March 12, 2011

Accelerated Growth Ups Risk

1 Low Birth Weight Babies Tend to Be Obese Later On

Researchers have gained some insight as to why there is a link between having a low birth weight baby and their increased risk of becoming obese in adulthood. In animal studies the low birth weight newborns had less division and differentiation, or maturation of the neural stem cells in the region that regulates food intake which is affected by the mother's nutrition. Previous studies report accelerated growth of low weight babies which increases the likelihood of obesity in adulthood and serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. This study demonstrates that the nutritional health of pregnant women is critical in reducing obesity. Over 60 percent of people in the U.S. are overweight with over 1 in 5 considered obese and is a serious problem in young people.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Want Good Health? See Your Dentist

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Low Birth Weight, Fetal Brain Development, Risk Factors for Obesity, Maternal Nutrition

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Less Inflammation More Clearance

2 Roundworm May Provide Treatment for Sepsis

Researchers have discovered that a protein secreted by the roundworm Acanthocheilonema viteae may help people who develop sepsis which occurs when bacteria take over the whole body and releases endotoxins leading to clotting and inflammation. The very ill who develop septic shock and multi-organ damage have a 50 percent mortality rate. The protein, called ES-62, suppresses that inflammation and also activates autophagy so cells can clean up the damage caused by the infection. Roundworm infections are associated with poor sanitation and can evade the immune system for decades but also decrease the severity of allergies and autoimmune diseases of those they infect. Researchers are looking at using ES-62 with or without antibiotics to treat sepsis and other conditions caused by inflammation.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

Tags: Autophagy, Inflammation, Parasites, Roundworms, Sepsis, Acanthocheilonema Viteae, Septic Shock, Endotoxins, ES-62, Parasitic Infection

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Wheezing and Asthma on the Rise

3 Pregnancy Anemia Ups Respiratory Problems in Kids

Data from 597 families who participated in the Asthma in Pregnancy study was analyzed by researchers looking at the link between iron deficiency in pregnancy and the development of respiratory problems in childhood. Among the 12 percent of mothers that were anemic, 22 percent of kids had a recurrent wheeze in the first year of life and at 6 years old, 17 percent had developed asthma. Women with asthma and anemia have an even greater effect on their kids' respiratory health. Nine percent of pregnant American women have anemia, and 27 percent are low income minorities. The vast majority of cases are due to iron deficiency and based on these results, researchers want pregnant women to understand that it is very important to take iron supplements.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Prenatal Vitamins Affect Kids Educational Future

Tags: Childhood Asthma, Pregnancy Nutrition, Pregnancy Anemia, Wheezing, Iron Deficiency, Asthma in Pregnancy Study, Iron Supplements

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Half a City Feared Swept Away

4 NHK Reports Nearly 10,000 Missing in Japanese City

The double-dose of devastation that hit Japan this weekend could be seen especially in the coastal city of Minamisanriku. Twenty-four hours after the earthquake and tsunami, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that 9,500 people are still unaccounted for in the city, which has a population of 17,000. NHK also reported that the official death toll stands at 574 and that more than 1,700 people are believed to have been washed away by the towering waves or buried in the rubble caused by the disasters. Although Japan is equipped to handle large earthquakes, the island nation could do nothing to prepare for the devastation caused by the tsunami. U.S. President Barack Obama has offered assistance and stated that an aircraft carrier was already in Japan and a second was being sent as well.

More at Daily Mail | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Nuclear Plants in Japan

Tags: Japan, Nhk, Minamisanriku

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AMERICA LEADING the WAY

5 U.S. Has Highest Bipolar Rate in New Study

The U.S. has the highest bipolar disorder rate, according to a new 11-nation study. The study, published in the March edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry has the U.S. leading the way with a 4.4 percent rate of lifetime bipolar disorder, with India bringing up the rear at 0.1 percent. Experts say there are several reasons as to why the rate of bipolar disorder in the U.S. is so high. Sara Bodner, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says that everything from cultural awareness to genetics could play a part in the U.S. having such a high rate of bipolar disorder. The study was conducted by researchers worldwide and was funded by a combination of grants, pharmaceutical companies and public health organizations.

More at Health.com | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Creativity and Mental Illness Found to Be Linked

Tags: Archives of General Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar Rates

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