March 13, 2011

Young Mothers Struggle More

1 Partner Can Cause Baby Blues During Pregnancy

A poor relationship with a husband or partner during pregnancy is the biggest predictor of maternal emotional distress, such as depression. New research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, reveals that women who were the most dissatisfied with their relationships with spouses or partners were the most likely to suffer from depression during pregnancy. The Norwegian study of nearly 50,000 women shows that the amount of support the pregnant women received from partners had the strongest link with mental health. Researchers also found that younger mothers struggled more with coping during pregnancy. Experts believe that depression and anxiety during pregnancy may result in low birth weight or premature birth.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Reasons for Postpartum Depression Explained

Tags: Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Depression During Pregnancy, Emotional Distress Pregnancy, Journal BMC Public Health, Anxiety During Pregnancy

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And the Women Are Ugly!

2 Burger King Boss Says British Food Is Terrible

Bernardo Hees, CEO of Burger King, told a group of students in Chicago that British food is "terrible" and the women "are not very attractive." The Burger King CEO had studied for his MBA in England at the University of Warwick. Hees, CEO for just six months, has said that his comments were meant to be a funny way to connect with his audience, reports the UK publication, The Telegraph. Marcus Wareing, a chef at London’s Berkeley Hotel, has said that the comments were insulting to British gastronomy, particularly considering the Burger King menu.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: CEO of Burger King, Bernardo Hees, Gaffe by Bernardo Hees, British Women, British Food Terrible, Burger King menu, London’s Berkeley Hotel

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Not Necessary If Nonanemic

3 Extra Iron Unnecessary for All Pregnant Women

A new study of 1268 pregnant women in Africa, 43 percent of them anemic, found that only women who were anemic benefitted from extra iron supplementation. Half of the group took 60 milligrams (mg) of iron with folic acid and the other group received 30 mg of iron with folic acid, vitamins A and C and other micronutrients for three months. Blood iron levels were measured at the end and women from both groups had similar levels, about 11 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter which is slightly lower than normal. This occurs during pregnancy because the growing fetus needs oxygen, increasing the demand on the mother’s body for iron. Extra iron did not prevent this slightly lower than normal level in nonanemic women, which makes researchers question if they really need to take it.

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

Previously: Pregnancy Anemia Ups Respiratory Problems in Kids

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Pregnancy Anemia, Iron Supplementation, Nonanemica

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FEAR of JUDGMENT

4 People Behave Better When Others Are Around

A new study reports that people are more inclined to let bad things happen rather than causing them to happen, especially if someone is watching. The study, which appeared in the research journal Psychological Science, shows that people are much more likely to judge someone who caused a bad thing to happen harsher than someone who let it happen. Peter DeScioli, a moral psychologist at Brandeis University, ran an experiment in which people had 15 seconds to either take 90 cents of a dollar from a store owner or let the timer expire, costing the store owner the entire dollar and rewarding the participant with 85 cents. 51 percent of participants let the timer run out under observation, with observers judging the people who "stole" 90 cents harsher than the people who let the timer expire.

More at MSN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Tags: Psychological Science, Bad Behavior

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FIGHT INFECTIONS with CHEERIOS

5 Lower Cholesterol May Fight Infections

A recent study claims that having lower cholesterol may help fight infections. The study appeared in the PLoS Biology journal and was conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh. "What we have discovered is that a key immune hormone stimulated upon infection can lower cholesterol levels and thereby deprive viral infections of the sustenance they need to grow," said Peter Ghazal, the chair of Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine at the University of Edinburgh. The key immune hormone is interferon, which was shown to lower cholesterol in mice infected with a variety of viruses. The researchers say that while cholesterol itself isn't linked to a virus' survival, it is linked to the protein production that viruses feed on.

More at PLoS Biology | Hat tip to AOL Health | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Study: Eating Nuts Lowers Cholesterol 5 Percent

Tags: University of Edinburgh, Lower Cholesterol, Fight Infections, PLoS Biology

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