April 12, 2012

Babies at Risk

1 Lose Weight Before Pregnancy Says Study

A new study on obesity and pregnancy warns obese women to lose weight before becoming pregnant. The U of IL study indicates that, even if obese women eat a healthy diet during pregnancy, their babies will develop in an environment that places their future health at risk. "We can see fat sequestered in the placentas of obese mothers when it should be going to the baby to support its growth. The nutrient supply region in the placenta of an obese mother is half the size of that of a normal-weight mother, even when both are eating the same healthy diet," said researcher Yuan-Xiang Pan. Pan cautions that obesity creates an unhealthy environment that it takes time to reverse and advises women to pay attention to their diet well before becoming pregnant.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Program Helps Pregnant Women Reach Healthy Weight

Tags: Obesity, Pregnancy, University of Illinois, Pregnancy and Obesity, Yuan-Xiang Pan, Placenta

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Natural Can Be Deadly

2 Compound in Herbal Remedies Toxic to Kidneys

A new study shows that aristolochic acid, a component of Aristolochia herbal remedies, can lead to kidney failure and cause DNA damage that results in the development of cancer in the upper urinary tract and is a serious public health issue that requires action. The study involved 151 Taiwanese patients with upper urinary tract cancer. Researchers found that 83 percent of the patients had DNA mutations known to be caused by the toxin and are linked to carcinogenesis. Aristolochia herbal remedies are commonly used in Taiwan, the country with the world’s highest incidence of this type of cancer. Previous research conducted in the Balkans linked consumption of Aristolochia clematitis, known as birthwort, to kidney disease that was prevalent throughout the region.

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

Previously: Study Links Arsenic and Kidney Cancer Risk

Tags: Herbal Remedies, Kidney Failure, Aristolochia, Aristolochic Acid, Aristolochia Clematitis, Birthwort, Upper Urinary Tract Cancer

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