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Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age

Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age

Sperm

The father’s age may influence the risk of miscarriage, based on a large study of women in Jerusalem who were pregnant between 1964 and 1976.  They looked at the 1,500 women who suffered a miscarriage, and compared them to the 12,000 who did not have one. 

They took into account the mother’s age, which was already a well known risk factor for miscarriage.  The research showed that men also have a biological clock.  Even in their 30’s, men had a higher risk of miscarriage.  The rate of miscarriage was three times higher in fathers between the ages of 35 and 39, as compared to men younger than 25.  Complete article


Premature Babies Benefit From Nitric Oxide In First Hours of Birth - Some Babies With Low Birth Weight Have Improved Lung and Brain Function

Premature Babies Benefit From Nitric Oxide In First Hours of Birth - Some Babies With Low Birth Weight Have Improved Lung and Brain Function

Baby

New research shows that when nitric oxide is given to some premature babies within the first 48 hour of life the risk for brain and lung damage is lowered.  This is the first time a large study has shown a therapy can lower these risks, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The NIH Director, Elias A Zerhouni MD said “Medical science has dramatically improved our ability to help very small and premature babies survive. But as the rate of premature births continues to rise, it is even more critical that we develop ways to prevent many of the complications related to prematurity so that these children can lead healthy, robust lives."  Complete Article


Fertility Treatments Not As Effective As Natural Method - Infertility Experts Recommend Infertile Couples to Keep Trying

Fertility Treatments Not As Effective As Natural Method - Infertility Experts Recommend Infertile Couples to Keep Trying

Health

Amazingly, it appears some women that undergo fertility treatments are less likely to get pregnant than those that don’t.  These treatments can be very expensive and produce multiple births, so researchers in the Netherland hope to identify women with unexplained infertility.

About 10 percent of couples have trouble conceiving after one year of trying. Of these, one third do not have any obvious problems. 

The most common treatment is intrauterine insemination (IUI).  This involves collecting sperm and medically inserting it into the uterus.  Fertility drugs are then prescribed which stimulate egg production.  Complete Article


Study Recommends Screening Babies for Heart Rhythm Defect - Long QT Syndrome Could Be Cause Of Sudden Infant Death 

Study Recommends Screening Babies for Heart Rhythm Defect - Long QT Syndrome Could Be Cause Of Sudden Infant Death

Screening Saves Lives

Italian heart specialists are “urgently” recommending that all children around three to four years of age be screened to pick up a life-threatening genetic condition called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). The researchers did a cost analysis and have found that a significant number of sudden deaths could be prevented for less than €12,000 per year-of-life saved.

Long QT syndrome is an electrical rhythm disorder of the heart.  There are rarely symptoms and it is a leading cause of sudden death in children and young adults.  They say that when it occurs in infants their deaths are usually mislabeled as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Complete Article


Pregnant Women Who Smoke Linked To Behavioral Problems in Toddlers - Maternal Smoking Mothers More Trouble with Terrible-Two Kids

Pregnant Women Who Smoke Linked To Behavioral Problems in Toddlers - Maternal Smoking Mothers More Trouble with Terrible-Two Kids

Toddler

It has been known for a long time that cigarette smoking is dangerous but now there is some evidence the smoking during pregnancy is linked to behavior problems in toddlers.  Researcher from UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) College of Medicine's Institute for Juvenile Research found that 2-year-olds regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in utero were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavior problems compared to toddlers who were not exposed.

After evaluating 93 children between their first and second birthdays, UIC researchers found that the 44 children exposed to cigarette smoke before birth were more prone to behavioral problems.  These women reported smoking a pack or more a day.  Complete Story


Babies Fed Breast Milk Smarter Than Premature Formula Counterparts - Less Bed Wetting and Brain Development Improvements

Babies Fed Breast Milk Smarter Than Premature Formula Counterparts - Less Bed Wetting and Brain Development Improvements

Baby

New research published in the July issue of Pediatrics finds that premature children fed breast milk in the hospital did better on tests of mental development later in life than did others fed only formula. The premature babies all weighed less than 2 pounds, 3 ounces.

