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Common Plastics Chemical Tied to Higher Odds for Postpartum Depression

Common Plastics Chemical Tied to Higher Odds for Postpartum DepressionTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Moms with higher prenatal levels of plastics chemicals known as phthalates may face a slightly increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study.Postpartum depression affects up to 20% of new mothers, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That makes it the most common post-delivery pregnancy complication. The NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program set out to examine how chemicals commonly found in plastics and personal care products, including phenols, phthalates and parabens, might play a role in postpartum depression. Exposure to these chemicals can affect hormone levels, and exposure is common through diet, absorbing them through the skin and inhalation. Researchers found...

Breast Cancer Drug Could Trigger Dangerous High Blood Sugar

25 September 2023
Breast Cancer Drug Could Trigger Dangerous High Blood SugarMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For certain patients with advanced breast cancer, a drug called Piqray (alpelisib) may extend survival. But new research confirms the medication often causes seriously high blood sugar levels.“This is a very effective drug that we should be using to treat breast cancer, but the problem is that it causes high blood sugar, which also can decrease the efficacy of the medication,” explained study co-author Dr. Neil Iyengar. He is a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.The findings are not a reason to avoid this drug — but they do indicate that precautions are needed before taking the medication, Iyengar said. “The key is that high blood sugar can be prevented,” he stressed.Taken as a pill, Piqray...

Playtime With Dad Brings Kids Better Grades at School

25 September 2023
Playtime With Dad Brings Kids Better Grades at SchoolMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most parents want to help their kids do well in school, and for dads the answer may be found in something simple and fun.A new study from the United Kingdom finds that kids do better in elementary school when their fathers regularly spend time interacting with them through reading, playing, telling stories, drawing or singing.Researchers at Leeds University Business School found that when dads regularly interacted with their 3-year-old children in these ways, the kids did better in school at age 5. When they were involved with their kids at age 5, those children had improved scores in key assessments at age 7.While dads had an impact on educational achievement, moms had more impact on kids’ emotional and social behaviors, the study...

Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious...

25 September 2023
Water Beads Can Expand Inside Body, Causing Kids Serious Harm. Should They Be Banned?MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Ashley Haugen’s 13-month-old daughter, Kipley, woke up projectile vomiting in their Texas home one morning in July 2017.The Haugens took her to the doctor after it became apparent she wasn’t keeping anything down. After not responding to medication, Kipley was whisked to a nearby children’s hospital for emergency surgery.“I remember [the surgeon] showing us the picture of the material that he pulled out of Kipley's small intestine,” Haugen recalls. “He was like, ‘I found this inside her small intestine, do you know what this is?’ And we recognized it immediately as the birthday gift that we had gotten for Abigail,” their 6-year-old daughter.The obstruction was a water bead — a tiny, super-absorbent pellet of gel that...

Psychotherapy May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

25 September 2023
Psychotherapy May Help Ease Fibromyalgia PainMONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- "Talk therapy" may help people with fibromyalgia manage their chronic pain -- and alter the brain's pain-processing circuitry along the way, a new study shows.Researchers found that after eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), patients with fibromyalgia felt less burdened by their pain and other symptoms in daily life. And that was related, in part, to changes in areas of the brain related to self-awareness and pain processing.Experts stressed that the findings do not mean that people's fibromyalgia symptoms are "all in their head." But they are, at their root, in the brain."All pain is in the brain, and CBT can help your brain feel less pain," said Robert Edwards, a senior researcher on the study and a clinical psychologist at...

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