Women's Health News

Health Diaries > Health News > Women's Health News > December 2005

December 09, 2005

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso Expecting Child

Access Hollywood has reported that Matt Damon and his fiancee Luciana Barroso are expecting their first child. Barroso, who is three months pregnant, has a 7-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

The couple met at the Miami club, Crobar, where Barroso was bartending and he proposed to her around Labor Day. No wedding date has been announced.

Posted by news editor at 05:16 AM

Pacifiers and SIDS

In a new study published in the British Medical Journal, American researchers say that babies who use pacifiers cut their risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 90 per cent.

Dr. Michael Dunn, chief of newborn and developmental pediatrics at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, said pacifiers should not be used until after one month so newborns establish good breastfeeding practices and should not be forced on babies who don't want to take it. (Toronto Star)

Posted by news editor at 05:07 AM

Paxil May Cause Heart Defects in Newborns

The FDA has issued a warning to pregnant women about the antidepressant Paxil, saying that the drug increases the risk of heart defects in newborns.

The advisory is based on early results from two studies, which found that women who took Paxil in the first three months of pregnancy were 1 1/2 to two times more likely to give birth to a child with a heart defect than women who took other antidepressants or pregnant women overall. The studies found that Paxil had a risk of birth defects that other common antidepressants did not. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 04:14 AM