The study involved 1,035 premature babies, some of which were born 3 months premature.  Of these babies, one quarter were fed only formula.  The researchers took into account many factors, including the parent’s income and education.  They found that on the average, the babies given breast milk scored higher on tests of mental development when they were 18 months old than the babies fed formula only. 


High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy

Health

A study funded by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Food and Drug Administration found that if a mother takes angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors during the first trimester of pregnancy there was an increased risk of major congenital malformations when compared to mothers that did not take these medications.  The study was first published in the June 8th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

ACE inhibitors are used to either lower blood pressure or protect the kidney in diabetics.  The FDA has a “black box” warning that says that it can cause injury and even death to a developing fetus when used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.  The ACE inhibitor should be discontinued as soon as possible when a woman becomes aware that she is pregnant.  High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy


Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections

Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections

Health

Researchers believe that repeat c-sections may increase the risk of bowel injury and other complications, according to a report in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The higher risks include accreta, cystotomy, bowel injury, ureteral injury; ileus, postoperative ventilatory use, ICU admission, and blood transfusion of at least 4 units were directly related to the number of cesarean deliveries.

Reuter’s health reported that the rate of placenta accreta ranged from 0.24% in first-time c-section patients to 6.74% in women with six or more c-sections. In women with previa, the rates were much higher, ranging from 3% in first-time c-section patients to 67% in women with at least five c-sections.  Also, the hysterectomy rate was lowest in second-time c-section patients and highest in those with at least six c-sections, ranging from 0.42% to 8.99%.  Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections


Baby First TV – new channel premieres just for Babies

Baby First TV – new channel premieres just for Babies

Baby First TV channel

On May 11th, Baby First TV launched their 24 hour a day commercial free station just for babies.  Baby First TV will have educational entertaining programming that will be directed at the level of a young child.  While new born babies may not be intent on watching TV yet (I just don’t think they would be that interested) youngsters ages 1 – 3 would like the programming.

The programming includes “Baby Songs” which is a favorite for little ones.  The songs are unique and catchy tunes that relate to what children are dealing with in the real world.  While we look for action packed thrills as adults, younger children are very literal with what they watch on TV.  We used to calm the kids down before bed time with “Baby Songs” videos.  It sure beats driving around in the car until they fall asleep.  Baby First TV – new channel premieres just for Babies


Health Answers Online Website - Ask Doctor Questions On the Internet

Health Answers Online Website - Ask Doctor Questions On the Internet

Dr. Vicky

Find Out More about Your Most Important Health Concerns. Web Success team is proud to announce the April launch of Healthy Answers Online. It is a direct response informational site that encourages visitors to join the renown Chiropractor, Dr. Vicky Arcadi, and her online membership community. Visitors also have the ability to communicate their most important health questions in the section: “ASK DR VICKY.”

This makes the site even more relevant to the visitors/members as it is interactive, communicative and responsive. Dr. Vicky Arcadi, specializes in the field of Pregnancy, Newborn and Pediatrics, and has developed Healthy Answers Online to address women’s most important health concerns.   Health Answers Online Website - Ask Doctor Questions On the Internet 


Male Birth Control Pills Reversible After Few Months - Men's Contraceptive Study Concerning Hormone Treatment to Prevent Sperm Production

Male Birth Control Pills Reversible After Few Months - Men's Contraceptive Study Concerning Hormone Treatment to Prevent Sperm Production

Sperm

Male contraceptive pills have been available for some time now and there is now evidence that sperm recovery can be obtained within three or four months.  Research published in this weeks journal The Lancet, highlight the fact that male hormone treatment for contraception can be reversed in just a few months. 

