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2022

Pregnancy Undermines Body Image in Half of Women

Pregnancy Undermines Body Image in Half of WomenWEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many women are unhappy with how their bodies look both during and after pregnancy, and it’s an issue that can trigger postpartum depression and eating disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, recently conducted a survey to learn more about body dissatisfaction in pregnancy and the postpartum period. They also worked to identify the factors that contribute to these feelings and to determine what might help.“I think there can be some shame and discomfort talking about issues of body image in pregnancy and postpartum,” said Rachel Vanderkruik, associate director of research and cognitive behavioral sciences at the Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at the hospital....

Pot Use in Early Pregnancy Linked to Long-Term Mental...

13 September 2022
Pot Use in Early Pregnancy Linked to Long-Term Mental Health Issues in KidsTUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Using marijuana after the first weeks of pregnancy is linked to mental health issues in children that linger well into early adolescence, a new study shows. Exposure to cannabis after about five to six weeks of fetal development was associated with attention, social and behavioral problems, according to the findings. These problems continued as the children reached ages 11 and 12, raising the risk of mental health and substance use disorders in the teen years.Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis cautioned against using the drug during pregnancy.The team used data from the ongoing Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, which gathers information on brain development and health in 12,000 children and teens in the...

TikTok 'Slugging' Trend Has People Coating Their Faces...

13 September 2022
TikTok `Slugging` Trend Has People Coating Their Faces With GreaseTUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- To slug or not to slug? That's the question for millions of TikTok users, who turn to the social media giant for tips and information on what amounts to a DIY skin care phenomenon.Slugging involves slathering some sort of sealing agent -- like Vaseline or another petroleum-based ointment -- onto the skin.What's the problem with that? New research warns that the majority of TikTok posts focused on the wrinkle-reducing practice are medically unreliable, hyping the benefits while downplaying the risks.The goal of slugging, explained study lead author Kyla Pagani, is "to help moisturize and strengthen the skin barrier," for those battling dryness, irritation or inflammation.The idea is not medically unsound, stressed Pagani, who conducted her...

Infections During Pregnancy Show No Causal Link to Autism

13 September 2022
Infections During Pregnancy Show No Causal Link to AutismTUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Research has suggested that kids born to moms who had the flu or another infection during pregnancy may be more likely to have autism, but a new study implies infection may not be the cause after all."We found no evidence to suggest that infections contracted by mothers during pregnancy would cause autism in the child," said study author Martin Brynge. He's a doctoral student in the global public health department at Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. "Our findings can reassure expectant parents that common infections, such as the flu, during pregnancy do not seem to increase the children's risk of autism or learning disabilities," Brynge added.Affecting about 1 in every 54 children in the United States, autism spectrum disorder is an...

Women With Migraines Face Higher Odds for Complications in Pregnancy

13 September 2022
Women With Migraines Face Higher Odds for Complications in PregnancyTUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A history of migraine headaches could make a woman more prone to pregnancy complications, such as issues with blood pressure or preterm birth, according to a new study."We now know migraines may be an underrecognized risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes," said study co-author Dr. Natalie Bello, director of hypertension research in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. "The reason for these associations remains unclear, but we suspect they might be related to pathways of inflammation, blood vessel dysfunction or increased risk for blood clots," Bello said in a Cedars-Sinai news release.For the study, the researchers used information from a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded database. They followed nearly 10,000...
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