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Breastfeeding May Help Guard Against Diabetes

TUESDAY, May 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is good for more than babies: New research suggests it may protect new mothers from developing diabetes for years after they give birth. The study included 85 women who breastfed and 99 who did not. They were assessed two months after giving birth and each year after that for at least three years. Compared to those who didn't breastfeed, mothers who breastfed had improved pancreatic beta cell mass and function and lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, reducing their risk of diabetes, the investigators found. These benefits continued after women stopped breastfeeding, lasting for more than three years after they gave birth, according to the study published recently in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The South Korean...

Loving Family May Lower Future Depression Risk in Kids

4 May 2020
MONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Having a supportive family can significantly reduce a child's future risk of major depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data on more than 3,200 pairs of siblings in Sweden -- including more than 600 pairs of full siblings and nearly 2,600 pairs of half-siblings -- who had at least one biological parent with depression. Each pair of siblings was raised apart, one at home and one adopted into a home with parents who could "provide a supportive and generally advantaged home for their adoptive child." Being raised by an adoptive family in a supportive environment was associated with a 23% decrease in the risk of treated major depression among full siblings and a 19% decreased risk among half-siblings. However, the reduction...

High Blood Pressure May Affect More Pregnant Women Than...

4 May 2020
MONDAY, 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
FRIDAY, 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 Birth: Study

1 May 2020
FRIDAY, 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...

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