Σάββατο, 24 Μαΐου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


Poor Diet Before Pregnancy Linked with Preterm Birth

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:51 AM PDT

For the first time, researchers have confirmed that women who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. The study shows that women who consistently ate a diet high in protein and fruit prior to becoming pregnant were less likely to have a preterm birth, while those who consistently ate high fat and sugar foods, and take-out food were about 50% more likely to have a preterm birth.

Healthcare professionals must be aware of rarer causes of headaches in pregnancy

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:29 AM PDT

Most headaches in pregnancy and the postnatal period are benign, but healthcare professionals must be alert to the rarer and more severe causes of headaches, suggests a new review. There are 85 different types of headache. Approximately 90% of headaches in pregnancy are migraine or tension-type headaches. However, pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of certain secondary headaches, a headache caused by an underlying health condition, states the review.

Safety in numbers: Moderate drinking in a group reduces attraction to risk

Posted: 22 May 2014 07:51 AM PDT

Individuals who have consumed moderate amounts of alcohol in social situations are likely to view risky situations with greater caution when considering them as part of a group, new research shows. The research produced the first evidence found outside of laboratory conditions that being in a group can reduce some effects of alcohol consumption. The findings could lead to the design of new interventions designed to promote safer recreational drinking.

Are your kids at risk for a growing health problem? Pediatric hypertension threatens children, brings long-term health risks

Posted: 21 May 2014 10:32 AM PDT

Hypertension is estimated to affect more than 50 million Americans and is the leading causes of cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and cerebrovascular accidents. And although it is more common in adults, hypertension affects nearly 5 percent of the pediatric population. For High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, researchers are shedding some light on a growing health problem among our country's youth.

Dementia patients benefit from holistic exercise program, study shows

Posted: 19 May 2014 11:26 AM PDT

While dementia patients can often suffer from depression and declining physical and mental ability, exercise has been shown to help improve both their physical and psychological wellbeing. Researchers investigated how combining cognitive activities and elements of yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation with routine physical exercise affected dementia patients. They found that a holistic exercise program focusing on both mind and body can help improve quality of life for dementia patients.

Low-income Latino children show benefits from Montessori pre-kindergartern programs, study finds

Posted: 19 May 2014 06:28 AM PDT

Low-income Latino children who experienced one year of Montessori pre-K education at age 4 made dramatic improvements in early achievement and behavior even though they began the year at great risk for school failure, according to research. In contrast, although low-income black children made gains in school readiness when enrolled in Montessori classrooms as well, they exhibited slightly greater gains when they attended more conventional public school pre-kindergarten programs.

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