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Do Your Genes Set You Up for Hot Flashes?

Do Your Genes Set You Up for Hot Flashes?WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Could your genes be to blame for your hot flashes?New research suggests that's so, with genetics playing a role in both the severity and frequency of those hallmarks of menopause.While hot flashes are common, they don't affect all women to the same degree and the reasons for those differences are unclear.Genetics have been been suspected, because Black women tend to have greater struggles with hot flashes than white women, and Chinese and Japanese women seem to have the mildest hot flashes, according to researchers. To learn more, the researchers looked at more than 1,200 women of various ethnicities and concluded that some of the same genetic factors that predict reproductive aging may also be associated with hot flashes.That suggests that...

Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

28 April 2021
Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of ViolenceWEDNESDAY, April 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns."One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Violence Research Center in the U.K.His research included more than 1,400 young people in Zurich, Switzerland, who were asked about their thoughts and experiences at ages 15, 17 and 20. Among other things, they were asked whether they'd had violent thoughts in the last month, and the types of bullying or aggression they had faced in the past year.Researchers also asked about participants' experiences with 23 forms of victimization, including taunts, physical attacks and sexual...

Common Complication of Pregnancy Tied to Higher Stroke...

27 April 2021
Common Complication of Pregnancy Tied to Higher Stroke Risk LaterTUESDAY, April 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Having preeclampsia during pregnancy significantly increases a woman's future risk of stroke, researchers say.Preeclampsia happens when a woman with previously normal blood pressure suddenly develops high blood pressure, protein in her urine or other problems after 20 weeks into pregnancy. The condition occurs in about one in 25 pregnancies in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The new study findings suggest that women who've had preeclampsia require monitoring of their heart health as they age, according to the authors."Our study strongly suggests that, for women who have a history of preeclampsia, physicians should consider aggressive treatment of midlife vascular risk factors, including...

Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby's Health

26 April 2021
Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby`s HealthMONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women who use marijuana heavily during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely or have an underweight newborn, a new study suggests.Researchers found that babies born to moms with problem marijuana use -- what doctors call cannabis use disorder -- faced some higher risks than other newborns.They were 6% more likely to be born preterm and 13% more likely to be either underweight or small for gestational age -- a sign of growth restriction in the womb.The study, of 4.8 million births in California, comes at a time when U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy.Experts said the findings cannot prove the drug itself caused the early births or stunted fetal growth. But they said the safest course is for pregnant women...

Why COVID Infection Raises Risks in Pregnancy

26 April 2021
Why COVID Infection Raises Risks in PregnancyMONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19 by the placenta may help explain why infected pregnant women face a higher risk of complications, such as preterm birth and preeclampsia, researchers say.The Yale University team analyzed blood and placental tissue from 39 women at different stages of pregnancy.They detected evidence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in two samples of placental tissue, and also found that placentas in infected women tended to have much more immune system activity than the placentas of non-infected women."The good news is the placenta is mounting a robust defense against an infection that is far distant, in lungs or nasal tissue," said study author Dr. Shelli Farhadian, assistant professor of internal medicine...

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