy. However, there are ways to prepare for and manage that pain, which is just one of the challenges...

Farmers sue Big Tobacco, Monsanto for knowingly poisoning them with deadly pesticides that cause birth defects

4/17/2012 - A group of Argentinian farmers says corporate biotechnology giant Monsanto, tobacco behemoth Philip Morris, and several other tobacco companies coerced the farmers into using dangerous amounts of Roundup (glyphosate) and other pesticide and herbicide products on their tobacco crops, which eventually...

Detroit newspaper calls for birth control sterilants to be added to public water supply, reports Aaron Dykes

2/15/2012 - Why would you forcibly medicate the population with fluoride chemicals via the water supply when you could instead forcibly medicate them with birth control drugs? That seems to be the opinion of Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor at The Detroit News, who says that too many people on welfare are...

CNN Hero of the Year 'Mother Robin' warns that GMOs may cause widespread umbilical cord deformities

2/14/2012 - Ibu Robin Lim is a world-renowned gentle-birth midwife, and the creator of the Bumi Sehat Birth Clinic in Bali (www.bumisehatbali.org). There, Lim offers guidance and midwifery services that result in the birth of over 600 babies each year. Known as "Mother Robin," she was granted CNN's coveted "Hero...

Home births have increased by nearly 30 percent since 2004

2/1/2012 - More parents are taking control of their birthing options by choosing home births, says a new study from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Statistics released in late January say home births in the United States have risen by nearly 30 percent between 2004 and 2009. "A lot of women...

Reuters promotes eugenics with 'abortion is safer than giving birth' headline

1/24/2012 9:10:44 PM - "Abortion is safer than giving birth." This study was the title of a Reuters health section article dated January 23, 2012. Now really, does this headline encourage a woman to give birth or put fear into her while supporting abortion. It does put abortion into a positive light, which isn't really positive. The...

FDA revokes voting rights from key advisory panel member who publicly opposes Bayer birth control drugs

12/20/2011 - A prominent expert in health-related issues and pharmaceutical drugs, Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, Director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group (HRG) and member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, was recently stripped of his voting power...

FDA: Birth control drugs linked to 150 percent increased risk of deadly blood clots

11/7/2011 - Instead of advising their patients to use natural and safe progesterone to treat menopause symptoms, many conventional doctors prescribe synthetic drospirenone instead. And a recent report issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that women, who take birth control drugs containing...

Monsanto is secretly poisoning the population with Roundup

10/4/2011 - Dr. Andreas Carrasco remained in the locked car and watched with fear as the crowd beat the vehicle and shouted at him -- for two hours. His friends who didn't make it into the vehicle were not so lucky. One ended up paralyzed. Another unconscious. The angry crowd of about 100 were likely organized...

Pregnant women now being dosed with toxic chemotherapy drugs

8/24/2011 - In the world of medicine, the toxicity of chemotherapy drugs is widely known. They make your hair fall out, after all, and that's on top of the muscle wasting, vomiting and overall health deterioration that chemo drugs admittedly produce. But now the insanity has reached a new low with doctors routinely...

Monsanto's Roundup linked to deadly diseases and birth defects, most people have no idea

7/7/2011 - A recent report put together by various professors, scholars and researchers affiliated with Earth Open Source, a collaboration group devoted to food issues, cites in great deal the multitude of peer-reviewed scientific studies which show that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), which is applied...

Chimpanzees found to give birth in much the same way as humans

6/10/2011 - Members of the Hominidae family chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to human beings and like us, they have been found to experience emotions and retain memories. With that in mind, a team from the Hayashibara Great Ape Research Institute in Okayama, Japan has evidence to prove that we have...

New report: Regulators knew Roundup caused birth defects

6/9/2011 11:43:48 PM - Regulators have known since 1980 that Roundup, the herbicide manufactured by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, and have done nothing to make the information public, according to a new report released June 7 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/roundup-birth-defects-herbicide-regulators_n_872862.html). The...

Home births up 20 percent as more Americans prefer natural child birth

5/24/2011 - The number of pregnant women who choose to have their babies at home instead of at a hospital has risen by 20 percent over the past four years, according to new statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though home births had been on the decline between 1990 and...

How a birth doula provides help and support during labor

5/2/2011 - A natural birth can be a long, grueling and exhausting experience for a woman. Some husbands or partners may lack the experience to help their loved ones cope with hours of labor. A doula, derived from a Greek term which means "women who serve", assists women during pregnancy and labor. She generally...

