Womans Health

Folic Acid Supplements taken early in Pregnancy reduce Incidence of Cleft Lip

Folic Acid Supplements taken early in Pregnancy reduce Incidence of Cleft Lip

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Cleft lips in newborns can be greatly reduced if pregnant women have adequate intake of folic acid early in their pregnancy according to a study first reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) online edition.

The study was a national population based case-control study in Norway which has one of the highest rates of cleft palates. The researchers wanted to determine if folic acid would reduce the incidence of clefting in the newborns.

They found that women that took folic acid supplements of 400µg or more per day reduced the risk of the baby having a cleft palate by 40%. The researchers do contend that only one study may be premature to assert that folic acid is certainly responsible for a decreased risk for cleft palate, future studies would need to be completed to confirm these studies results. The results do look promising for the prevention of cleft lips with adequate intake of folic acid.

Synthetic Human Growth Hormone is not as Beneficial for preventing aging in Elderly

Synthetic Human Growth Hormone is not as Beneficial for preventing aging in Elderly

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Human Growth Hormone has been promoted as being a way to slow down aging, however a review published in the January 16th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine reports that the synthetic hormone is not offering dramatic changes, and at the same time can have some undesired side effects.

The small changes of taking synthetic growth hormone was seen in body composition. They report did not see any changes in body weight or other significantly important benefits. There were however adverse side effects reported. Some side effects reported included soft tissue swelling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and, in men, abnormal breast development. There were a slight increase in developing diabetes.

Headache and Depression Link Found – Women Who Suffer From Migraines More Likely To Be Depressed – Chronic Pain Worst

Headache and Depression Link Found – Women Who Suffer From Migraines More Likely To Be Depressed – Chronic Pain Worstt

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Women who suffer from chronic headaches, especially migraines, are at a higher risk for depression according to researchers in Ohio. These women are also more likely to feel tired and experience other severe physical ailments.

"Painful physical symptoms may provoke or be a manifestation of major depression in women with chronic headache, and depression may heighten pain perception," said study author Gretchen Tietjen, MD with the University of Toledo-Health Science Campus and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "This relation between migraine and major depression suggests a common neurobiology."

The researchers looked at 1032 women at headache clinics in five states. Of these, 593 reported episodic headache (fewer than 15 headaches per month) and 439 had chronic headache (more than 15 headaches per month). Ninety percent of the women were diagnosed with migraines.

Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - Battle of the Decade

Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - Battle of the Decade

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A year ago, the FDA reclassified Paxil from a Category C drug to a Category D for pregnant women. Category C is for drugs that have been shown to harm the fetus in animals. Category D means a drug has been found to harm the human fetus.

In a December 1, 2006, news release, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Obstetric Practice, advised that Paxil should be avoided "by pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant due to the potential risk of fetal heart defects, newborn persistent pulmonary hypertension, and other negative effects."

An interesting comment in the announcement states: "Unpublished data regarding the use of Paxil® during the first trimester of pregnancy have raised concerns about an increased risk of congenital heart malformations."

Birth Control Continuous-use Oral Contraceptives eliminates monthly Menstrual Cycle Safely

Birth Control Continuous-use Oral Contraceptives eliminates monthly Menstrual Cycle Safely

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A new continuous-use oral contraceptive can eliminate menstrual cycles safely according to a study first published in the December issue of Contraception.

Low-dose oral contraceptives that are currently on the market reduce the number of menstrual periods to four per year. Lead investigator in this study, David F. Archer, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School report it to be safe to eliminate the menstrual cycle.

"It is felt that the relief of menstrual cycle symptoms during continuous use of the contraceptive is a significant improvement in the quality of life," said Archer.

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