Therapeutic hypothermia after nonshockable-rhythm cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia significantly raises the rate of survival with a good neurologic outcome among patients who are comatose after a cardiac arrest with a nonshockable initial rhythm, according to a report published online November 16 in Circulation. Many observational and retrospective cohort studies have examined the possible benefits of therapeutic hypothermia in this patient population,…

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The Melinda Gates interview: Healthcare in India is changing

For a woman not short on travel options, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the $42.3 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spends an inordinate amount of time on the roads less travelled. Her goal is to meet women and adolescents in underserved communities to help the Foundation identify effective strategies to lower global inequities in gender,…

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Impact of overpopulation on health in India

On Saturday, World Population Day, India recorded a population of 127,42,39,769 — which constitutes 17.25% of the global population. At this rate, India is expected to become the most populated country by 2050. Many people are already aware of the social and environmental problems caused due to overpopulation, but only a few are aware of its adverse…

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Breastfeeding enhances kids’ immune system

Washington: A new study has revealed that breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut of the kids, which builds their immune system. According to the study by National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen, the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the gut flora is beneficial to…

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Autism ‘begins long before birth’

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. (Photo : iApps) A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get…

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Premature babies ‘at higher risk for asthma’

The World Health Organization estimates that 15 million babies are born premature every year, which means they are born before 37 weeks. But new research suggests that risks are higher than previously thought for preterm babies to develop childhood asthma, compared with their full-term counterparts. Publishing their results in the journal PLoS Medicine, the researchers studied…

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Pregnant mother’s diet determines baby’s obesity risk

“You are what you eat,” may be a very popular adage, but now there is a high possibility that we may also start saying, “You are what your mother ate.” In a study conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and the University of Cologne, it was found that the children of obese…

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Pregnant mother’s fatty diet ‘may alter baby’s brain’

A high-fat diet during pregnancy has the potential to alter a baby’s developing brain and increase its chances of obesity later in life, animal studies suggest. The team at Yale School of Medicine, in the US, showed diet could change the structure of mice brains. They argue this could explain why the children of obese…

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OB-GYNs refine definition of how close makes for a full-term pregnancy

OB-GYNs in the United States have issued a revised, more specific definition of what they consider a “term” baby. Mom-to-be closing in on her due date? The nation’s obstetricians are getting more precise about exactly how close makes for a full-term pregnancy. On average, a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, counting from the first day of…

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U.S. Panel Urges Diabetes Screening for All Pregnant Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new recommendations that call for universal screening of expectant mothers for gestational diabetes once they are 24 weeks into their pregnancy. “The number of women who have gestational diabetes is rising, and gestational diabetes has effects not only on the mother, but also on the baby,” said…

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Risk of birth problems doubles after assisted conception

A new study has shown that the risk of serious complications such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal death is around twice as high for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies compared with naturally conceived babies. Researchers from the University’s Robinson Institute have compared the outcomes of more than 300,000 births in…

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Bacteria linked to premature birth

Premature birth can have long-term health effects for both mothers and children A major cause of premature birth – where waters break too soon, triggering labour – may be caused by specific bacteria, according to research. The research could lead to screening and possible treatment for women at risk of early labour, says a US…

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Fear of childbirth plays a key role in postpartum depression–study

Though it’s quite ambiguous what exactly causes postnatal depression, experts say that a history of depression can fuel the risk for the condition. Now a new study finds that apprehensions of childbirth may also trigger feelings of postnatal depression in some women. The study found fear of childbirth tripled the threat of postpartum depression in…

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Pregnant, Brain-Dead Fort Worth Woman Kept Alive

Marlise Munoz lies in a North Texas hospital, 19 weeks pregnant but with no chance of seeing her child born. Her husband, Erick Munoz, says a doctor told him she’s brain dead, but John Peter Smith Hospital is refusing to allow him to take her off of life support. The hospital says Texas law prohibits…

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US pregnancy rate slides to 12-year low, federal report finds

The pregnancy rate among U.S. women fell to its lowest point in 12 years in 2009, continuing its slide from a peak in 1990, according to U.S. government data released on Thursday. While rates for women aged 30 and younger fell between 1990 and 2009, with a notable decline among teenagers, they increased for those…

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Diabetic women should monitor glucose levels before pregnancy

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Women suffering from diabetes and wishing to start a family should monitor their blood glucose levels and take a daily high dose of folic acid before pregnancy to avoid risk to their baby’s health, a new study said Wednesday. The risk of stillbirth – when the foetus dies in the uterus or death during…

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Obesity may up risk of hearing loss in women

Obesity may increase the risk of hearing loss in women, while exercising may lower it. (Reuters) Obesity may increase the risk of hearing loss in women, while exercising may lower it, a new study has claimed. A higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are each associated with higher risk of hearing loss,…

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Too much Tylenol in pregnancy could affect child’s development, study finds

A new study is the first to look at young children whose mothers took Tylenol while pregnant. NEW YORK – Expectant mothers often take Tylenol, with the active ingredient acetaminophen, to deal with back pain, headaches or mild fevers during pregnancy. But frequent use may be linked to poorer language skills and behavior problems among…

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Symptoms of PTSD linked to obesity in women

New research from Harvard School of Public Health suggests that women who suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may have an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. This is according to a study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful or frightening events. The disorder can occur…

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Obesity linked to early onset of puberty in girls

Researchers have previously established that girls have been experiencing puberty earlier over the past few decades. And now, a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that obesity is playing a role in this trend. Experts say that girls who begin puberty earlier are at risk for lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression and lower academic achievement. Additionally, early…

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Patient Monitoring Market-2013

Patient Monitoring Market-2013 You can read latest buzz in patient monitoring market in India by visiting this link. This is May edition. 

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What is hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness)?

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. (1) In fact, the words ‘hyperemesis’ (pronounced ‘hye-pur-em-ee-sis’) and ‘gravidarum’ (pronounced ‘gra-vid-ah-room’) literally translate to ‘excessive vomiting’ ‘during pregnancy’. (10) What are the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum (HEG)? The main symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum are: • continued and severe nausea and vomiting –…

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`Wombs for hire` a new fad among western couples

Researchers have found that surrogacy or `wombs for hire` from foreign surrogate mothers has increased in the past five years, particularly by Indian agencies. The research, published in The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, reveals there is an increasing demand in the number of couples registering children to foreign surrogates. “Parental orders” were…

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