January 26, 2010

Have a Real Snack

1 Food Ban No Help in Labor

It's been a longstanding tradition that women in labor aren't allowed to eat or drink beyond sucking on some ice chips. The idea was that keeping the stomach empty would make women less likely to throw up during the process, and would reduce the risk of Mendelson’s syndrome, a condition in which the contents of the stomach make the way into the lungs when a person is under general anesthesia. But these days only 1 or 2 percent of women are completely put under for delivery. There are few studies on the different outcomes when women are allowed to eat or drink during labor, but those that could be found showed no significant difference in the number of deliveries requiring Cesarean section or the infant's Apgar scores, the length of labor or the need for pain medication.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Show Premiers in March

2 Fat Americans Drive Jamie Oliver to Tears

When Jamie Oliver, the British celebrity chef and healthy school food advocate, learned that Huntington, W.Va., was named the unhealthiest city in America, he decided he wanted to do something about it. He took the city by storm, trying to educate the public about healthier eating and exercise. Grist found a preview of the resulting show, which premieres March 26 on ABC, and it isn't pretty. The residents of the town understandably don't want to change their ways, particularly when a foreigner tells them to. Oliver is literally driven to tears when he thinks about the potential his help has to save people's lives. Looks like fun.

More at Grist | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Cut Carbs for Health

3 Low-Carb Diet Found to Lower Blood Pressure

Cutting carbs lowers blood pressure according to a study conducted at Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center. Two popular dieting methods were tested and, while both contributed to weight loss, the low-carb diet lowered blood pressure more than the weight loss drug orlistat. Both groups had a weight loss of about 10 percent of their body weight and both methods improved cholesterol and glucose levels in the participants who had health problems associated with obesity. But it was the difference in blood pressure results that researchers found most surprising. Nearly half of patients on the low-carb diet were able to discontinue or decrease their blood pressure medication while only 21 percent of the group taking orlistat were able to reduce their meds.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Help for Aching Backs

4 Body Awareness Helps Back Pain

Many people with back pain who learn to move in a smooth and integrated way can reduce or eliminate pain, says a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. Back pain sufferers often unconsciously limit their movements to protect themselves from feeling pain, say researchers. They believe the solution is sensory motor learning where patients gain trust in their bodily sensations through bodily awareness. The study compared sensory motor learning to exercise therapy. Patients in the sensory motor group said they learned to trust their own movements and felt they didn’t need to seek additional medical help as opposed to the exercise therapy group that said they felt insecure and dependent on advice from pain experts.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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