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Clean teeth ‘reduce heart risk’

Brushing your teeth twice a day could save you from a heart attack, the Daily Mail has reported. Its story is based on a study from Scotland, which looked at the potential association between how often people brushed their teeth and their risk of cardiovascular disease. It found that people who never or rarely brushed […]

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Guide To Choosing Maternity Tops

There is really no reason to choose clothes[Maternity clothes] that make you resemble a tent during pregnancy. Gone are the days that pregnancy was a ‘condition’ that women were at pains to disguise; it is now a celebration of life, a state that women rejoice proudly in!And there is no reason that your wardrobe during […]

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Homeopathy Could Help With Pregnancy Related Hemorrhoids

One of the many discomforts that pregnancy could bring along with it is hemorrhoids, the swollen blood vessels in the area of the rectum which may cause, itching, pain and bleeding or may even cause no discomfort in some cases.This could be in part due to the pressure that the growing uterus puts on the […]

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Alicia Keys Is Pregnant!

Big news from Alicia Keys: she's going to be a mom!Following much speculation, a rep for the Grammy winner confirms that Keys, 29, and producer beau Swizz Beatz are expecting a baby and are engaged to be married later this year.A pal tells Us Magazine, "They are very happy." It's the first child for the […]

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Traige queen

First shift back after going to the conference, then subsequently being sick for too many days, and what happens? We're slammed on L&D. Completely, utterly full. I'm triage queen for the shift. No dinner break, but I did manage to get in a quick pee break. I must have triaged at least eight women tonight. […]

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Learning to Taste in the Womb

Tucking into a particularly spicy curry the other night, I started wondering if my fetus was sharing in any of these wonderful taste sensations. Fetal taste buds are said to develop just 13 to 15 weeks into pregnancy, and we're also told that babies can distinguish between different flavors in breast milk. But do flavors […]

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Mothers Share HypnoBirthing Experiences

On a morning last December, Stephanie Benelli was floating on a cloud of strawberry-colored mist. The mist turned orange, then swept over her, bringing her even deeper into a relaxed state.Was she getting a massage, or perhaps enjoying an aromatherapy session? Far from it.Benelli was hunched on the floor on all fours, giving birth to […]

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HDL cholesterol and heart risk

Eating lots of nuts and olive oil may be harmful for some people, reported the Daily Mirror. The Daily Telegraph said that some heart attack patients may have genetic mutations that mean the diet increases their risk of suffering further cardiac problems. The newspapers emphasis on the relevance of the Mediterranean diet here is misleading.The […]

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The genetics of heart defects

Treatments for heart defects could be improved by the identification of the gene behind heart defects, says The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper also says that the discovery makes screening for the gene a possibility. The news comes from a genetic study which looked at the frequency of certain gene variants in several thousand children born […]

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No exercise is ‘worse than obesity’

A lack of exercise is worse for health than being obese, The Daily Telegraph has reported. It quotes an expert as saying that lack of fitness is the root cause of more illness than excess body fat. The Telegraphs story is based on one of a pair of opinion pieces by medical experts with opposing […]

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Working mothers and obese children

The children of working mothers are more likely to be overweight than their peers, the Daily Mail reported. It said that latchkey kids have more freedom to eat sugary snacks and spend solitary afternoons slumped in front of the TV". This largecohort study looked at data from 8,552 seven-year-old children in 1965, and compared it […]

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Body fat ‘linked to Alzheimer’s’

Having a pot belly in middle age raises the risk of Alzheimers disease and dementia later in life, according to the Daily Mail. The news is based on research into whether total brain volume was associated with measurements such as body mass index BMI, waist size, fat under the skin and fat around the organs. […]

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Supermarket labels ‘toxic warning’

A highly toxic chemical in the glue on supermarket labels can seep through packaging and contaminate food, The Daily Telegraph reported. This study looked at the chemicals in four types of adhesive, how they passed through different types of packaging, and whether the chemicals could be absorbed by a food-like material. One of these chemicals […]

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Testicular Causes of Male Infertility

Male infertility is a complex and challenging problem to overcome, since there are many contributing causes. Problems with the testicles can contribute to male infertility, with the main testicular causes of male infertility including: Genetic disordersInternal disordersExternal conditionsSome genetic disorders which can contribute to male infertility include: Kleinfelter's Syndrome - an extra "X" chromosome results […]

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Cramping During Pregnancy – What Does It Mean?

We women associate cramping with the monthly period or perhaps the very end of the pregnancy when labor cramps start.Cramping during pregnancy however may be another matter and is likely to cause consternation, even alarm for a lot of expecting mothers.Some women report early pregnancy cramping, often it is something as simple as the ligaments […]

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A Mother’s Catch-22

When Congress and Bill Clinton decided to end "welfare as we know it," they made a deal with the poor folks who were being cut loose from their AFDC checks. Go out and find a job, they told the mothers with dependent children. Government will help by providing a modest subsidy to pay for child […]

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Coming home, and being sick

Go figure. The last night in South Carolina, and I start to get a tickle in my throat and a cough. Wake up the morning I'm due to leave with a full blown sore throat and ear pain. Nose started up with congestion/running, etc.And.......it gets worse when I get home. My asthma is flaring up […]

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Higher HIV Risk During Pregnancy – For Men As Well As Women

Pregnant women are considered immune compromised; in general they are more prone to infections and their immune system does not work as efficiently as at other times. This could be due to the fact that there are major changes ongoing in the body as well as the fact that a pregnant woman’s bodily resources are […]

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Were You Born Early? More Chances To Have A Preterm Baby

According to a new study, women who were themselves born before their due date, were also more likely to give birth to a preterm baby. Also if you have siblings who were born early, this raises your chances of delivering early even if you yourself were not born early.Dr. Siladitya Bhattacharya, senior author of the […]

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Minnesota woman gives birth while driving herself to the hospital

A Minnesota woman gave birth while driving herself to the hospital as her husband steered the car into the parking lot from the passenger side, The Bemidji Pioneer reports.Amanda McBride, 29, of Bagley, Minn., left work early to head for the hospital when she suspected that she was about to give birth. En route, she […]

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Premature birth risk is genetic, researchers suspect

Premature birth risk appears to be genetic, say researchers after finding early births tend to run in families.Women born prematurely or who have brothers or sisters who were born too early are 50-60% more likely to have a premature baby themselves, they say.The University of Aberdeen study is based on maternity records of 22,343 Scottish […]

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Ginger for muscle pain

Ginger kills pain, reported the Daily Express. It said that a study has found that muscle pain from sport or gardening can be eased by eating ginger. This study compared the effect of capsules of raw or heat-treated ginger to a dummy capsule on muscle pain. Students were asked to take the capsules for 11 […]

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Hormones ‘shape female trust’

Testosterone reduces trust, according to The Independent, which says a study has found that small doses of the male sex hormone testosterone can make people less trusting of strangers. This study looked at the effects of testosterone compared to a placebo treatment in 24 healthy young women. It found that the women were more likely […]

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Perfect Moment Monday: Growth

That's a picture of a bamboo sprout. It sits in the guest bathroom at my in-laws.I wish I could go back in time and show you what it did look like. It was just a tiny little sprout back in the summer of 2004. That's the first time I saw it.So when I was visiting […]

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Free Baby Products – Where To Look For Baby Freebies While You Are Still Pregnant?

As you shop for the new little arrival into your world, you have probably already realized what a financial drain it can be to buy all the baby stuff that you are going to need.However, now, when you are pregnant, it is the time to look around for all free baby stuff, all the promotional […]

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