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COVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is Obese

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some pregnant women with COVID-19 do become severely ill, and the risk may be elevated for those who were obese or had conditions like asthma before pregnancy, a new study suggests. As with all things COVID-19, researchers have had limited information on whether pregnancy puts women at any greater risk of severe illness -- or whether infection complicates pregnancy. There is still a lot to learn, experts said. But the new study, reporting on 46 pregnant women in Washington state, begins to give some insight. "The advance of this study is, we have over 40 women with symptomatic COVID-19, and we know what happened to them," said senior researcher Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of...

Lost Pregnancies, Diabetes May Be Linked

21 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The more pregnancies losses a woman has, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on nearly 25,000 Danish women who were born between 1957 and 1997 and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 1977 to 2017. The women were compared with a control group of nearly 248,000 women with the same ages and educational levels who didn't have diabetes. Compared to women who'd never miscarried, those who had one, two or three lost pregnancies had an 18%, 38% and 71% higher risk, respectively, of developing type 2 diabetes. The study was published May 20 in the journal Diabetologia. "We cannot rule out that the psychological distress related to pregnancy loss can initiate lifestyle changes that...

Multiple Sclerosis Ups Odds for Heart Trouble, Stroke

20 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis can cause weakness, pain, fatigue and vision problems. The disease also appears to increase the odds of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a central nervous system disorder that can affect movement. The British study found that people with MS were nearly one-third more likely to have "macrovascular disease." Those are conditions that affect the large blood vessels in the body. Heart disease and stroke can be examples of macrovascular disease. People with MS had a 1.5-fold higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared to people without the disease. Those with MS also had 3.5-times higher odds of dying from any cause during the study than did people without the...

Good News for Menopausal Women Who Take Hops

20 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take hop-based supplements to relieve symptoms of menopause needn't fear that they will interact with other drugs, a new study suggests. Hops are the flowers of hop plants and they give beer its bitter taste. They also contain phytoestrogens and act like female sex hormones. Some women who can't use hormone replacement therapy find that hop supplements alleviate change-of-life complaints such as night sweats and hot flashes. However, there's been concern about drug interactions. "There are reports from other lab studies that compounds from hops may inhibit or deactivate certain drug-metabolizing enzymes," said study researcher Richard van Breemen, director of Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute. "There is...

Women Less Likely to Get Standard Heart Medications

20 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's a myth that heart attacks are a "man's disease." Yet a new research review confirms that women remain less likely than men to get medications routinely recommended for preventing heart trouble and strokes. Researchers found that across 43 international studies, a general pattern emerged: Women with risk factors for heart disease and stroke were less likely than men to be prescribed low-dose aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins or certain blood pressure medications. The obvious question is why? But it cannot be definitively answered, said study leader Sanne Peters, a research fellow at the University of Oxford, in the U.K. The discrepancy was not explained by age, she said, referring to the fact that men tend to develop heart disease...
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