February 20, 2013

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1 Folic Acid While Pregnant Cuts Autism Risk

Folic acid, which has long been known to reduce the risk of birth defects when women of childbearing age take it before and during pregnancy, has also been found to lower their chances of having a baby later diagnosed with autism, which now affects one in every 88 children. The study, which followed more than 85,000 Norwegian children for an average of six years, determined that women who took folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy were 40 percent less likely to have an autistic child, but that it was mainly effective when taken from prior to conception through the eighth week of pregnancy. Not taking it until mid-pregnancy did not reduce autism risk. Doctors recommend that women who may become pregnant take 400 micrograms of folic acid, a B vitamin, each day.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fever During Pregnancy Doubles Autism Risk

Tags: Autism, Preventing Autism, Vitamin B and Autism, Folic Acid and Autism, Reducing the Risk of Autism, Folic Acid and Pregnancy

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Lower Birth Weight Too

2 Caffeine Linked to Longer Gestation

Caffeine consumption during pregnancy is linked to longer gestation and lower birth weight, says a Norwegian study that found that the source of caffeine is also a factor. Researchers, using data collected over 10 years, studied 60,000 pregnancies to learn if mothers’ caffeine consumption affected birth details. All sources of caffeine were monitored. Researchers found that caffeine reduced birth weight by about 21-28 grams lost per 100 mg caffeine consumed/day. Caffeine from all sources increased length of pregnancy by 5 hours per 100 mg of caffeine consumed per day while caffeine from coffee increased gestation by 8 hours for every 100 mg of caffeine consumed per day. Researchers say The World Health Org’s recommendation of a caffeine limit of 300 mg per day needs to be reevaluated.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Literacy Levels and Teen Pregnancy Linked

Tags: Low Birth Weight Babies, Pregnancy, World Health Organization, Longer Gestation, Caffeine and Pregnancy, Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy

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Guests Drank Water with Body

3 Decaying Corpse Found in Hotel Water Tank

Guests at Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles received some news that's tough to swallow: They've been showering, brushing their teeth and drinking water from a tank which contained a decaying body for more than two weeks. CNN reports that Elisa Lam's body was found inside one of the large water tanks on the roof of the hotel. She was reported missing in early February. The 21-year-old Canadian was last seen in the hotel on January 31. At this time, it's unclear whether the water presented health risks, but a guest who had been drinking it told CNN that the tap ran black for a few seconds when you first turned it on. The body was discovered when maintenance workers looked for the cause of bad water pressure at the hotel.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sleep Problems Related to Weight Gain for Women

Tags: Murder Victims, Cecil Hotel, Corpse Found Hotel Water Tank, Elisa Lam

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Mashed Taters Just So Smashing

4 KFC Employee Fired for Licking Boob Potatoes

A female employee at the KFC on North Roan Street in Johnson City, Tennessee, was fired for posing for a photo showing her about to lick mashed potatoes that had been shaped into a mound. Gawker calls that mound a "boob." Needles to say, the photo ended up on social media. Johnson City Press reports that KFC company spokesman Rick Maynard claims that customers were not served the almost licked taters. According to Maynard, the photo was taken after the restaurant closed, but the woman in the photo is still wearing her headset. The woman and the person who took the photo were terminated, and operations and quality assurance teams have been dispatched to the restaurant to “reinforce and retrain on KFC’s high operating standards.”

More at Johnson City Press | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: No Obese Kids Isolated from Childhood Bullying

Tags: KFC Employee Making Out Mashed Potatoes, Social Media Firings, KFC Firing, Johnson City KFC, Boob Shaped Mashed Potatoes

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