Smoking in Pregnancy Damages Arteries in Offspring

Maternal smoking during pregnancy

can lead to arterial damage detectable in the offspring at 5 years, yet three-quarters of parents of young children continued to smoke after participating in smoking cessation programs, researchers reported.


ve smoking has been linked to thickening of arterial walls in young adults and abnormalities of endothelial function in children, but it has not been clear whether maternal smoking interferes with vascular

development in the fetus.

Researchers analyzed data from a prospective population-based study that included 259 children.

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Wal-Mart pulls powdered Enfamil from 3,000 stores

Walmart voluntarily pulled powdered Enfamil from its shelves after a a Missouri newborn died of an apparent infection.

“We decided it was best to remove the product until we learn more,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said. “It could be returned

to the shelves.”

Customers who bought formula in 12.5-ounce cans with the lot number ZP1K7G have the option of returning them for a refund or

exchange, Gee said.

Wal-Mart is not the only store that sells the formula. The

maker of Enfamil, Mead Johnson nutrition, declined to reveal whether formula from the same batch had been sold to other stores.