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Increased Methamphetamine, Injection Drug, and Heroin Use Among Women and Heterosexual Men with Primary and Secondary Syphilis
CDC - 2/15/2019
During 2013–2017, the national annual rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in the United States increased 72.7%, from 5.5 to 9.5 cases per 100,000 population.

Two Decades of Data Reveal Overall Increase in Pain, Opioid Use Among US Adults
NIH - 2/13/2019
Prompted by a call from the National Academy of Medicine, then the Institute of Medicine, for improved national data on pain, a recent study provides new insights concerning pain trends and opioid use for pain management. 

Tobacco Use by Youth is Rising
CDC - 2/12/2019
Youth tobacco product use in the US is increasing at an alarming rate and you can help stop it.

Inexpensive Supplement for Women Increases Infant Birth Size
NIH - 2/11/2019
For women in resource-poor settings, taking a certain daily nutritional supplement before conception or in early pregnancy may provide enough of a boost to improve growth of the fetus, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth
New York Times - 2/5/2019
Pregnant women are given a long list of medical recommendations that can come across as patriarchal don’ts: Don’t eat raw fish. Don’t consume deli meats. Don’t do hot yoga! Don’t drink. There’s scientific evidence that these activities can have negative impacts on the health of the fetus, but the one that seems to be the source of most debate is alcohol.

The Opioid Epidemic and Maternal Health: Three Opportunities for Change
NICHQ - 2/8/2019
Opioid use disorder in pregnancy has increased dramatically across the country in the last decade, bringing with it increased health risks for mothers and babies.

How to Help Kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
Star Advertiser - 1/30/2019
The National Institutes of Health estimates that between 2 and 5 percent of children in the U.S. show signs of prenatal alcohol exposure. Fetal alcohol syndrome disorder now appears to be more prevalent than autism spectrum disorder.

How to Avoid Hidden Toxins During Pregnancy
Yahoo News - 1/28/2019
From the moment you find out you're pregnant, your desire to keep yourself and your child as healthy as possible kicks into high gear. 

Alcohol, Smoking and Other Drugs: Why Ten Fingers Plus Ten Toes Doesn’t Always Equal the Whole Story
MotherToBaby - 1/28/2019
Carly called and I could hear the stress in her voice immediately. She had been smoking marijuana on weekends and having a glass of wine most evenings with her dinner. 

NCBDDD Making a Difference Across the Lifespan: From Saving Babies to Protecting People
CDC - 1/25/2019
Welcome to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report. Please click on the following links to learn about our accomplishments and plans for the future.

Many Pregnant Women Don't Think Cannabis is Harmful, UBC Study Finds
CBC - 1/23/2019
A new report by researchers at the University of British Columbia has found that up to one-third of pregnant women believe it is safe to ingest cannabis during pregnancy.

Public Health Surveillance of Prenatal Opioid Exposure in Mothers and Infants
AAP News & Journals - 1/19/2019
The US opioid crisis is the public health emergency of our time and requires urgent public health action to monitor and protect the most vulnerable Americans.

Gastroschisis Trends and Ecological Link to Opioid Prescription Rates
CDC - 1/18/2019
Prevalence of gastroschisis, a serious birth defect of the abdominal wall resulting in some of the abdominal contents extending outside the body at birth, has been increasing worldwide.

Genetic Risks Play in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
UW Health - 1/16/2019
A study of 84 twin/sibling pairs exposed to alcohol in utero shows that two fetuses exposed to identical levels of alcohol can experience strikingly different levels of neurological damage. 

Evaluation of State-Mandated Reporting of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
CDC - 1/11/2019
From 2004 to 2014, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States increased 433%, from 1.5 to 8.0 per 1,000 hospital births. The latest national data from 2014 indicate that one baby was born with signs of NAS every 15 minutes in the United States. NAS is a drug withdrawal syndrome that most commonly occurs among infants after in utero exposure to opioids, although other substances have also been associated with NAS. 

Drug Overdose Deahts Among Women Aged 30-64 Years
CDC - 1/11/2019
The drug epidemic in the United States continues to evolve. The drug overdose death rate has rapidly increased among women, although within this demographic group, the increase in overdose death risk is not uniform. 

Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket Among Women
US News & World Report - 1/10/2019
The drug overdose death rate among women aged 30 to 64 has soared since the turn of the century, climbing from 6.7 deaths per 100,000 in 1999 to 24.3 in 2017 – a 260 percent increase, the data show. 

Patterns of Prenatal Alcohol Use that Predict Infant Growth and Development
AAP News & Journals - 1/7/2019
In this study, we employ longitudinal cluster analysis to characterize patterns of prenatal alcohol exposure across gestation. This method allows for a more robust estimation of infants at risk for early deficits in growth and neurodevelopment and for earlier and more targeted interventions.

Individuals with FASD and the Courts
NASW - 1/7/2019
Any social worker employed ina court or a criminal justice environment is almost certain to encounter individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders(FASDs) regularly.