This is especially good news for men who are sexually active and do not want children.  Other male contraceptive methods are either not sufficiently reliable or not easily reversible.  In a similar way to ovulation suppression by hormone treatment in women, sperm production can be fully inhibited by androgen or androgen-progestagen treatment combinations in men. With such hormone treatment, azoospermia (i.e. no sperm in ejaculate) or severe oligozoospermia (or less than 3 million sperm per milliliter of semen), which is sufficient for contraception. Male Birth Control Pills Reversible After Few Months - Men's Contraceptive Study Concerning Hormone Treatment to Prevent Sperm Production


Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants

Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants

Vitamins

Large doses of vitamins C and E won’t prevent preeclampsia, according to research in the April 27th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Preeclampsia is a relatively common but potentially dangerous pregnancy complication, which affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. 

Preeclampsia occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine.  Symptoms include swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision, but according to the Preeclampsia Foundation, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

The study included 1,877 Australian women pregnant for the first time.  The researchers excluded women who were pregnant with multiple fetuses and women with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease and high blood pressure. They found that the addition of these vitamins did not prevent preeclampsia or even lower the risk of complications for the infant.  Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants  


Ortho-McNeil Knew Ortho-Evra Patch Was Lethal

Ortho-McNeil Knew Ortho-Evra Patch Was Lethal

Patch

Documents have surfaced in litigation that show Ortho-McNeil has been analyzing the FDA's death and injury reports on women using the Ortho Evra birth-control patch, and has charts that show a higher rate of blood clots and deaths in women on the patch when compared to women who take birth-control pills.

In addition, according to a November 11, 2005, article by the Associated Press, an internal company memo shows that in 2003, the company refused to fund a study comparing the Ortho patch to the company's Ortho-Cyclen pill because there was "too high a chance that study may not produce a positive result for Evra" and a "risk that Ortho Evra may be the same or worse than Ortho-Cyclen."  Ortho-McNeil Knew Ortho-Evra Patch Was Lethal


Pregnancy – Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies

Pregnancy – Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies

Pregnancy

Healthy babies and mothers are improved with routine medical visits and being educated about any potential health dangers.

A report was published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Recommendations and Reports.  This report recommends specific goals to help improve the health of the mother and the baby.

Steps that are recommended for example are to educate women of the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.  Women should take folic acid to reduce serious birth defects such as spina bifida. 

Visits to the doctor before a women becomes pregnant can help determine if the woman has any chronic diseases.  If they diagnose diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure early on it can help to insure a healthy pregnancy. 

Planning your pregnancy can be extremely important if you are taking certain medications.  One acne prescription can cause birth defects and is monitored for women that could get pregnant on a monthly basis.  You may have to discontinue or change certain medications before you get pregnant.  Pregnancy – Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies


Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – Scientology ‘Silent Birth’ Does the Baby wear Ear Plugs?

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – Scientology ‘Silent Birth’ Does the Baby wear Ear Plugs?

Breastfeeding Recommended by US Department of Health

Currently there is a lot of talk about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes beliefs in Scientology and having their baby delivered by ‘silent birth’.  Somehow it sounds ridiculous to be silent during the birthing process.  Why not knock out Katie and do a C-section delivery that could be very quite.  That would be silent as ever, but I guess that contradicts with other beliefs of Scientology.

The reality of the birthing process is that the baby is still inside how much can a baby hear?  During the process of delivery of the baby being pushed out the baby is likely to be in shock as it is and I don’t think delivery would be any more traumatic with a little noise.

Who says that you have to yell during your delivery, but if it hurts that much the lady delivering has to do whatever she needs to get through it.  The silliness of this is that you need ‘Scientology’ to have a commonsense approach to a stressful situation.  Delivering a baby is a stressful and potentially painful arrangement for the mother to be.  It makes common sense to stay cool through the whole ordeal; however, to ask for extreme quietness is likely to add stress for the mother delivering the baby.  Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – Scientology ‘Silent Birth’ Does the Baby wear Ear Plugs?


Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsils

It appears that there may be a link between sleep apnea and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but further research is needed to determine a causal relationship. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that about half of the children with ADHD who underwent a tonsillectomy no longer met the criteria for ADHD one year later.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat relaxes during sleep causing the sleeper to stop breathing.  The vast majority of people with this condition don’t realize they have it because it occurs when they are sleeping. OSA has been linked to hypertension, stroke and heart attack in adults.

According to the researchers, “On the whole, the 78 children who had their tonsils out were much more likely than a comparison group of 27 children to have had behavior and sleep problems at the start of the study. But by the end of the study, tests showed little difference between the two groups.”  Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery

Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery

Newborn

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a panel to make available information comparing the risks and benefits of Caesarean delivery on maternal request (CDMR) versus planned vaginal birth, and did not provide the basis for a recommendation in either direction.  The panel said that any woman requesting CDMR should receive individualized counseling regarding the potential risks.

The panel did not include emergency Caesarean delivery and Caesarean performed following attempted vaginal delivery in their recommendation.  Their recommendations were concerning the elective Caesarean delivery, not emergency caesarean deliveries. 

There are some benefits to CDMR including a reduced risk of hemorrhaging for the mother, and a reduced risk of certain birth injuries for the baby.  There are potential risks of CDMR though, including an increased risk of respiratory problems for the baby and a longer maternal hospital stay.  Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery


Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

White Teeth

A new study indicates that there is a connection between fluoride intake and fluorosis of the permanent incisors.  Fluorosis is characterized by white streaks or splotches on the teeth.  Kids in the study, who are currently 10 to 13 years of age, were followed since birth.  The Iowa Fluoride Study recorded food and beverage intakes multiple times throughout those years.

The well water and purchased beverages were analyzed for fluoride concentrations. When the kids were between 7.7 and 12 years of age, they had dental examinations, where researchers looked for evidence of fluorosis. 

The researchers compared amounts of fluoride consumed and children with and without fluorosis in their permanent incisors.  They found that 35% of the children had some evidence of dental fluorosis, most of which was mild.  Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK


Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children

Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children

Mother Child Link

Reducing a mother’s depression within the first three months of treatment lessens the chance of her children having psychiatric disorders, according to a new study.  Mothers may have more to do with their children’s depression than we previously thought.  The child’s disorders may include mood or disruptive behavior disorders, within that same time period.

According to new research presented at the JAMA media briefing on women's health in New York, parental depression is among the most consistent risk factors for childhood anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders.  There is a 2 to 3 fold increased risk in offspring of depressed parents compared with control subjects. 

This appears to be the first documented study that shows a relation between remission of a mother's depression and her child's clinical state. These findings are intriguing because they suggest that an environmental influence (i.e., the impact of maternal depression remission) had a measurable impact on the child's psychopathology.  Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children


Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy

Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy

Mifegyne

Questions are being raised about the safety of the abortion drug RU486 (mifepristone), after two deaths were reported.  It is not clear what caused these latest deaths, but four of the five earlier deaths were the result of a rare bacterial infection called Clostridium sordellii, which can cause septic shock.  This brings the total reported deaths associated with the RU-486 to seven, out 560,000 successful abortions. 

In the four previous deaths, the second drug in the two-pill regimen was administered vaginally rather than orally.  A spokeswoman for the FDA said “All four cases were women who had received this treatment vaginally, who then all quickly reported back to their physician with very serious, rapidly spreading infection which led to sepsis and death, unfortunately."   According to Julie Rovner of NPR, the spokespeople for the FDA are not being identified by name because of personal-safety reasons due to previous threats to FDA staff.

Last fall the FDA reminded doctors that the pill was to be administered orally.  According to the FDA the second drug, misoprostol, was not formally approved for vaginal use. Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy


Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma

Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma

Asthma Patient X-ray

Researchers warn that antibiotic use may double the risk of childhood asthma.  According to a study by the University of British Columbia, “children under age 1 who are treated with an antibiotic are twice as likely to develop asthma in childhood.”

