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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms February 5, 2008

The news you need to know:

Baby shampoo study raises chemical concerns
A small study suggests baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals linked with possible reproductive problems.The chemicals, called phthalates, were found in elevated levels in the urine of babies who'd been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products. Phthalates are used to stabilize fragrances and make plastics--such as toys and vinyl flooring--flexible. The study's results are being debated by health professionals.

No link between autism and MMR vaccine
The largest study to date of a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella reported there is no evidence the vaccine causes autism.
The study, published on Tuesday in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found no evidence of any abnormal biological response from the shot that could point to a link between the vaccine and autism.

Can pregnant women drink alcohol in moderation?
An estimated 14-15 percent of pregnant women choose not to give up alcohol, despite public health warnings. Some medical providers think that's okay. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the March of Dimes, recommend zero alcohol for moms to be.


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