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Need for clean diapers goes beyond preventing rash

Durga and Manju Ghalley speak limited English after moving to Spokane from Bhutan two years ago. But it was easy to explain why the couple picked up a dozen free …


DNA blood tests could improve prenatal screening

A DNA test of a pregnant woman’s blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear …


Record number of babies born in 2012 using IVF

LOS ANGELES – More than 1.5 percent of babies born in the U.S. in 2012 were conceived in a laboratory dish thanks to in vitro fertilization – an all-time high, …


Baby’s sex affects animals’ milk makeup

WASHINGTON – A special blend of mother’s milk just for girls? New research shows animal moms are customizing their milk in surprising ways depending on whether they have a boy …


Fertility clinic adds Spokane Valley office

A Seattle fertility clinic has added a Spokane Valley office with a medical staff of eight people. SRM Spokane, which opened in October, is the fifth location statewide operated by …


Peanuts, pregnancy now considered a safe mix

LOS ANGELES – Pregnant peanut lovers can celebrate, perhaps with a PB&J snack: A study shows an association between pregnant women who ate the most peanuts and tree nuts and …


Father’s diet may determine baby’s genetic fate

Men may want to double down on a healthy diet and clean living in the months before procreation, according to a study that suggests a father’s vitamin B9 deficiency may …


Doctors try to lower rate of twins in fertility cases

BOSTON – In the five years since the “Octomom” case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Now fertility experts are pushing a …


Bishops sued over pregnancy treatment

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to …


New breast milk policy planned for online exchange

CHICAGO – An online breast milk exchange linked to bacteria contamination in a new study says it is changing its policies. Researchers found high amounts of bacteria that could potentially …


Study: More babies sharing beds despite SIDS risk

CHICAGO – The government’s latest infant bed-sharing numbers show a troubling trend: The percentage of U.S. babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled since the early 1990s, …


U.S. birth rate decline may be leveling off

ATLANTA – After falling four years in a row, U.S. births may finally be leveling off. The number of babies born last year – a little shy of 4 million …


Whooping cough cases decline in Pacific Northwest

Whooping cough is on the decline in the Pacific Northwest, with some health officials attributing the drop to immunization efforts. By mid-July, there were 419 cases of whooping cough, or …


Group complains about marketing of ‘educational’ apps for babies

WASHINGTON – Smartphones don’t make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn. The Campaign for …


Study shows flattening of heads among infants

When Sara Pacheco takes her 2-month-old son in for checkups, he gets all the measuring, weighing and stethoscope time you might expect. But the doctor also carefully examines the shape …


Boy’s gift of hearing touches the world

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At the age of 3, Grayson Clamp finally heard his first sounds last month – his father saying “Daddy loves you.” Grayson’s face lit up with such …


Obesity affects mother, kids

WASHINGTON – Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way – by affecting …


Adult bacteria may help babies

LOS ANGELES – Forget boiling or antiseptic wipes: The best way to clean a pacifier may be putting it in your own mouth. It may sound gross, but evidence suggests …


Anti-seizure drug linked to autism

WASHINGTON – Pregnant women who took the anti-seizure drug valproate during pregnancy increased the odds that their baby would have autism and were roughly twice as likely to give birth …


Magnets remain despite risk to children

CHICAGO – Last summer Kelly Bruski went to the store with her sons to buy a birthday gift for her boyfriend. After the boys, now 6 and 9, chose a …


Inland NW Baby may reach milestone with diaper drive

By the end of this week, Jesse Sheldon hopes to have collected more than 100,000 diapers for infants and toddlers in need across the Inland Northwest. The fourth-annual diaper drive …


Preventing poisonings with kids

When you think of accidental poisoning, you may imagine a toddler drinking a liquid soap or eating a brightly colored cleaner. Unfortunately, for every child in the emergency department for …


Pregnancy drug won’t harm fetus

There’s reassuring news for pregnant women miserable with morning sickness: A very large study in Denmark finds no evidence that using a popular anti-nausea drug will harm their babies. One …


T-shirts support work of Guilds’ School

When Hobbs Smith arrived into the arms of his parents, Eric and Mery Smith, a year ago, doctors realized right away that he wasn’t exactly like his two older siblings. …


Pertussis death prompts warning

The Spokane Regional Health District is reminding everyone to get a pertussis vaccine along with a flu shot after a King County infant died from whooping cough last week. Health …


Autism linked to pollution in study

In a finding that points to a link between environmental toxins and autism, a new study shows that children who were exposed to the highest levels of traffic-related air pollution …


Whooping cough shot urged in pregnancy

ATLANTA – An expert panel is urging every expectant mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her …


Quicker gene test may help babies

WASHINGTON – Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just days …


Persistent pertussis

Whooping cough has spread across Spokane County during the summer, surprising health officials who expected numbers to drop once kids left school. No one has died.


Rock Doc: Adults need to protect against pertussis, too

Even if you don’t have kids in your household, you could be exposed to serious diseases that often affect children. And at the moment there’s a sharp spike upward in …