Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kids

Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kidsThough the condition varies between people, symptoms commonly include repetitive behaviour, difficulties adapting to change, and trouble in social situations. Exactly what causes autism and how it develops is still up for debate, but it is widely recognised that there is likely to be interplay between environmental and genetic factors. Much headway has been made […]

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage risk

Higher blood pressure prior to conception may increase the risk of miscarriage, even in women not diagnosed with hypertension. The study involved women who had already experienced at least one pregnancy loss and were trying to conceive again. If confirmed, the findings imply that lowering heart disease risk factors in young adulthood may also improve reproductive health

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage riskWomen with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension, an American study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,228 women with at least one previous pregnancy loss who were trying to conceive. Out of the 797 participants who became pregnant during […]

Losing weight post-pregnancy, can help prevent obesity risk

Losing weight about six months after giving birth lowers a woman’s risk of being overweight in the future

Losing weight post-pregnancy, can help prevent obesity riskThe best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather than diet alone. That’s because exercise boosts heart health and helps preserve muscle when you’re limiting calorie intake. It also takes more calories to maintain muscle than to maintain fat, which means you’ll burn more even at rest. […]

Pregnant women with obesity, diabetes may have kids with psychiatric disorders

Pregnant women who have both severe obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have children with autism, ADHD and other psychiatric disorders than mothers who don’t have either condition during pregnancy, a new study suggests

Pregnant women with obesity, diabetes may have kids with psychiatric disordersEven without diabetes, severely obese mothers were 67% more likely to have children with mood and stress disorders than women who maintained a healthy weight during pregnancy, the study found. With pre-existing diabetes, obese mothers were more than six times as likely as other women to have children with ADHD, conduct issues or autism. These […]

Pregnancy no barrier, Sania Mirza plays tennis with baby bump

One would think pregnancy might keep tennis player Sania Mirza off the court, but that’s clearly not happening. In a video shared on Instagram by her sister, Anam Mirza, the siblings are seen engaging in a friendly match

Pregnancy no barrier, Sania Mirza plays tennis with baby bump“Getting mom-to-be to hit a few balls,” Anam has captioned her video on Instagram. It shows the sisters enjoying a round of tennis as their father Imran Mirza stands next to the court. As the two sisters are seen giggling and playing their father Imran Mirza too was there next to the court and advising […]

Exposure to second-hand smoke tied to stillbirths in developing countries

In developing countries it is uncommon for women to smoke while pregnant - but their exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy is a lot higher, according to a recent study by the Demographic and Health Survey which was carried out in 30 developing countries and published in Tobacco Control

Exposure to second-hand smoke tied to stillbirths in developing countriesPregnancy is a vulnerable time for a woman’s health and tobacco smoke harms mothers and their unborn children. Exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth, congenital malformations and low birth-weight. Governments have introduced smoke-free’ laws in response to these dangers, such as smoking bans in public places. In many western countries, […]

Consuming sugary products during pregnancy linked to child’s allergies, says study

The children of women with highest sugar intake during pregnancy had a 38% higher risk of allergy diagnosis, the researchers calculated. Kids of the moms in this group had a 73% increased risk of being diagnosed with an allergy to two or more allergens. And the allergic asthma risk increased by 101% for children of moms in the high-sugar consumption group

Consuming sugary products during pregnancy linked to child’s allergies, says studyWomen who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children’s risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal. The researchers looked at allergies that produce respiratory and skin symptoms, including dust mites, cats and grass. “Allergic asthma” causes […]

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancy

The new findings suggest that diet is at least as important as genetic predisposition to neurodevelopmental disorders such as anxiety or depression

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancyA high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

Here is why vomiting blood is a medical emergency

It is recommended that treatment is sought immediately to determine and treat the underlying cause

Here is why vomiting blood is a medical emergencyVomiting blood, also referred to as hematemesis, is caused by a variety of medical conditions. These conditions can range from a simple nosebleed to a serious bleed in the gut. Hematemesis does not refer to the presence of streaks of blood in the vomit. Instead, it refers to more significant amounts of blood that have […]
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