Approximately 12% of babies born in the United States this year will be born preterm. Unfortunately, this rate has increased over the last few decades (up from about 9.4% in 1981). Complications from prematurity account for the majority of neonatal deaths in our country every year. Babies born preterm face multiple potential health problems including respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, hearing, visual, behavioral and cognitive problems. Billions of dollars are spent annually on moms and babies who have been affected by preterm birth. In the U.S., 35% of health care spending for infants is used for treating children affected by prematurity.
We all know that smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs poses a severe threat to the prenatal period but, it turns out that the minor act of brushing your teeth bears a weighty role in ensuring a resilient pregnancy and healthy baby.
Breaking the smoking habit is tough. However, you CAN do it. Here are some tips to help you break the habit.
I wanted to clear the air on a health maintenance topic that has become increasingly more puzzling and complicated to the practice of medicine. One managed Care Company and several patients alike have asked the question: Are annual gynecologic visits really necessary? Find out more here.
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