May 18, 2011

For Elective Surgery Only

1 C-Sections on Rise for Wealthy Moms

Mothers of means are more likely to have elective C-sections than those of lower economic status, says new research. The data comprised 30 years of records and included mothers’ social class (derived from parents’ jobs listed on babies’ birth certificates) and the level of deprivation of the areas in which the parents lived. While birth by C-section can save the mother’s and baby’s lives, it is not without risk. Thirty years ago, emergency and elective C-sections were more likely to be performed on mothers from deprived areas and/or lower social backgrounds. By 1999, the rates for emergency C-sections had equalized, indicating increased equality in healthcare. However, elective C-sections are more likely to be performed on mothers from higher social classes, says the research.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: C-Section Birth Could Make You Fat

Tags: C-Section, Cesarean Delivery, Cesarean Section

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Cook Them for Best Benefit

2 Eat a Tomato, Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

A new study has shown that eating tomatoes can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, thus decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that eating foods rich in lycopene, an antioxidant nutrient found in tomatoes as well as other reddish foods such as watermelon, guava, papaya and pink grapefruit, can reduce bad cholesterol up to 10 percent. “That’s comparable to the effect of low doses of medication commonly prescribed for people with slightly elevated cholesterol, but without the side effects,” says Dr. Karin Ried at the University of Adelaide. Lycopene is best absorbed from processed and cooked tomatoes and tomato paste. The study is published in the international journal Maturitas.

More at Medical Xpress | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Tags: Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Tomato, Tomatoes, Lycopene

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Do Anti-Rejection Drugs' Job

3 Cultured T Cells Reduce Transplant Rejection

By culturing a patient’s T cells with the drug cilostamide plus the tissue being donated, researchers at Oxford University in Britain were able to control transplant rejection in mice with an immune system that is similar to people. While organ transplant has been a major scientific advancement, most people have to take powerful drugs called immunosuppressants to prevent their immune system from rejecting the donor tissue. These drugs have many side effects and taken for life. A drug normally used to treat vascular problems, cilostamide encourages the T cells to differentiate into regulatory T cells which stop rejection. Patients who receive an organ from a living relative or friend will be the first ones placed in human clinical trials which researchers predict are 3 to 5 years away.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Heart Transplant Outcomes, Pollution Increases Lung Transplant Rejection Risk

Tags: Organ Donation, Organ Transplants, Transplant Rejection, Cilostamide, Regulatory T Cells, Live Donor, Immunosuppressants

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