Article updated with new message from the Health Ranger

4/28/2011 - The article which originally appeared here has been removed because it is no longer aligned with the science-based investigative mission of Natural News. In late 2013 / early 2014, Mike Adams (the Health Ranger), editor of Natural News, transitioned from outspoken activist to environmental scientist....

GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer

4/27/2011 - Numerous studies in recent months have tied agricultural pesticides to reproductive and other serious health problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/pesticides.html). And a new study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic. Andres...

Epilepsy, migraine drug linked to 2000 percent increase in birth defects

3/15/2011 - New data released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that mothers taking Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Topamax, as well as its generic version topiramate, during pregnancy are 2000 percent more likely to bear children with oral defects like cleft lips or cleft palate than women who do not...

Midwife organization head says establishment conspiring against home births

1/4/2011 - The maternity services sector of the U.K. public health system is greatly strained and "almost near breaking point," according to Cathy Warwick, head of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). But the government is trying to tarnish the safety and viability of home births, an alternative method of giving...

C-section birth rate skyrockets in USA as mothers surrender to convenience of doctors

12/17/2010 - The c-section rate in the United States continues to climb, a phenomenon increasingly attributed to impatience on the part of women and doctors. The rate of women delivering by c-section had increased to 31.8 percent by 2007, with a further increase to 32.3 percent in 2008, according to a study by...

Birth Interventions Impair the Ability of a Baby to Breastfeed

11/15/2010 - Breastmilk is the best form of nutrition for a baby but many women struggle to breastfeed and have problems in the early days after birth: including difficulties with latch, problems with milk supply or baby being sleepy. Many of these problems can be caused by birth interventions which can decrease...

Alternative birthing centers reduce drug use, promote more natural births

10/31/2010 - Where you have your baby can determine how natural the birth is, says a new review in The Cochrane Library. According to an analysis of over 10,000 women from various randomized trials, those who bear children in alternative birthing centers rather than in conventional hospital rooms require less pregnancy...

Monsanto Roundup Linked to Birth Defects in New Study

10/19/2010 - Everybody's favorite genetically modified seed and biotech company, Monsanto, has yet again proven their lovability. The world's poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit1 was the focus of a new study looking at their top-selling product, Roundup herbicides. The study was conducted...

Home Births and Midwives are a Growing Trend

9/23/2010 - St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital's recent ban on midwifery has been met with impassioned community protests at its sister hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center. In early March, protester signs exclaimed, "St. John's we want our midwives back," and "Our Babies, our Births, our Choice." Critics...

NY midwives lose right to deliver babies

9/21/2010 - It is now illegal for women to give birth at home in New York City, following the closure of the only hospital that supported midwives in the practice. "It's pretty shocking that in a city where you can get anything any hour of the day a person cannot give birth at home with a trained practitioner,"...

Diet Soda Found to Cause Premature Birth, Study Says

8/30/2010 - A new research study, which included nearly 60,000 pregnant women in Denmark, found that those who drink artificially sweetened beverages (carbonated or not) were more likely to have a premature birth. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1 The researchers...

Choline Deficiency during Pregnancy may lead to Birth Defects

8/18/2010 - In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition it has been revealed that deficiency of choline, an important nutrient for cell growth and functioning, may lead to higher risk of birth defects in babies. The study was conducted by researchers of McGill University and Cornell...

Natural Birth Control Methods to Use Instead of the Contraceptive Pill

7/25/2010 - Natural family planning depends on a couple`s ability to recognise the phases of a woman`s menstrual cycle and to calculate when ovulation is most likely to occur. In this way, they can avoid an unwanted pregnancy. How Reliable are Natural Birth Control Methods? For a natural method to be effective...

Natural Birth Control: Use Hot Water and Papaya Seeds

7/3/2010 - In today's society, much of the burden of birth control involves chemicals, drugs and often falls upon the women. However, it turns out the key to birth control might be better placed on men. And the good news is, you don't have to look any further than hot water and papaya seeds. It turns out that...

Anti-seizure drug linked to birth defects

6/19/2010 - The FDA has issued a warning that certain anti-seizure drugs have been linked to an elevated risk of birth defects and should be avoided by pregnant women. The agency sent a letter to neurological and obstetric health workers warning that when taken by pregnant women, valproate sodium (marketed as...

Atrazine pesticide causes birth defects

3/26/2010 - This year's annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) will include research showing a link between the agricultural chemical atrazine and the birth defect gastroschisis. Gastroschisis has been on the rise over the past several decades, having increased up to four times the level...

Reproduction industry risks: infertility treatments increase risk of stillbirths

3/26/2010 - The multi-billion dollar medical reproductive technology industry has resulted in the births of millions of kids. They were conceived through non-natural procedures including in vitro fertilization (IVF), also known as the process that produces "test tube" babies, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection...

