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How New Moms Beat Motherhood Stress

August 14, 2014
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Researchers in Australia looked at the “psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and stress” of new mothers. Their first finding was not a surprise: “mothers had significantly poorer psychological well-being than the general Australian population.” The good news is that “with the exception of anxiety, psychological well-being of mothers who reported exercising three to four times...
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Maternal Tylenol Detrimental to Kids

July 29, 2014
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In 2005, over 28 billion doses of Tylenol were taken in the U.S. alone. Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen and paracetamol) has a number of known potential side effects including nausea, vomiting and liver damage. A study from Norway examined children born to mothers taking Tylenol/Paracetamol during pregnancy. At three years of age, “children...
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10 Minute Swims Improve Women’s Hearts

July 24, 2014
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According to a recent study, 10 minutes of high-intensity swimming (swimming as fast as you can) three-times a week lowers blood pressure, reduces resting heart rate and reduces fat for women with mild high blood pressure. After a 15-week trial, researchers found “high-intensity intermittent swimming is an effective training strategy to improve cardiovascular health...
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Papilloma Vaccine Danger

July 17, 2014
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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 150 related viruses that can cause warts, or papillomas. Some types of HPV (known as “high-risk”) are also associated with certain types of cancer. High-risk HPVs are a major cause of cervical cancer. Of the more than 150 types of HPVs, 40 can be passed...
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Drug Dangers during Pregnancy

July 15, 2014
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There is no such thing as a totally safe drug, especially when you are pregnant. A new study “analyzed 97,680 pregnancies. Prevalence of medication use was 74% pre-pregnancy, 56% during pregnancy, and 80% post-pregnancy. Most frequently used medications during pregnancy were antibiotics (47%), antiemetic (nausea) drugs (23%), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin,...
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Safer Pregnancy with Vitamin D

June 26, 2014
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Vitamin D has been shown to be very important for many physiological processes in our bodies. So much so that the findings of the latest study regarding pregnancy come as no surprise: “Normal plasma levels of Vitamin D3 are needed for physiological development of pregnancy, normal skeletal mineralization of the fetal skeleton and lactation....
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Hospital Formulas Reduce Breast Feeding

June 10, 2014
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There is little argument that breast feeding is best for both mother and infant. Breast feeding reduces the potential for infections, diarrhea and obesity in babies. It also provides significant health benefits to moms including the reduction of postpartum bleeding and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive...
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Vitamin C for Chemotherapy Side Effects

May 29, 2014
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A case study looked at how vitamin C could increase the quality of life and reduce the fatigue for a patient undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Researchers found that when taking vitamin C on a regular basis, “dramatic decreases in fatigue and insomnia were observed, as well as increased cognitive functioning.” Vitamin C has...
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NSAIDs Adverse Events

May 27, 2014
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Many people take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) assuming they can take as many as they want without much fear of negative side effects. Aspirin, Motrin and Advil are all different types of NSAIDs that are taken without much concern for potential harm. Studies have shown that there are “gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal (kidney) complications...
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Vitamin D for Dysmenorrhea

April 29, 2014
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Dysmenorrhea (also known as menstrual cramps) can be very severe for some women. Some studies have begun to draw an association between a lack of vitamin D and dysmenorrhea. A recent study of young women looked at this association and found “a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and secondary hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands...
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