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2023

Job Loss Within Couples Ups Odds for Miscarriage, Stillbirth

Job Loss Within Couples Ups Odds for Miscarriage, StillbirthTHURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests there may be a link between job loss and miscarriage or stillbirth.The risk of miscarriage or stillbirth doubled after a pregnant woman or her partner lost a job, European researchers found. Their study was published Sept. 28 in the journal Human Reproduction.“Further research would need to be carried out to understand if losing one’s job actually causes the increased risk of pregnancy loss,” said author Selin Köksal, senior research officer at the University of Essex Institute for Social and Economic Research in England.She said it would be helpful to look at different socioeconomic groups to assess exactly how a job loss relates to higher risk of a miscarriage or a stillbirth.“Is it because of economic...

Estrogen Could Be Key to Women's Brain Health

28 September 2023
Estrogen Could Be Key to Women`s Brain HealthTHURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to more estrogen throughout life -- or a longer reproductive life span -- may be good for the brain, according to new research that found a lower risk of cerebral small vessel disease in women who had more cumulative exposure. Cerebral small vessel disease happens from damage to small blood vessels in the brain. It can increase the risk of thinking impairments and dementia.“Previous research has shown that rates of cerebrovascular disease increase after menopause, which is often attributed to the absence of hormones,” said study author Kevin Whittingstall, of the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. “It remains unknown whether the amount of exposure to hormones before menopause extends that window of protection to after...

Timing of Hot Flashes Could Give Clues to Alzheimer's Risk

27 September 2023
Timing of Hot Flashes Could Give Clues to Alzheimer`s RiskWEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hot flashes and night sweats top the list of bothersome symptoms for women going through menopause. Now, a new study suggests that hot flashes, especially during sleep, may be more than a nuisance: They may foreshadow Alzheimer's disease.And the more hot flashes a woman experiences during sleep, the greater her risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia.“Women with nighttime hot flashes should see them as a wake-up call to do what they can to take care of their health,” said study author Rebecca Thurston, director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. “[This includes] adequate sleep, diet, physical activity, moderating alcohol use, treatment of any [high blood...

More Women Using Cannabis to Help Ease Menopause Symptoms

27 September 2023
More Women Using Cannabis to Help Ease Menopause SymptomsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women over 50 are turning to weed in droves, and menopause symptoms may be one big reason why, new research suggestsThese women may not necessarily be getting the results they’re looking for, however. That's according to menopause experts who say it’s not clear from limited research whether the drug helps ease symptoms or exacerbates them.“People are desperate. They want to sleep. They want to feel better. And it's been pretty normalized at this point that cannabis is something that works for those issues. I want to be clear that we don't actually know if it works,” said study author Carolyn Gibson, a health services researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.“The evidence is really mixed whether it's helping or...

Keeping Baby Safe: Follow These Tips to Lower Sleep Risks

26 September 2023
Keeping Baby Safe: Follow These Tips to Lower Sleep RisksTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s always a good time to check your baby’s sleep space.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released its annual report on the topic, showing that risks associated with nursery products continue to be high. More than 160 babies die each year related to nursery products, including in unsafe sleep environments.But the CPSC offered some tips for infant sleep safety. Parents and caregivers should only put their babies to sleep in products meant for safe sleep, including bassinets, cribs and play yards. If a baby falls asleep in another place, move that baby to a crib, bassinet or play yard. Reduce suffocation hazards, such as soft bedding, including blankets, pillows and stuffed toys, the CPSC urges.“It is important for...
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