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Eating During Pregnancy

PregnancyAug 24 05

To eat well during Pregnancy you must do more than simply increase how much you eat. You must also consider what you eat. Although you need about 300 extra calories a day - especially later in your Pregnancy, when your baby grows quickly - those calories should come from nutritious foods so they can contribute to your baby’s growth and development.

Why It’s Important to Eat Well When You’re Pregnant
Do you wonder how it’s reasonable to gain 25 to 35 pounds (on average) during your Pregnancy when a newborn baby weighs only a fraction of that? Although it varies from woman to woman, this is how those pounds may add up:

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Testicular cancer risk linked to mothers’ weight

CancerAug 24 05

Pregnant women’s weight is apparently associated with the subsequent risk of Testicular cancer in male offspring once they become adults, according to a Scandinavian study.

Higher maternal weight leads to higher levels of estrogens, which can be transferred from mother to fetus via the placenta.

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Nervousness, worry may predict suicide attempt

Psychiatry / PsychologyAug 23 05

Men and women who describe themselves as nervous or anxious seem to be more likely than their calmer counterparts to be hospitalized at some point for a suicide attempt, according to a study involving adults in Sweden.

“Health personnel should pay attention to patient anxiety in their diagnostic procedures, especially among men,” said study co-author Dr. Mans Rosen, of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in Stockholm. “Self-perceived anxiety is a rather good predictor of premature mortality and severe morbidity.”

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New Meningitis Vaccine Being Recommended

InfectionsAug 23 05

A new vaccine that protects against meningococcal disease is among the recommended immunizations for adolescents and college students this year.

Menactra, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January.

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Birth order doesn’t influence MS risk, study shows

Children's HealthAug 23 05

Contrary to what the “hygiene hypothesis” suggests, the youngest children in a family are not less likely than older siblings to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests.

According to the hygiene hypothesis, being too clean is not a good thing.

Infections at an early age actually trains the immune system to respond appropriately to the environment, and this protects kids against certain diseases like asthma and MS, so the argument goes.

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Women with diabetes face significantly greater risk of a fatal heart attack

DiabetesAug 20 05

Diabetic women have a much greater risk of suffering a fatal Heart attack, according to Swedish research, which suggests women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus face as much as a 3.1 times greater risk than healthy women, while diabetic men have a 1.9 times higher risk than their healthy counterparts.

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Benefits of cataract surgery last in most patients

Eye / Vision ProblemsAug 20 05

Visual function after cataract surgery may decrease over time in some patients, but many still show improvement years after surgery, Swedish researchers report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Drs. Mats Lunstrom and E. Wendel, from Blekinge Hospital, Sweden, examined how long patients’ improved visual function lasts following a cataract surgery.

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Hearing tests for all infants may improve outcomes

Ear / Nose / ThroatAug 20 05

Universal newborn screening for hearing impairment is more effective than waiting to screen until 8 months of age in achieving early referral for complete hearing assessments, the results of a study in the UK suggest. Early referral for children with hearing loss is believed to be a critical element in minimizing speech impairment by the time the child reaches school age.

Although universal newborn screening for hearing impairment has been recommended by the National Institutes of Health since 1993, the benefit of such programs has been disputed, Dr. Colin Kennedy and his associates explain in the current issue of The Lancet.

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Massage improves weight gain in preterm infants

Children's HealthAug 20 05

Moderate-pressure massage therapy increases weight gain in preterm infants by improving stomach motion, investigators at the University of Miami School of Medicine report.

Clinical trials have documented greater weight gain in premature infants after 5 to 10 days of massage, even though food intake and total sleeping time are not increased, Dr. Miguel A. Diego and his associates point out in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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12 weight-loss questions

Weight LossAug 19 05

Your personal trainer subsists on whey shakes, your sister’s sworn off dairy, and a book you picked up recommends watercress soup for Weight Loss. Is it any wonder you’re stymied about what to eat come mealtime? To ease the confusion, we rounded up top nutrition and weight-loss experts to answer the most burning questions.

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FDA won’t ban diet drug Meridia

Drug NewsAug 19 05

The government won’t ban the prescription diet drug Meridia but, faced with reports of deaths, says it will closely monitor a European study designed to better assess the pill’s heart risks.

The consumer group Public Citizen had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration for a ban, citing Meridia users who died of heart problems as young as their 20s and 30s. Even before Meridia was approved for sale, the FDA knew it could increase users’ blood pressure, the group contended.

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Obesity-related diabetes rising in US kids

Children's HealthAug 19 05

A tidal wave of “diabesity”, a new term coined to reflect a form of Diabetes Mellitus brought on by Obesity, is sweeping through American children, said a pediatrician who has published a new book on the affliction.

Francine Kaufman, an endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital here, compared the rise in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among overweight children to a tsunami starting in the mid-1990s.

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Magnetic stimulation may improve stroke recovery

NeurologyAug 19 05

The results of a small preliminary trial suggest that a type of magnetic stimulation of the brain—- repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)—may produce short-term improvements after Stroke.

With rTMS, the head is placed close to intermittent magnetic fields. No anesthesia is required and the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients may complain of headaches during rTMS, depending on the strength of the field used.

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Obesity And Expanding Waistlines the next Epidemic in USA

ObesityAug 19 05

Obesity is defined as 30 or more pounds above ideal body weight. Obesity is slowly becoming a global problem and more so in developed countries. According to a recent report the number of obese adults in the U.S. is currently about 31 percent. In 1980 it was 23% and 15 percent in 1970.

Obesity not only causes problems with heart but also many other diseases like Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, impotency etc.

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Indoor air pollution heightens lung cancer risk

Lung CancerAug 19 05

While uncommon in developed nations, heating and cooking indoors with solid fuels contributes to an increased risk of developing Lung Cancer, according to the results of a multicenter study.

“High levels of indoor air pollution, which however are unlikely to occur today in industrialized countries, may contribute to Lung Cancer risk,” Dr. Jolanta Lissowska told Reuters Health. “This effect, however, is small compared to that of tobacco smoking.”

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