Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antidepressants during pregnancy doesn't appear to raise a child's risk of autism, once other factors that could influence the risk are taken into account, two new studies suggest.

Zika Can Harm Babies' Vision, Too

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although Zika virus is most well-known for the devastating neurological damage it can cause in the womb, a new study reports that some babies infected with Zika also may have lifelong vision impairment.

Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to concerns about the harms of teenage pregnancy are new U.S. survey results that show 14 percent of teenage mothers-to-be smoke marijuana.

Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shooting Ranges Pose Hidden Risks: Study

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Residue from the firing of lead bullets poses a health risk at shooting ranges, a new study contends.

Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Information and support can help new mothers overcome breast-feeding difficulties, a lactation expert says.

Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a baby with virus-related birth defects, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Scientists Probe Zika's Path to the Fetus

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In order for the mosquito-borne Zika virus to cause birth defects, it must first cross an infected woman's placenta to infect the fetus.

Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Epilepsy

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy -- a seizure disorder -- if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, a new study suggests.

Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals.