ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
CANCER
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
FITNESS
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year

TUESDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- When taken for at least a year before conception, folic acid supplements can help reduce the chance of a premature birth by at least 50 percent, University of Texas researchers say.

Their study, published in the May 12 issue of PLoS Medicine, found no link to a reduction in the odds of giving birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy if the supplements were taken for less than a year before conception. The researchers also found no ties between adding folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, to a woman's diet and any pregnancy complications.

About 12 percent of U.S. babies are born before 37 weeks' gestation, according to a Public Library of Science news release. Premature babies can having breathing issues, learning or developmental disabilities, and are less likely to survive than those born closer to 40 weeks' gestation. Other research has linked low levels of folate (folic acid) in the mother with a shorter length of pregnancy, the release noted.

The new study, which looked at the pregnancies and childbirth experiences of almost 35,000 women, found that those who took folate supplements for at least one year before conception were 70 percent less likely to spontaneously give birth between 20 and 28 weeks of gestation. These same women were also 50 percent less likely to give birth between weeks 28 and 32.

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