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Mom's Exercise in Pregnancy May Help Baby's Lungs

Mom`s Exercise in Pregnancy May Help Baby`s LungsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising during pregnancy can benefit babies' lungs, Scandinavian researchers report."This study offers a fascinating hint that increased physical activity of mothers is associated with better lung function in their babies and, therefore, possibly their health in later life," said Jonathan Grigg, head of the European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee, who was not involved in the study.It included 814 healthy babies in Norway and Sweden whose lung function was assessed when they were about 3 months old. Overall, 5.8% of them had low lung function. Of the 290 babies born to inactive mothers, 8.6% were in the group with lowest lung function, compared to 4.2% of those born to active moms.Average lung function also was slightly...

More College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside...

7 September 2021
More College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside of MarriageTUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in the baby carriage.While that childhood rhyme used to be true, college-educated women in the United States are now more likely than ever to have a first baby outside marriage. They're also more likely than other women to have a wedding ring by the time they have their second baby."It suggests a change in the way that college-educated young adults are living their family lives, and change in the place of marriage in young adults' family lives," said sociologist Andrew Cherlin, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.That doesn't mean that most women are doing it. But Cherlin projects that 18% to 27% of college-educated women now in their 30s will follow this pattern.Yet, it...

Breastfeeding May Strengthen a Baby's Heart

6 September 2021
Breastfeeding May Strengthen a Baby`s HeartMONDAY, Sept. 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk can give preemies' hearts a big boost, a groundbreaking study suggests."This study … adds to the already known benefits of breast milk for infants born prematurely," said study leader Dr. Afif El-Khuffash, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin.He said the findings offer the first evidence of a link between early diet in preemies and heart function over the first year of life.Because preemies' heart function is significantly lower than that of healthy full-term babies, they are more likely to develop heart problems later in life -- including heart disease, heart failure, systemic and pulmonary high blood pressure, the researchers...

AI May Not Be Ready to Accurately Read Mammograms

3 September 2021
AI May Not Be Ready to Accurately Read MammogramsFRIDAY, Sept. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Radiologists still outperform artificial intelligence (AI) when it comes to breast cancer screening, a new paper shows.Many countries have mammography screening programs to detect and treat breast cancer early. However, examining mammograms for early signs of cancer means a lot of repetitive work for radiologists, which can result in some cancers being missed, the authors explained.Previous research has suggested that perhaps AI systems might even outperform people in this task -- and might soon replace radiologists. But good quality evidence to support the use of AI instead of experienced radiologists is lacking, according to researchers who reviewed 12 studies conducted since 2010.The latest findings were published Sept. 1 in the BMJ."Current...

Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: Study

3 September 2021
Transgender People Face Twice the Odds for Early Death: StudyFRIDAY, Sept. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender people have double the odds of dying early compared to folks whose identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth (cisgender), a long-term study finds.And the added risk did not decrease over time, according to an analysis of data collected from more than 4,500 transgender people in the Netherlands between 1972 and 2018. Study author Martin den Heijer said the risk has persisted for decades."Increasing social acceptance, and monitoring and treatment for cardiovascular disease, tobacco use and HIV, will continue to be important factors that may contribute to decreasing … risk in transgender people," said den Heijer, a professor at Amsterdam University Medical Center.During the study period, 10.8% of transgender women (those...

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