Antibiotics Linked to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

3/23/2010 - Taking antibiotics during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Although approximately 30 percent of...

Cold Case Files - Paxil Birth Defects

3/4/2010 - Almost like an episode of the TV show, Cold Case Files, the first Paxil birth defect trial was dominated by a story about what happened to the rat pups that died around 1979 and1980, involved in a study in which Paxil was being tested on pregnant female rats. The animal studies giving Paxil to rats...

Glaxo Birth Defect Litigation Reveals Paxil Promoters on Speed Dial

3/3/2010 - In the first Paxil birth defect trial against GlaxoSmithKline, much of evidence focused on the doctors on Glaxo's payroll involved in the corruption of the medical literature and seminars given to promote the off label use of Paxil with pregnant and nursing mothers. On October 13, 2009, the trial...

Paxil Birth Defect Trial: Battle of the Experts

3/2/2010 - In the first Paxil birth defect trial that resulted in a $2.5 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline in October 2009, the infant, Lyam Kilker, was born with three heart defects; an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, and an interrupted aortic arch, after his mother took Paxil while pregnant....

Serious birth defects linked to the agricultural chemical atrazine

2/22/2010 - Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the intestines, and sometimes other organs, develop outside the fetal abdomen and poke out through an opening in the abdominal wall. Long considered a rare occurrence, gastroschisis has mysteriously been on the rise over the last three decades. In fact, the incidence...

Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - First Trial A Bust for Glaxo

2/17/2010 - GlaxoSmithKline has paid out close to $1 billion to resolve lawsuits involving Paxil since the drug came on the market in1992, according to a December 14, 2009 Bloomberg report. But the billion dollars does not cover the more than 600 Paxil birth defect cases currently pending in multi-litigation in...

Vitamin D Cuts Premature Birth Risk

2/8/2010 - Taking a high daily dose of vitamin D during pregnancy can significantly reduce a woman's risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Medical University of Charleston, South Carolina, and funded by the National Institutes of Health. "I'm telling every...

Birth Drugs Impair Breastfeeding

1/24/2010 - Drugs commonly given during hospital labor may impair a woman's ability to breastfeed, according to a study conducted by researchers from Swansea University and published in the journal BJOG. "A lot of women are not given enough information about the medications that might be given to them during...

Medications that block folic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects

11/19/2009 - (Natural News) An epidemiological study in Israel that included 84,832 babies born at Soroka Medical Center, in Beer-Sheva concluded that medications taken during the first trimester that block folic acid more than double the risk of congenital malformations. The study team involved Epidemiologists,...

GM Soy Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects

10/13/2009 - The active ingredient of the popular herbicide Roundup, widely used on lawns and genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide, causes birth defects of the brain, heart and intestines even in minuscule doses, Argentinean researchers have found. "The observed deformations are consistent and systematic,"...

Home Births Proven as Safe as Hospital Births

9/30/2009 - Women who give birth at home do not have any higher rate of complications or death than women who give birth in a hospital, according to a study conducted by researchers from the TNO Institute for Applied Scientific Research in the Netherlands, and published in the journal BJOG. "We found that for...

Home Births with Midwife Safe As Hospital for Babies, Fewer Infections and Less Bleeding for Moms

9/9/2009 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has a long-standing opposition to home births. In fact, their official statement released last year actually accuses women who want a home birth of placing "the process of giving birth over the goal of having a healthy baby". The statement...

The Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign - Part V

8/28/2009 - This is part four of an article series by Evelyn Pringle. Find previous parts here: Part One (http://www.naturalnews.com/026634_drugs_suicide_adhd.html), Part Two (http://www.naturalnews.com/026707_health_disease_depression.html), Part Three (http://www.naturalnews.com/026742_depression_disease_postpartum_depression.html)...

Newborn Procedures: Make an Informed Choice about the Vitamin K Injection

7/17/2009 - Both newborn babies and breast milk are said to be deficient in vitamin K1, and injection of this vitamin into newborns is standard practice in US hospitals. The diagnosis of vitamin K deficiency for newborns, however, is in comparison with adult levels and that of breast milk by comparison of human...

Vision of Birth: Factors to Consider before Delivering Your Baby

6/2/2009 - Deciding between a home and hospital birth is a difficult decision for some couples. Although a general perception exists that hospital births are safer than homebirths, this is actually not the case. An additional factor to consider is the general philosophical framework in which birth is placed in...

