A 15-minute computer-based counseling program helped educate women about the benefits of taking folic acid before pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Researchers say on-screen sessions have many advantages over printed pamphlets, especially for women who don't read well.
A new report from Trust for America's Health recommends all state and local health departments adopt interoperable information technology in order to combat the growing threat of infectious diseases. The report also says the U.S. should be a leader in assessing and detecting disease threats in developing countries.
A study of more than 40,000 U.S. women and their infants found that gaining more than 40 pounds during pregnancy almost doubles the risk of delivering a baby that weighs 9 pounds or more. Heavy babies are programmed to become overweight or obese later in life, the lead researcher said.