February 17, 2009 |
Something stinks about reproductive medicine in Southern California, and it doesn't involve eight dirty diapers. Recently, the Los Angeles-based Fertility Institutes announced that it would soon be offering patients at its clinics the chance to choose traits such as "eye color, hair color and complexion." The clinics already offer gender selection to patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.
December 23, 2002 |
Back in the 1990s, a public outcry over "drive-through deliveries" led 41 states and the federal government to pass laws mandating 48-hour minimum hospital stays for mothers after routine births. Proponents of the laws argued that sending mothers home from the hospital less than 24 hours after birth, as some health plans were doing, posed a health risk to infants. Now a Harvard study has found no evidence that sending mothers home faster harmed the health of newborns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2002 |
With seven new cases of HIV reported among children in January, Los Angeles County health officials issued a public alert Monday urging pregnant women to be tested and treated to forestall these largely preventable infections. By taking anti-AIDS drugs during pregnancy and avoiding breastfeeding after birth, HIV-positive women can cut the chances of passing the virus to newborns to less than 8%, said Dr. Toni Frederick, chief epidemiologist with the county's pediatric HIV project.
September 8, 2001 |
After nearly two months in the newborn intensive care unit, most of the septuplets born to a Saudi Arabian couple are gaining strength and weight, and some could leave the hospital this month, Georgetown University Hospital officials said Friday. Three of the seven have been upgraded to fair condition and moved to the unit's "step-down" ward, where the babies do not need as much monitoring.
July 13, 2001 |
After a three-year campaign to eradicate congenital syphilis, the rate of babies born with the disease has dropped by half, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A mothers with syphilis will pass the infection to her fetus. The disease is otherwise spread by sexual contact. If not treated, up to 40% of infants with syphilis die, while others will face developmental problems and seizures. Found early enough, however, syphilis is easily treated.
May 3, 2001 |
A prominent health care organization warned U.S. hospitals Wednesday to watch out for the return of a rare but preventable type of brain damage in newborns that has been on the rise with shorter hospital stays and increased breast-feeding. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a health care accrediting group, issued an alert to 5,000 U.S. hospitals about kernicterus, a highly unusual condition that stems from severe jaundice.