Archive for July, 2004

Low hormone in obese women linked to cutoff in breast-feeding

Lee Bowman in Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

Overweight and obese women tend to have a weaker biological response to their babies suckling, which might be the chief reason that such mothers are more likely to stop breast-feeding earlier than normal-weight moms, according to a nutrition expert.

Kathleen Rasmussen, a professor of nutrition sciences at Cornell University who has been studying breast-feeding patterns among overweight women for more than a decade, said overweight and obese women produce less prolactin, a hormone made by the pituitary gland that stimulates the breast’s milk glands to produce milk soon after birth.

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Teen Pregnancies Not All Accidents

WGAL reports:

Though most adolescent pregnancies are accidental, a substantial number of girls want to get pregnant, according to a new study.

Susan L. Davies, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham led a team that questioned 455 low-income, African-American adolescent girls in Birmingham between 1996 and 1999. They found that nearly one-quarter — 23.6 percent — expressed some desire to become pregnant in the near future.

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Doctors take away baby from mother

I found this story to be quite disturbing. A woman had her newborn child taken away from her, because she couldn’t afford to pay the hospital for her caesarean.

Vinod Kumar Menon in Mid-Day reports:

A young mother allegedly had her baby taken away by doctors at a nursing home because she could not afford to pay for her caesarean.

On June 14, Reshma Rege (22), a resident of Khar, delivered a baby boy at the Shakuntal-Chitra Nursing Home in Khernagar, Bandra (E).

“On June 22, the doctor couple, who attended to me, made me sign some papers, and handed my son to some unknown couple,? said Reshma, who is separated from her husband.

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ABCs shouldn’t be all about computers

East Valley Tribune reports:

There’s no shortage of sites and software aimed at very young kids and even toddlers. Noggin.com has games and virtual coloring books for preschoolers. A Crayola licensee makes handheld video games, including one where kids race in a crayon-shaped car, for 3 and older. Kidz-Mouse makes computer mice for small hands.

But there’s growing debate over whether children should be exposed to technology so early. Some parents and scholars see no benefit, and a handful even warn of a hindrance to child development.

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Avoid conflicts in your health insurance plan

Colin Burch in the Sun Herald reports:

By taking the time to look at a few specific things at the start of a policy, consumers can save themselves future shocks, she said. There is help for those who have a dispute after their policy is finalized.

Exclusions will be spelled out explicitly in your policy, Wuzzardo said. That will give you the chance to arrange a rider - an addition to your policy - for special needs. Insurance companies will have different prices for riders.

Most companies give a minimum 10-day “free-look” period during which you can study your policy and make sure you’re getting everything you want.

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How not to be a health fad junkie

Anne Hart in Savannah Morning News reports:

Health experts say the more effective, more affordable approach to a healthier body is to focus on much larger lifestyle changes.

Make a commitment to exercise regularly, for example, rather than spend $234 on MBT fat-busting sneakers from Swiss Masai, which promise a better-looking butt and thighs.

Eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and veggies, take a multivitamin and quit eating after 8 p.m., rather than hit an overpriced low-carb store or down any of the multitude of high-protein bars on the market today.

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Top 10 shocks for college grads

Pat Curry in Money Central reports:

This summer, thousands of students will leave the final playpen for the real world. From negotiating a lease to the heart attack of auto insurance rates, there’s a host of new experiences awaiting them, and some situations for which they’re totally unprepared.

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Skin cancer prevention program launched in Framingham

Claudia Torrens in Metro West Daily News reports:

“It is extremely important for parents to know about the change in ozone layers and the risk of being exposed to the sun,” said Trubiani, wearing one of the flowery hats she was distributing. “Many people think that to have a tan is healthy, but it is obviously created by a burn of the sun.”

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Camp looks at calcium, weight in adolescents

Morgan Leaming in The Exponent reports:

Researchers on campus are studying how increased calcium and dairy consumption affects weight maintenance and loss in adolescents through a summer program called Camp Calcium.

“This is a hot new topic,” said Berdine Martin, camp director and research associate in the department of foods and nutrition. “No one ever thought calcium affected weight loss.”

Weight loss, however, is not the goal of the camp.

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How to befriend your adolescent child

The Hindu reports:

ADOLESCENCE IS the most energetic part of an individual’s life. It is the time when one tends to be “fast” in all activities.

“This is the period when adults try to control their wards. Adolescents hate criticisms and the adults also fail to understand the problems they face,” says the Head, Department of Psychiatry of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, D. Pradeep.

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