Health Alert: Breastfeeding could be life saving for women

Health Alert: Breastfeeding could be life saving for women

(CBS) - A Health Alert, a Harvard study finds low breastfeeding rates may be responsible for thousands of illnesses every year.

Doctors say women who do not breastfeed have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, high blood pressure and even heart attacks.

Scientists believe this costs the economy about 17 billion dollars a year.

The Centers for Disease Control says 60 percent of women do not breastfeed as long as they intend to. 

(CBS) - British researchers say new blood tests can accurately detect Down's Syndrome and other genetic abnormalities during early pregnancy.

Doctors analyze the baby's DNA through a sample of the mother's blood.

The study suggests the test is more accurate than current invasive procedures like amniocentesis and could reshape prenatal testing. 

(CBS) - An FDA panel has voted that the diabetes drug Avandia still carry safety restrictions, but recommends modifying them.

Scientists reviewed the former blockbuster drug, after a new analysis suggested the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as previously thought.

Three years ago the FDA heavily restricted use of the drug.

And many countries around the world banned it when it was linked to increased risk of heart attack, even death. 


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