Mothers of Kids With Severe Birth Defects May Have Shorter Lives: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mother raising a child with a major birth defect may face a higher risk of dying early compared with a mother whose child doesn't have a birth defect, Danish research suggests.

Mouthwash Helps Kill Gonorrhea Germs in Mouth, Throat: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A commercial brand of mouthwash can help control gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth, and daily use may offer a cheap and easy way to reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, a small study from Australia contends.

Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routine blood test screening for genital herpes is not recommended for teens and adults -- including pregnant women -- who don't have any signs or symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), a panel of U.S. health care experts says.

Pregnancy May Spur 'Mothering' Changes in a Woman's Brain

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New moms often remark that they've got "baby brain," a new way of thinking that seems to accompany pregnancy and childbirth. New research suggests they're right.

Women Fare Better Than Men After a Heart Valve Replacement

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women have a higher survival rate than men after a specific type of heart valve replacement procedure, a new study finds.

Pot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use by pregnant women in the United States is up significantly since the early 2000s, a new study finds.

Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny preemies can benefit from donated breast milk -- if it's given in the hospital with proper safety measures, a leading pediatricians' group says.

Minority Women Less Likely to Get Breast Cancer Screening

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic women are less likely than white women to be screened for breast cancer, a large review finds.

MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A follow-up MRI scan after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of a possible fetal brain abnormality, a new British study reports.

Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After actress Angelina Jolie had both breasts removed because she faced a heightened risk for breast cancer, there was a spike in the number of women who were tested for the genes that raise that risk. But, there was no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates, researchers report.