July 12, 2013

May Also Risk Lower IQ

1 Prenatal Smokers’ Kids Risk Hearing Loss

Research has previously found that women who smoke during pregnancy iincrease their children's chances of premature birth, low weight, asthma and other clinical conditions. Now a study by the New York University School of Medicine has found that children with prenatal exposure to smoking are three times more likely to experience mild hearing loss as teenagers. By comparison, the hearing of children of nonsmoking moms was better by a factor of three decibels than that of prenatal smokers' children. Significantly, the impairment showed up even though most of the smoking women quit during their first trimester, indicating that even short-term exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful. Hearing loss in children can contribute to cognitive and behavioral problems such as low IQ and truancy.

More at News.cincinnati.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psych Problems

Tags: Fetal Exposure to Smoking, Smoking During Pregnancy, Prenatal Smoking, Effects of Smoking on Fetus, Smoking and Hearing Loss

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Day of the Living Dead

2 Dead Woman Wakes As Docs Prep to Take Organs

A 41-year old Syracuse, NY woman, pronounced dead of a drug overdose, woke on the operating table as she was being prepped as an organ donor. Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital concluded that Colleen Burns was brain dead when she was actually in a coma. The 2009 case came to light after a journalistic investigation. Burns was given a sedative prior to prepping her to remove her organs, an act which Dr David Mayer, New York Medical College describes as “strange.” The hospital failed to report the case and has since been fined $6,600. Burns was released two weeks after the incident but committed suicide 16 months later. A hospital spokesperson said they’ve learned from the experience and "have modified our policies to include the type of unusual circumstance presented in this case.”

More at Www.mirror.co.uk | Hat tip to www.news.com.au | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Another Coma Man Found to Be Conscious

Tags: Coma, Organ Donation, Organ Donor, Woman Pronounced Dead Wakes from Coma, New York Medical College, St. Joseph's Hospital, Dr. David Mayer

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