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Health Watch: November 11th

A look at the top health stories.
There is good reason for pregnant women to exercise. As little as 20 minutes of exercise three times a week can enhance the brain development of a newborn baby. Researchers at the University of Montreal say the head start could have an impact on the child's entire life.

A new study finds the average cost of having a baby in the United States in $21,000. The cost of having twins skyrockets to $105,000 and pregnancies with triplets or more cost nearly 20 times as much. Pennsylvania researchers found bills add up because women with twins or more may have more pre-existing conditions and hospital stays are usually longer. 

New research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston finds poorer women are more likely to delay seeing a doctor after finding a breast abnormality. Researchers hope their findings will put a new focus on lowering co-payments and hidden costs for patients, including parking fees and child care expenses. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to take trans fats out of our food supply. Government officials say the heart clogging fats are not safe. Trans fats are in many fried and processed foods, but in the last few years companies, restaurants and cities across the country have been phasing out trans fats. The FDA believes eliminating trans fats will prevent about 20,000 heart attacks and save about 7,000 lives every year. 
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