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4 Things to Know in Women's Health News This Week (January 22)

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Babies are being born with their organs on the outside of their bodies more frequently.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of babies born with their organs sticking out their bodies, called gastroschis, has increased for every race. According to the CDC, about 2,000 babies every year are born with protruding organs. The amount of babies born with gastroschis to black. Non-hispanic mothers has increased by about 263 percent during 1995 to 2012.


About 92 percent of entrees from restaurants contain more than the recommended amount of calories, study says.

According to a new study from the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, both chain and local restaurants meals have more calories than what is recommended for an average person. While most fast food restaurants have calorie information available for you, restaurants may not have this information available making it more difficult for you to know what you are consuming.

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Offering water in school cafeterias as an alternative to milk and other drinks can help students lose weight.

A new study from the JAMA Pediatrics journal shows that when students are given access to “water jets” that dispense water into cups at lunch time, that there is a slight decrease in the BMI of students. This study is based off of New York City schools who incorporated these water jets starting in 2009 as a healthier drink option.

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A mosquito-borne virus called Zika could be responsible for a birth defect that causes babies to be born with small heads.

A birth defect that causes babies to be born with a smaller head and mental disability has risen substantially in Brazil since 2014. In 2014, there were 150 cases of this birth defect. Since October of 2015 alone, there has been almost 4,000 reported cases. The birth defect has not been confirmed to be linked to the Zika virus, but some of the babies who have died from the birth defects had the virus in their brains.

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