Archive for July, 2004

Diet Versus Exercise

Mike Stefano in Firehouse.com reports:

A well balanced diet will fuel your workouts and supply your growing muscles with much needed nutrients, while at the same time requiring you to workout less. Exercise will burn excess calories, rev up your metabolism and allow you to eat more without gaining weight. It’s a win-win situation. For the best of both worlds, don’t choose between diet and exercise, take the comprehensive approach and allow the two to support one another.

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Mourning a miscarriage

Rebecca Mahoney in the Star Banner reports:

An average of one of every four women suffers a miscarriage, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The figures vary depending on a woman’s age. The rate is closer to 10 percent for women younger than 30 but climbs to more than 30 percent for women 35 and older.

Miscarriages are defined as the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. The loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks is considered a stillbirth. Most miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, the first trimester.

Despite their common occurrence, miscarriages are frequently regarded as a taboo topic.

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Rh Factor in Pregnancy

Robin Elise Weiss in About.com reports:

We don’t often give much thought to the blood work of early pregnancy. Many of us never hear another word about those droplets given in the early weeks. However, one of the tests performed with this blood is a blood type and factor screening.

In addition to the blood group (A, B, O, AB), the Rh factor is written as either positive (present) or negative (absent). Most people are Rh positive. This factor does not effect your health except during pregnancy.

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Building Relationships With Your Stepchildren

WKKJ reports:

Whether you are just beginning a blended family, or have been in one for awhile, you know that there are many difficult adjustments that both parents and children must go through. Often times stepparents have a hard time understanding their stepchildren and how to reach out to them. The may become frustrated when their expectations of a loving family aren’t met. In the book, You’re a Stepparent… Now What?, author Joseph Cerquone gives practical pointers for stepparents on attempting to build a positive relationship with their stepchildren

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Infertility Treatment May Worsen Gum Disease

Yahoo! News reports:

In women with fertility problems, certain drugs are often given to stimulate ovulation. Now, new research suggests that these drugs increase inflammation and bleeding of the gums.

These effects presumably occur because these agents increase body levels of estrogen, lead author Dr. Cenk M. Haytac, from Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey, said in a statement. The gums are a target for estrogen since they contain estrogen receptors.

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Group urges universal health coverage

Mark Sherman in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

Rapidly rising costs, soaring numbers of uninsured and an epidemic of poor care have caused a health care crisis that only sweeping reform will solve, an alliance of business, labor, religious and civic groups said Tuesday.

The National Coalition on Health Care said Congress should require that everyone have basic health insurance, with subsidies for those who can’t afford it. It also called for holding down premiums for the basic package, simplifying health care administration and reducing medical errors by tying payments to quality, among other things.

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Scientists raise health fears over sun cream

Swiss Info reports:

The research, which was carried out by two teams at the University of Zurich, found that some chemical UV filters were biodegradable and soluble in fats – and therefore could accumulate in the body.

“Due to their chemical structure, they are suspected of behaving like natural sexual hormones and in this way of having a negative influence on human and animal reproduction,? said the Swiss National Science Foundation in a statement on Tuesday.

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Health care’s paper trail is costly route

Julie Schmit in USA Today reports:

Technology has cut costs and increased productivity in industry after industry.

But health care, a $1.6 trillion beast that wallops business and consumer pocket books more and more, still largely runs on paper.

Visits to new doctors require patients to fill out forms for the same old information. Getting test results from one office to another can take days. That often leads to duplicate tests, excess costs and poor care.

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Whooping cough makes comeback

Lauran Neergaard in Springfield News-Leader reports:

Whooping cough, one of those ancient scourges that infant vaccination was meant to wipe out, is making a dangerous comeback: It turns out the vaccine that babies get starts wearing off by adolescence.

With outbreaks striking teenagers and adults, the government soon will decide if it’s time for booster shots against the cough so violent it can break a rib. Last week, manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline sought Food and Drug Administration permission to sell a booster; competitor Aventis Pasteur isn’t far behind.

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Choose day care based on the child

Peggy Small Porter in Sea Coast Online reports:

The best child-care program is one that promotes healthy physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. But with so many options available, the amount of information can be overwhelming. One way to simplify the decision is to consider the type of environment that is best suited to the child. Parents can ask themselves questions, such as…

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