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Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young BoysWEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns. Phthalates are chemicals found in many household products, including cosmetics and plastics. The study didn't identify a heightened risk for autism per se among boys, but rather a "small" increase in the chance for developing certain autism-related traits by age 3 or 4. These include social impairment, repetitive behaviors and restricted interests, said study lead author Youssef Oulhote. This elevated risk was not seen in girls. But it appears that folic acid supplements while pregnant offer protection against this risk, said Oulhote, an assistant professor of...

More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?

13 February 2020
More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you need more than two hands to count the number of lovers you've had in your life, new research suggests you might want to worry about your cancer risk. People who have had 10 or more sexual partners had higher odds of being diagnosed with cancer than those who were less sexually active, researchers report. Women with that many sex partners had nearly double the risk of developing cancer as women who remained virgins or only had one sexual partner, the study found. Meanwhile, men's odds of a cancer diagnosis were increased by nearly 70% compared with those reporting one or fewer sex partners, and by 57% for those who had two to four sex partners during their life. "We expected there to be an association between number of sexual...

Fresh Donor Egg Better Than Frozen for IVF: Study

13 February 2020
Fresh Donor Egg Better Than Frozen for IVF: StudyTHURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh donated eggs appear to be better for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) than frozen ones, a new study suggests. Donor eggs provide the best chance of success for many women undergoing IVF, according to the authors. But it wasn't clear whether using fresh or frozen donor eggs in IVF improves the chances of success, so a team from the University of Colorado and Duke University analyzed nearly 30,000 IVF cycles using donor eggs over three years. Fresh eggs had a much higher likelihood of implantation and birth than frozen eggs, the study found. Compared to frozen eggs, fresh eggs were associated with a 25% better chance of live birth and a 10% higher odds for good outcomes. Fresh eggs were also associated with a 37% higher chance of multiple...

Baby in Your Room, Not in Your Bed: Good Advice, but Are...

10 February 2020
Baby in Your Room, Not in Your Bed: Good Advice, but Are Parents Listening?MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents have long been told that babies should sleep in their own crib to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), yet nearly 1 in 5 infant are still sleeping in their parent's bed, a new study finds. To decrease the risk of SUID, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents share their room with their baby until at least 6 months, and ideally to 1 year. The AAP also advises against bed-sharing, but new parents may be getting varying advice on bed-sharing from their pediatricians, the study suggested. About 59% of new moms said they intended to share rooms without bed-sharing. But only 45% of those who said they planned to only room-share had done so in the past two...

'Tired, Stressed and Bored': Study Finds Most Teens Hate High School

7 February 2020
`Tired, Stressed and Bored`: Study Finds Most Teens Hate High SchoolFRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's supposed to be the best time in your life, but a new study finds that U.S. high school students have mostly negative feelings throughout their schoolday. Surveying nearly 22,000 students nationwide, researchers found about 75% expressed boredom, anger, sadness, fear or stress. Girls were slightly more negative than boys, according to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Yale Child Study Center researchers. A second survey asked 472 high school students in Connecticut about their feelings at distinct moments throughout the school day. The teens reported negative feelings 60% of the time, according to the study. The levels of negativity were "higher than we expected," said study co-author and research scientist Zorana...

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