Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With all the parties, outings and family gatherings during the holidays, it's easy for kids to get overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle, a leading group of pediatricians says.

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.

Baby Crib Ads Show Unsafe Practices, Study Says

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Baby crib advertisements and store displays often demonstrate unsafe sleep environments that increase an infant's risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a new study reports.

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.

Some Kids' Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with a genetic trait linked to obesity may be more likely than other kids to respond to fast-food commercials on TV, a new study suggests.

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.

The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect can persist for decades, often with substantial economic consequences, researchers report.

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.