Current guidelines recommend antibiotics for children under the age of 2 who contract ear infections.  The study’s coauthor, Fawziah Marra, M.D, said “In children, antibiotics are commonly used to treat ear infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and bronchitis, but not every childhood infection requires an antibiotic.”  Since most upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis are viral, antibiotics are ineffective.

Previous studies involving several hundred to several thousand youngsters have suggested a link between antibiotic use and asthma.  These earlier studies have been criticized for being too small, for relying on imprecise records on past antibiotic use.  This new analysis combines studies to create a larger pool for extrapolating the data.  Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma


Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplement

There may be a link between calcium deficiencies and two serious complications during pregnancy, preeclampsia and eclampsia, Preclampsia is the development of high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy.  Eclampsia is a life threatening condition that can kill both the mother and child.

Researchers under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), investigated whether a calcium supplement could reduce the complications and the mortality from these conditions.  They looked at 8,300 women with low dietary calcium and gave half 1.5 gram calcium supplements, while giving the other half a placebo. Before the study all of the women had a daily intake of 600 milligrams or less.  This was about half the recommended intake for pregnant women.   

Although the calcium supplements did not reduce the incidence of preeclampsia, it did lower their "severe preeclamptic complications index" and "severe maternal morbidity and mortality index."  They were less likely to die from the illness.  Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  


SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Baby should sleep on their back

Researchers believe that they have found strong evidence that there is a disturbance of specific neurochemical activity in the brains of infants that cause sudden infant death syndrome.  The researchers from the University of Chicago and colleagues first reported their findings in the March 8th issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) will be the cause of death for approximately 3,000 babies in the United States.  SIDS is the primary cause of death for babies under the age of one.  SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 

 


Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections

Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections

Middle Ear

Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline have developed a vaccine that may help prevent ear infections in children under the age of 2.  It is hoped the vaccine will successfully prevent one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood ear infections, the Acute otitis media (middle ear infection) caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.

The drug was tested by researchers in the Czech Republic.  A vaccine containing 11 different strains of pneumoniae attached to a protein derived from H. influenzae was tested on more than 4,000 infants.  They set up control groups between the ages of 3 and 15 months. 

After all of the kids turned two, the researchers compared the two groups.  There were 333 otitis media ear infections in the vaccinated group.  There were 499 unvaccinated kids that got the ear infections.  According to the article originally published in British medical journal Lancet; results reveal the vaccine not only protects against pneumoccal otitis media, but also against the infection when it is caused by H. influenzae.  Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections


Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches

Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches

Mircette Contraceptives

An article in the journal Neurology indicates that there may be a link between birth control pills and headaches. Women on birth control pills are 40 percent more likely to suffer from migraines, and 20 percent more likely to suffer from non-migraine headaches.   

According to a recent report on ABC News, birth control pills can boost estrogen levels up to four times their normal levels. The estrogen levels drop fast near menstruation. 

The report said that physicians could prescribe women an estrogen patch to be used two or three days before their period so that levels don’t drop so steeply.  This may help explain why women are more susceptible to migraines than men, although the researchers could not find a link between the amount of hormones contained in the pills and headache risk.  Some Birth Control Pills Less Likely to Cause Headaches – Study Links Oral Contraceptives to Migraine and non-Migraine Headaches


Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes

Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes

Periodontal Disease

New research reinforces the belief that there is a connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, as well as premature births.  Now it appears that one way to reduce the risk of heart disease may be to manage other risk factors for the disease as well, including dental hygiene.  Dr. Moise Desyarieux, MD said "It appears a relationship exists, but we don't know exactly what it is and if it is a causal relationship.  Therefore, we can't make recommendations for people with periodontal disease in respect to cardiovascular disease." 

