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2020

High Blood Pressure May Affect More Pregnant Women Than Thought: Study

High Blood Pressure May Affect More Pregnant Women Than Thought: StudyMONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Twice as many women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for heart and kidney disease than once thought, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers collected data on more than 9,800 pregnancies among more than 7,500 women in Olmsted County, Minn., who gave birth between 1976 and 1982. During that time, 659 women had 719 high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, a serious complication marked by high blood pressure and signs of organ damage. Women under age 20 and older than 35 had the highest rates of preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. Over 36 years of follow-up, 571 women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) developed a chronic condition such as...

Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of Mammograms

1 May 2020
Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of MammogramsFRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has increased access to mammograms for impoverished older women, a new study suggests. In those states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women who didn't have access to this breast cancer screening tool have it now, the study authors said. "The ACA created a natural experiment in which some states expanded Medicaid and other ones did not," said Dr. Christine Rohde, associate professor of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. "This research shows that Medicaid expansion through the ACA does have a significant impact on patients, specifically in terms of insurance coverage and mammography," she explained in a news release from the American College of...

Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm...

1 May 2020
Pregnancy Complications Raise Future Odds of Preterm Birth: StudyFRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even if their first pregnancy results in a full-term baby, women who had complications may be at increased risk of a preterm delivery next time around, researchers say. Women who deliver full-term babies are generally considered to have a low risk of delivering before 37 weeks in later pregnancies. But it wasn't clear how pregnancy complications or poor outcomes at birth might affect that risk. To find out, researchers led by Dr. Liv Kvalvik, an associate professor and fellow at the University of Bergen in Norway, analyzed data on first and second pregnancies among more than 302,000 Norwegian women between 1999 and 2015. They focused on preeclampsia (abnormally high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine); placental abruption (when...

Early High School Start Times May Hurt Attendance

1 May 2020
Early High School Start Times May Hurt AttendanceFRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- High school students who have early start times are more likely to show up late or cut school entirely, a new study finds. As schools across the United States think about reopening, they might want to bear this in mind. "The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that high schools begin class after 8:30 a.m., but we know that most schools start much earlier," said researcher Melinda Morrill, an associate professor of economics at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. "We were able to look at five high schools that moved start times from 8:05 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. in order to examine the effect that the change had on students," she said in a university news release. The researchers found that the five schools had significantly lower...

Best Ways to Help Kids Through the Pandemic

1 May 2020
Best Ways to Help Kids Through the PandemicFRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- They're not at school. They miss their friends. And Mom and Dad look worried. Lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic can take a toll on everyone, especially kids. Most children are aware of what's going on at some level, said Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Even toddlers pick up on their parents' anxiousness and changes in the family's schedule. To help your children manage their feelings, you can ask what they understand and what concerns them. "If a parent is worried about what's happening, the children can pick up on that. I advise people not to hide it," Schonfeld said in a hospital news release. "Children want adults to be authentic and...
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