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A congressional committee voted Tuesday to continue a federal ban on creating genetically modified babies in the United States.

The House Appropriations Committee voted to retain the ban after the prohibition had been lifted last month by a subcommittee. The vote was part of debate over routine funding legislation for the Food and Drug Administration.

Research shows that music therapy in neonatal intensive care units helps infants get released from the hospital early. Experts in Florida helped pioneer the practice, and now it's expanding.


Dr. Jodi Jackson has worked for years to address infant mortality in Kansas. Often, that means she is treating newborns in a high-tech neonatal intensive care unit with sophisticated equipment whirring and beeping. That is exactly the wrong place for an infant like Lili.

Lili's mother, Victoria, used heroin for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy and hated herself for it. (NPR is using her first name only, because she has used illegal drugs.)

Hillsborough County is filing a lawsuit against drug companies that contributed to the opioid addiction crisis.

When Melisa Martinez's son, Juelz, was born very prematurely at 25 weeks back in January, doctors at University of California, Davis Children's Hospital gave him probiotics. "They told me the probiotics may help reduce the risk of infection," Martinez says. Now, Juelz is home and doing well.

The rate of babies being born early is going up across the country. There were 8,000 more preterm births in the U.S. last year than the previous year, and Jacksonville’s rate is worse than the country’s.


Florida pediatricians will be able to test babies for more diseases under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott.

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Peanut allergies can be among a parent's biggest worries, though we've had good evidence for more than a year that when most babies are 6 months old or so, introducing foods that contain finely ground peanuts can actually reduce babies' chances of becoming allergic to the legumes. Even so, many parents are scared to do that.

Florida moms are helping pay the bills by selling a unique commodity over the internet: breast milk.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, women able to pump additional milk are storing it and selling it to moms unable to lactate and even body builders wanting its special nutrients.  Some sellers say they can earn $80 for 20 ounces of breast milk, the Times reports.

Three quarters of new mothers gave breast-feeding a try in 2010, and mothers are sticking with breast-feeding longer, according to federal data.

Almost 50 percent of babies are still being breast-fed at least sometime at 6 months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 35 percent in 2000.

The number of babies breast-feeding at 12 months also rose, from 16 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2010. Go moms!

Across the state last year, five babies were born infected with HIV out of 457 who were exposed to the virus during pregnancy, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Public health officials are troubled, because they say maternal transmission is preventable if the infection is caught early in pregnancy.

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A new type of prenatal screening can tell parents with more than 99 percent accuracy whether their baby will be born with a genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome. It's called MaterniT-21, and it can be done as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy.

Robin Adkins-Vosler is a planner. At just 11 weeks, she’s hardly even showing. Already, her unborn son or daughter, has an extensive wardrobe

“Literally, probably for already the last year, I have been buying baby clothes,” Vosler says, ”I find designer baby clothes in Salvation Army all the time.”

The Hallmark card from Gov. Rick Scott and his wife won’t just welcome a new baby -- it also has a tear-off growth chart and the CDC’s immunization schedule to remind parents to get their child vaccinated.