Dr. Desvarieux is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  His team coordinated the (INVEST) study to investigate the oral health-cardiovascular disease relationship.

The main risk factors for cardiovascular disease should also be addressed.  Dr. Desvarieux said "To reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, patients must manage all their risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, and weight."  Premature Birth and Gum Disease Link - Periodontal Ailments Linked to Heart Illness, Early Births and Type 2 Diabetes  


Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq

Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq

Re-hydration of sufferer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this month the licensing of a new vaccine against the Rotavirus.  This disease is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said the Merck and Company oral vaccine ROTATEQ should be added to the schedule of vaccines given to U.S. infants.  The newer vaccine does not cause the same problems as an earlier vaccine withdrawn from the market in 1999.

The vaccine will be administered at 2 months, 4 months and again at 6 months of age. Approval is needed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), which usually follows the panel's recommendations.  Rotavirus Vaccine to be Added to Childhood Vaccination Immunization Schedule - CDC Recommend and FDA Approved RotaTeq


Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy

Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are three times more likely to have a miscarriage in the first three weeks of pregnancy if they are showing signs of stress.

A research group led by Pablo Nepomnaschy from the University of Michigan measured stress levels in 61 women from a small Guatemalan community.  They took urine samples three times a week and measured cortisol levels.  Cortisol is hormone that is made when under stress.  Pregnant women affected by High levels of Stress more likely to Miscarriage during early Pregnancy

 


Dermatology Association wants Delay of iPLEADE Accutane FDA Program - Acne Drug linked to Birth Defects

Dermatology Association wants Delay of iPLEADE Accutane FDA Program - Acne Drug linked to Birth Defects

Acne

The government approved a system for preventing pregnant women from taking Accutane.  The drug has been linked to miscarriages and severe birth defects.  The American Academy of Dermatology, the largest dermatological association, has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay the March 1st implementation date by two months.

The Academy urged the FDA to “postpone” the new iPLEDGE system because dermatologists across the country are reporting numerous flaws in the program “that are interfering with patient care and could affect patient safety.” 

Accutane, and the generic Isotretinoin, has been approved to treat severe disfiguring acne with great results.  According to the New York Times, the condition afflicts only about 6,000 patients, nearly all of them male.  But the drug is prescribed to more than 170,000 patients, of which about half are women.  Dermatology Association wants Delay of iPLEADE Accutane FDA Program - Acne Drug linked to Birth Defects


Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid

Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid

Mercury Ore

Two environmental groups say that mercury levels in human subjects were higher than what is deemed safe.  The Sierra Club and Greenpeace tested hair samples from 6,600 people in all 50 states and found that New Yorkers had the highest contamination of mercury.  California, Colorado and Oregon were not far behind. 

According to a Sierra Club press release, one in five women tested nationwide has mercury levels higher than the EPA safe limit. This is important for women of childbearing age and their small children.  According to the Sierra Club exposure to mercury in the womb can cause “neurological damage and other health problems.” 

The EPA recommends mercury levels not to exceed one microgram per gram of hair.  The usual way mercury gets into the body is via food.  It has little to do with your home or work location.  The groups claim that coal burning power plants are the biggest single source of the mercury.  These power plants produce 42% of the country’s industrial mercury pollution.  Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid


Fertility Treatments for Older Couples – Infertility increases with Age

Fertility Treatments for Older Couples – Infertility increases with Age

Sperm

There are several options in seeking treatment for infertility.  If couples are unable to conceive after one year of trying, experts say you should consider seeking treatment.  You may want to receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine the best course of action.  This can be done by an infertility specialist.  

There are several infertility treatments including Assisted Hatching, micromanipulation, Microsurgical Tubal Repair, ICSI Offers New Hope for Couples With Male Factor, IVF with ICSI - A Treatment For Men With No Sperm in Ejaculate, and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). 