Toxic Waste Causes Thalidomide-like Birth Defects

4/28/2009 - A ten-week lawsuit is underway to determine whether a town in England led to a wave of birth deformities through negligence in handling a number of toxic dumps. The plaintiffs in the case allege that the Corby Borough Council failed to properly handle toxic waste from eight to 16 dumps left over...

C-Section Birth Raises Risk of Asthma in Newborns by 79 Percent

4/13/2009 - Children delivered by cesarean section (c-section) are significantly more likely to develop asthma and allergies later in life than children delivered through natural, vaginal birth, according to a study conducted by researchers from National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven,...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Pregnant Women Linked to Birth Defect

4/5/2009 - A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that women who do not have an adequate intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy are at greater risk of having a child with a birth abnormality called neural tube defect. About Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Birth Defects The researchers...

Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects

4/5/2009 - Pregnant women who are obese are significantly more likely to give birth to children with birth defects than women of a healthier weight, according to a study conducted by researchers from Newcastle University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Prior research has shown...

Prenatal Caffeine Consumption Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

3/13/2009 - A new study has found that women who drink as little as one cup of coffee per day while pregnant can significantly increase their child's risk of low birth weight, spurring the British Food Standards Agency (FSA) to lower the maximum recommended daily caffeine intake during pregnancy. Caffeine has...

Newborn Procedures: Make Informed Choices about Vitamin K Injections

2/16/2009 - Both newborn babies and breast milk are said to be deficient in vitamin K1, and injection of this vitamin into newborns is standard practice in US hospitals. The diagnosis of vitamin K deficiency for newborns, however, is in comparison with adult levels and that of breast milk by comparison of human...

Knowledge: The Noninvasive Birth Control

1/27/2009 - As of now, the FDA has yet to approve of a safe option for birth control. The pill has been linked to higher breast cancer risk, the Depo Provera shot to infertility and osteoporosis, and the Mirena IUD to spontaneous abortions and even death. The Nuva Ring and the Patch can result in weight gain and...

Modern Birth Control: Blessing or Barbarism?

1/5/2009 - Throughout history women have found many interesting ways to practice birth control. There is evidence of women in ancient Rome tying a pouch around their left foot that contained a cat's liver in the belief that it would prevent pregnancy. Some would spit in the mouth of a frog three times in hopes...

Elevated Risk of Birth Defects Found in Women With Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes

1/1/2009 - Type II diabetes is a very troublesome condition. Without a proper diet (avoiding non-fibrous carbohydrates, trans fats) and exercise routine, the condition can spiral out of control, leading to amputations, blindness, and eventually death. There is another undesirable effect that it has: birth defects....

Hairspray Exposure in Pregnant Women Increases Risk of Common Birth Defect in Boys

12/26/2008 - In a groundbreaking study, research recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that pregnant women who are exposed to hairspray while at work have more than double the risk of giving birth to a son with hypospadias, a common genital birth defect. About Hypospadias Hypospadias,...

Study Shows Topamax Increases Chance of Birth Defects

11/24/2008 - Women who take the anticonvulsant drug topiramate (marketed as Topamax) while pregnant are at increased risk of giving birth to a child with developmental defects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Royal Group of Hospitals in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and published in the journal...

Birth Control Patch Too Dangerous to Stay on Market, Warns Public Citizen

10/15/2008 - Johnson & Johnson's Ortho-Evra birth control patch exposes women to too much risk for too little benefit and should be pulled from the market, the nonprofit group Public Citizen warned in a petition submitted to the FDA. "Ortho-Evra is a poor choice for women," wrote Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of...

The Medical Establishment’s Ridiculous Opposition to Home-Births

10/10/2008 - According to ABC news, The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine raised a cease-and-desist order along with an $11,000 fine against Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Diane Goslin last fall following the unfortunate death of an infant in her care. Though the death was not her fault, nor was it ever attributed...

Girl Dies After HPV Jab - CDC Blames Birth Control Pills

8/5/2008 - Some people may remember the article about young Brittany who became paralyzed shortly after receiving the HPV vaccine. However, Brittany is not the only young girl to experience such a problem. A fourteen-year-old girl named Jessica had a similar experience after receiving the vaccine, as reported...

Study Shows That the Birth Control Pill Lowers Libido

6/17/2008 - Many women have ironically found that their sex life plummets when they get on the birth control pill. A recent study shows that the pill can in fact demolish libido. How does the birth control affect Libido? The birth control pill is designed to change a woman's sexual hormones so that she doesn't...

Maine Middle School May Drug 11 Year Old Girls with Birth Control Patches

4/3/2008 - A middle school in Portland, Maine is considering a proposal to provide birth control pills and patches to students as young as 11 years old. King Middle School launched a reproductive health program after five of the 135 students who visited the school's health center in 2006 reported being sexually...

