October 25, 2012

For All Pregnant Women

1 New Guidelines for Pertussis Vaccine

The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices from the Centers for Disease Control recommend that health care providers immunize all pregnant women against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough.) The recommendation is to administer the Tdap vaccine between 27-36 weeks of gestation or, if that’s not possible, immediately after childbirth, regardless of whether or not the mother has had the vaccine in the past. The committee says the vaccine is safe and can be administered at any time during pregnancy. Experts say getting the vaccine during pregnancy enables pertussis antibodies to be transferred from the mother to the newborn. The CDC reports a jump in the number of pertussis cases with more than 32,000 cases and 16 deaths reported this year, the largest number since 1959.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC Urges Everyone to Get Flu Shot

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Pertussis, Whooping Cough, Tdap Vaccine, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices

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Common Sense to Control Calories

2 Ten Diet Tips That Really Work

Want to finally lose weight for good? Health.com offers ten tips from renowned experts to help you shed those excess pounds and keep them off. Bethenny Frankel explains that portion control is key, but you do not always have to rely on a food scale. Think about what you are eating and where the excess calories lie. If you are eating pasta, skip the extra carbs from the bread. Lisa Lombardi, Health’s executive editor reminds us that liquid calories from juice, soda, and even wine, add up quickly. Keep appropriate snacks close by, such as fruit and nuts, to reduce temptation for chips and cookies. Keep motivating pictures or clothing you hope to get back into around so you stay on track. Jo Miller suggests brushing your teeth after a meal to make you less likely to overeat late at night.

More at Fox News | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Best Weight Loss Tips from the Past 25 Years, Water Before Meal Helps with Weight Loss

Tags: Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Help

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Chemical Free Technique

3 Wrinkles? Try Thai Face Slapping

Do you have facial wrinkles that you would like to get rid of? A massage therapist in San Francisco is charging $350 to literally slap them off your face. According to the Tata Massage website, “Face slapping is well-known internationally and uses Thai wisdom to bring out your own beauty.” She says that the procedure has been used for thousands of years in Thailand. The 15-minute session is thought to lessen wrinkles, shrink pores and tighten skin by increasing facial circulation, contributing to a youthful glow. Tata says the results are visible immediately and the technique is 100% chemical-free, unlike other creams, fillers, or Botox. Tata is one of only 10 people in the world who are licensed to perform face-slapping and the only one here in the Western hemisphere.

More at Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Oxygen Protects from UVB Induced Wrinkles, Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Down in US

Tags: Beauty, Wrinkles, Cosmetic Procedures, Massage Therapy

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Shows Who Benefits the Most

4 Mutation in Colon Cancers Targeted by Aspirin

People with colon cancer that contains a mutated PIK3CA gene that is tied to its growth and spread may benefit the most from aspirin, according to results of research out of Harvard Medical School. Over 900 people diagnosed at different stages of the disease were given a survey every two years and tested for a mutation. Over 13 years, the risk of death by taking aspirin was cut by 82 percent and only two of the 62 people with the mutation in their tumors died within 5 years compared to 23 of the 90 people with the mutation who did not take aspirin. There was no difference between baby and regular aspirin and a test for the gene is cost effective and could be done in most cancer centers. Future studies will only involve those with the mutation to determine if aspirin affects the outcome.

More at NBC News | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Aspirin Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Some, Aspirin Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Some, Multiple NSAIDS Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Tags: Aspirin, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, PIK3CA Gene

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