Women today are waiting to get pregnant more frequently than before.  This is the reason for most of the infertility today, according to Dr. Sherman Silber, author of How to Get Pregnant.  Fertility Treatments for Older Couples – Infertility increases with Age


Depression Drugs given to Pregnant Mothers May Affect Newborn Babies – Infants Withdraw From SSRIs

Depression Drugs given to Pregnant Mothers May Affect Newborn Babies – Infants Withdraw From SSRIs

SSRIs

Concerns for women taking Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) while pregnant were addressed in a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.  This is one of the archive journals of the American Medical Association. 

According to the researchers, infants born to mothers that took SSRIs show signs of withdraw shortly after birth.  The journal states that “Almost one-third of 60 newborn infants whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy experienced neonatal abstinence syndrome, a type of withdrawal with symptoms that include high-pitched crying, tremors and disturbed sleep.”  The authors say that infants born to mothers taking SSRIs while pregnant, should be monitored closely after birth for a minimum of 48 hours.  Depression Drugs given to Pregnant Mothers May Affect Newborn Babies – Infants Withdraw From SSRIs


FDA Approves Vaccine for Rotavirus - Dangerous Stomach Flu

FDA Approves Vaccine for Rotavirus - Dangerous Stomach Flu

Researcher - Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that they have approved the licensing of a new vaccine for the rotavirus infection.  The rotavirus is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year.

The ROTATEQ vaccine, developed by Merck & Co, Inc, will be used to protect infants against the highly contagious rotavirus infection.  According to the Wistar Institute, this virus is the most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. 

Early research for this vaccine began in 1980 by scientists from The Wistar Institute and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  In 1991 Merck took on the task of developing the vaccine for the clinic.  FDA Approves Vaccine for Rotavirus - Dangerous Stomach Flu


Obesity link - Babies more chance for Complications during and after Pregnancy in Obese Moms

Obesity link - Babies more chance for Complications during and after Pregnancy in Obese Moms

Baby

A recent paper published on Feb 3rd, in the Inter Science online journal found that there is an increased risk for obese mothers to have complications during pregnancy.  They also have higher risks for babies being born with medical problems.

Obese women not only are faced with difficult pregnancies, they are also at an increased risk for infertility.  During pregnancy the obese woman has a higher chance of having hypertension, gestational diabetes and thromboembolic events.   Thromboembolic events are symptoms caused by blood clots which reduce or block blood flow to important tissues. These obese women are also more likely to need a cesarean section delivery.  Obesity link - Babies more chance for Complications during and after Pregnancy in Obese Moms


Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic

Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic

Kaufman's Book

A new study says that overweight children are twice as likely to develop diabetes as normal weight children.  Although few children in the study had diabetes, their risk factors were “very high”. 

The study included 1,740 eighth-graders from 12 U.S. schools.  They found that half of the children were either overweight or on the verge of becoming overweight.  Being overweight is one of the primary risk factors for type-2 diabetes. 

Of these children, 41 percent had elevated blood sugar levels and 36 percent had high levels of insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that helps process blood sugar.  High insulin and blood sugar levels signal that the body is becoming resistant to insulin.  This is a precursor to type-2 diabetes.  These tests were taken after fasting.  Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic


Proteomic Profile may Help Determine Premature Births - Amniotic Fluid used to Detect Infections

Proteomic Profile may Help Determine Premature Births - Amniotic Fluid used to Detect Infections

New Tests

It may be possible to accurately predict if a birth will be preterm and also detect the presence of an infection in the womb.  The diagnosis could save the life of the baby because these conditions can lead to death, brain damage, lung or bowel injury. 

Researchers announced this cutting edge research at the 26th Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) meeting.  The studies authors were also recognized by an award from the March of Dimes. 

