Depression is the single largest predictor of substance use during pregnancy

It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy. Researchers at Western University and its affiliate Brescia University College have now shown that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy, highlighting the need for greater supports for […]

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When mosquitoes are biting during rainy season, net use increases, study finds

The more rainfall a region in sub-Saharan Africa gets, the more mosquitoes proliferate there and the more likely its residents will sleep under their insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria transmission, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs suggests. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While it has become clear […]

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Acupuncture Gone Wrong: This Woman's Lung Collapsed During a Routine Treatment

A recent case report details the story of everyone’s worst post-acupuncture nightmare: a collapsed lung. It featured the story of a 79-year-old woman who, two days after having an acupuncture treatment, went to her general practitioner because of sharp pain in her right shoulder that she’d felt ever since the treatment. Her doctor ordered chest radiography, and it was revealed […]

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Study highlights importance of healthy lifestyle during menopause

Australian research has further debunked the myth that people gain weight during menopause, adding to existing opinion that there is instead a redistribution of weight during this period. According to research from the Australian National University, published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology this month, while women do gain weight as they age, it is not attributable to the […]

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Between health and faith—managing type 2 diabetes during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan, which sees Muslims all over the world fast during daylight hours, begins this weekend. Does having type 2 diabetes exclude a person from fasting? Not necessarily. The decision belongs to the person, but getting some advice from health professionals can help. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia. About 6% of Australian adults […]

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Same brain cells active during sleep and exploration in mice

Researchers have mapped the activity of individual neurons deep in the brain during sleep and exploration of novel objects in male and female mice. The study, published in JNeurosci, suggests these cells may facilitate memory formation. Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) neurons are active during rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, when dreaming—and perhaps memory consolidation—occurs. Carlos Blanco, Priyattam Shiromani, and colleagues at the […]

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Is maternal vaccination safe during breastfeeding?

In light of the continuing anti-vaccination movement, a provocative new article provides a comprehensive overview of the potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women. The article, which determined that only smallpox vaccine and, in some circumstances yellow fever vaccine, are the only vaccines having the potential to cause harm to infants, is published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the […]

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Study shows many preteens screen positive for suicide risk during ER visits

A research team found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years screened positive for suicide risk in emergency department settings. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborators sought to explore how frequently preteen […]

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Rare 'semi-identical' twins discovered during Australian woman's pregnancy

A rare set of semi-identical twins have been identified in Australia, only the second set ever reported in the world. (stock photo) A rare set of semi-identical twins — only the second set ever reported in the world — have been identified in Australia. The 4-year-old boy and girl from Brisbane share all of their mother’s DNA but only a part of their […]

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Drug helps against pain during Sex

The drug Gabapentin might help if women suffer during intercourse chronic pain. By taking they felt less pain during your sexual Desire and satisfaction have increased. Although their sexual function was not completely restored, had the Request of the women after taking Gabapentin in less pain and more sexual. In particular, women with strong pain profited from the treatment. Gabapentin […]

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