Birth Control Pill Linked to 20 Percent Higher Plaque Buildup in Arteries

4/3/2008 - Women who take oral contraceptives may have more plaque buildup in their arteries, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and presented at a conference of the American Heart Association. Researchers conducted a long-term observational study on 1,300...

Obesity Linked to Increased Health Risks and Birth Defects

3/3/2008 - Obesity rates are increasing in Australia with over half of Australian adults overweight (Australian Bureau of Statistics). More disturbing are studies finding that overweight women giving birth are more likely to have children that become overweight as well. This is in addition to increased health...

Death From Birth Defects: Fetal Exposure to Toxins Out of Control

2/19/2008 - The leading cause of infant death in the U.S. results from congenital birth defects. They have become an increasingly prominent cause of infant death. In 1970, the deaths from birth defects were 15.1 percent and by 1997 the figure jumped to 22.1 percent. The increase in birth defects is significant....

Multivitamins help increase birth weights of newborns

1/9/2007 - A new study conducted at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in New Delhi has revealed that pregnant women who take multivitamins are more likely to give birth to healthy-weight babies, even if they are at risk for an underweight child. The study also found that...

Solvent exposure linked to birth defects in babies of male painters (press release)

11/14/2006 - Men who paint for a living may be placing their unborn children at increased risk of birth defects and low birth weight. A study of construction workers in the Netherlands, conducted in part by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, links low birth weight and birth defects to paternal, airborne...

Birth control patch harms women's health, lawsuit alleges

11/6/2006 - A group of 40 women who use a popular birth-control patch sued the patch's manufacturer this past Wednesday. The group claimed that the contraceptive caused serious illnesses -- and at least one death. One lawsuit stipulates that 43 women suffered from blood clots and other health ailments after...

Unmasking nutrition's role in genes and birth defects (press release)

10/6/2006 - Expectant mothers may someday get a personalized menu of foods to eat during pregnancy to complement their genetic makeup as a result of new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers used transparent fish embryos to develop a way to discover how genes and diet interact...

Epilepsy drug poses high risk for fetal death and birth defects (press release)

10/5/2006 - The epilepsy drug valproate poses a higher risk for fetal death and birth defects than other commonly used epilepsy drugs, according to a study published in the August 8, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Of the four epilepsy drugs tested in the...

Bipolar drug Lamictal tied to birth defects when used by expectant mothers

10/2/2006 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that expectant mothers taking GlaxoSmithKline's epilepsy and bipolar disorder drug Lamictal could experience a higher rate of birth defects than women not taking the drug. A recent registry of 564 pregnant women who took Lamictal during their...

Copper deficiency found to contribute to serious birth defects

8/28/2006 - A study of zebrafish -- conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Children's Discovery Institute -- suggests that while copper deficiencies are rare in humans, the condition may contribute to birth defects. The researchers hope that the findings in...

Blood-Pressure Drugs Linked to Birth Defects (press release)

7/28/2006 - Blood-pressure medications known as ACE inhibitors can't be considered safe to take even in the first trimester of pregnancy and should be avoided altogether by pregnant women, a new study suggests. For years, doctors have known these commonly prescribed blood-pressure drugs aren't safe during the...

Breast-Cancer Risk Linked to Exposure to Traffic Emissions at Menarche, First Birth (press release)

7/18/2006 - Exposure to carcinogens in traffic emissions at particular lifetime points may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women who are lifetime nonsmokers, a study by epidemiologists and geographers at the University at Buffalo has found. Their study was conducted among women who lived in...

Folic acid deficiencies are widespread; here's why nearly everyone needs more folate

12/29/2005 - Pregnant women plagued by cravings for pickles and ice cream must remember to include plenty of folic acid in their diets. Shown to reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects, folic acid – found primarily in leafy green vegetables – is an absolute necessity for any woman who is pregnant or is...

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread among U.S. population, expectant mothers are deficient and giving birth to deficient infants

1/1/2005 - The following is part two of an eight-part interview with Dr. Michael Holick, author of "The UV advantage" and one of the world's most respected authorities on vitamin D and the health benefits of natural sunlight. His work can be found at www.UVadvantage.com. Be sure to print out the vitamin D myths,...

Antidepressant drugs found to cause birth complications

8/19/2004 - A new warning is being issued about pregnant women taking antidepressant drugs. It turns out that taking such drugs during late pregnancy puts the health of their babies at risk and leads to birth complications that may require prolonged hospitalization, breathing support, and tube feeding. This warning...

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