The test involves profiling proteins in amniotic fluid for markers of inflammation.  This is called a “proteomic profile”.  The goal was to not only yield results twice as fast as other tests, but to make the results much more accurate. Proteomic Profile may Help Determine Premature Births - Amniotic Fluid used to Detect Infections

New Fertility Test Counts Number of Eggs in Ovaries - Plan Ahead Test Triple Hormone Test

New Fertility Test Counts Number of Eggs in Ovaries - Plan Ahead Test Triple Hormone Test

Plan Ahead Tests

A new test is being made available to help determine how late in life a woman can conceive.  The test works by measuring the number of eggs in a woman's ovaries.  The British firm Lifestyle Choices has launched the world’s first publicly available triple-hormone fertility ovarian reserve test kit.  The test is called Plan Ahead. 

Many professional women worry that if they excel in their career now, they will not be able to have children later on.  Some women may give up the career in order to start a family earlier.  Wouldn’t be nice to know if you can wait to have children? 

Developed at the University Of Sheffield, England, the test works by taking a blood sample during a women’s menstrual cycle. The test will measure two ovarian hormones, Inhibin B and AMH, and a third pituitary hormone FSH. According to the company the test is accurate for up to two years ahead.  New Fertility Test Counts Number of Eggs in Ovaries - Plan Ahead Test Triple Hormone Test


Pregnant Women should Keep Taking Antidepressants to Avoid Relapse of Depression

Pregnant Women should Keep Taking Antidepressants to Avoid Relapse of Depression - Pregnancy Hormones Don't Protect  - Study

Yoga during Pregnant

Women who stop taking antidepressants during pregnancy are five times more likely to have relapse of depression than women who continue the medication throughout their pregnancy.  According to Lee Cohen, MD, director of the Perinatal and Reproductive Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), who led the investigation “Clinical lore has held for decades that pregnancy protected women from mood disorders.”

The findings from the first systematic clinical study of depression relapse runs counter to the long held belief that hormonal changes can prevent psychiatric problems.  Dr. Cohen said "What drove this study was a divergence between that belief and what many of us were seeing clinically, that many women who stopped using antidepressants during pregnancy appeared to be relapsing."

According to the MGH press release, many published studies have supported the safety of antidepressant drugs taken while pregnant.  There have been some reports of prenatal exposure to the popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  These exposures could cause transient agitation or distress in newborns, according to MGH.  Pregnant Women should Keep Taking Antidepressants to Avoid Relapse of Depression - Pregnancy Hormones Don't Protect  - Study


Smart Parents more likely to have Autistic Children – Genetic Link with Analytical Minds and Autism

Smart Parents more likely to have Autistic Children – Genetic Link with Analytical Minds

Einstein

In an article published in the Archives of Disease of Childhood, Professor Baron-Cohen claims that children born to analytical couples, such as scientists, may be more likely to have children with autism.  Cohen, a professor at the University of Cambridge, believes the same gene that makes people analytical may also impair social and communications skills. 

A weakness in communications and social skills is a key characteristic of autism, according to the paper.  It is believed that one in 100 children has a form of autism, and most of these are boys.  According to the researchers, the number of diagnoses seems to be on the increase.  Some believe this may be because of greater awareness though.

Dr. Cohen labels people such as scientists, mathematicians and engineers as “systemizers”.  They are skilled in analyzing systems, like vehicles, math equations, etc. to figure out how they work.  Smart Parents more likely to have Autistic Children – Genetic Link with Analytical Minds and Autism


Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems

Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems

Children - headaches and sleep

Many children that suffer from daily chronic headaches also suffer from sleep disturbances, especially a delay in sleep onset. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe there may be an association.  The findings will be presented at the 24th Annual Conference on Sleep Disorders in Infancy and Childhood in Rancho Mirage, California.

Kenneth Mack, MD, PhD, pediatric neurologist specializing in headache and the senior study investigator said "What's novel in our study is the finding that a high percentage of patients with headache have sleep disturbance."  One-fifth of the children with episodic headaches also had sleep problems. The children “also have the same sleep disturbances: a delay in sleep onset."  Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems

 

 
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