How marijuana contributes to weight loss — and a reduced risk of diabetes; researchers zero in on the first genes associated with postpartum depression; and ADHD in childhood may be linked to obesity later in life. These were the stories making health news this week; for more, visit TIME Health & Family.
Researchers say that a blood test may soon identify which pregnant women are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression, so they can seek treatment that could control their symptoms.
U.S. health regulators are warning doctors and women of child-bearing age that half-a-dozen medications used to treat migraine headaches can decrease children’s intelligence if taken while their mothers are pregnant.
In general, doctors aren’t thrilled with the idea of home birth. And while less than 1% of U.S. babies are ushered into the world at home, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) decided to collaborate on guidelines they say …
Some journalists are asking why the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor isn’t receiving more coverage.
To discourage planned early deliveries, hospitals are banning moms from scheduling births before 39 weeks without a medical reason. And it’s working.
In the latest volley over the contraceptive Plan B, a federal judge reversed the Department of Health and Human Services decision to restrict over-the-counter availability of the morning after pill to those 17 years or older .
To lower teen pregnancy rates in the city, the mayor is relying on fear, guilt and shame. But how effective are such approaches in changing behavior?
Testing for fetal abnormalities can alert expectant parents to potential health problems to come. And it’s the parents who should decide on how to act on those results, right?
Can parents force a teen to have an abortion?
It’s not too late to get a flu shot – especially if you’re pregnant, say experts at the March of Dimes.
It’s about evolution; if dads aren’t around, mothers-to-be make subconscious calculations to balance their needs against those of their children.