Health News

Optional Early Baby Delivery Rates Drop
The rate of elective births before 39 weeks has dropped 3 percent since last year among U.S. hospitals, though rates vary dramatically, from under 5 percent to as high as 40 percent.
Birth Control Pills Recalled
Pfizer, Inc. recalled 14 lots of Lo/ Ovral-28 and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol birth control pills because they were incorrectly made and may not prevent pregnancy.
One Drink is One Too Many During Pregnancy
If you're thinking just one beer or just a single glass of wine during pregnancy can't hurt, think again. A new study reveals that every drop counts.
Herpes Hides From the Eye
Taking antiviral therapy medications - even at high dosages - is not sufficient to prevent the spread of genital herpes, even when symptoms are not present.
Drug Safety Communication: SSRI use during pregnancy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ( SSRI ) antidepressants by women during pregnancy and the potential risk of a rare heart and lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn ( PPHN ).
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Diflucan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that chronic, high doses (400-800 mg/day) of the antifungal drug Diflucan ( fluconazole ) may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy.
FDA: Unapproved Emergency Birth Control May Be Ineffective, Unsafe
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. consumers not to use the emergency birth control medicine labeled as Evital . These products may be counterfeit versions of the “morning after pill” and may not be safe or effective in preventing pregnancy.   Evital has not been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. This potentially ineffective and suspect counterfeit emergency birth control may also be in distribution in some Hispanic communities in the United States. The packaging label of the potentially ineffective and suspect counterfeit version says, ...
FDA Safety Alert: Women's Health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public about new information that is being assessed as part of their ongoing safety review of birth control pills that contain drospirenone . This review will further evaluate the risk of blood clots in women who use these products.
Motherhood is About to Make You a Little Crazier
FDA notified healthcare professionals that the Pregnancy section of drug labels for the entire class of antipsychotic drugs has been updated.
The Best-Laid Family Plans
Birth control, as opposed to low fertility rates, may account for smaller families in developing, low-income countries, according to a new study.