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Birth Weight

Omega-3-rich fish intake during pregnancy may boost birth weight for babies: European data

Posted February 26, 2014

Higher intakes of fish during pregnancy may lead to infants with a higher birth weight, as well as reducing the risk of pre-term births, according to data from 19 European birth cohort studies.

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Daily Iron During Pregnancy Linked to Improved Birth Weight

Posted June 24, 2013

Taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, finds a study published on The effects were seen for iron doses up to 66 mg per day. The World Health Organization currently recommends a dose of 60 mg per day for pregnant women.

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Pitt study looks at vitamin D and birth weight

Posted January 14, 2013

Babies who are smaller than they should be at birth after full-term pregnancies can face serious health problems, including a five to 10 times higher risk of dying in the first month. If that baby does survive the first month, he or she will face an elevated risk later in life of developing such chronic ailments as heart disease, hypertension or type 2 diabetes.

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Low maternal vitamin D again linked to low birth weights: Study

Posted January 2, 2013

Women deficient in vitamin D early in their pregnancies are twice as likely to deliver babies with lower birth weights, say researchers.

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Study: Iron Supplements Reduce ADHD In Low Birth Weight Infants

Posted December 11, 2012

In a study published today in Pediatrics, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden conclude that giving iron supplements to low birth weight infants reduces the risk of behavior problems like ADHD later in life.The study, Effects of Iron Supplementation on LBW Infants on Cognition and Behavior at 3 Years, is published in the January 2013 issue, released online.

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Natural Pain Reliever Also Lowers Risk of Heart Attack

Posted April 30, 2012

Steve Brill, also known as the Wildman, who gives foraging tours of Central Park, recently took Chris Kilham with him. Brill showed Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, the twig of the black birch, betula lenta, and asked Kilham to give it a try.

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Daily Drinking of Black Birch Tea Can Lower Heart Attack Risk

Posted April 30, 2012

Black birch tea on a daily basis can help reduce heart attack risk just like an low-dose aspirin, but sans the side effects of taking a pill, according to a naturalist. The twig of the black birch, which tastes like spearmint is used in muscles to relieve pain.

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