Soy, broccoli may cut breast cancer treatment’s side effects

Dec 12, 2017 0

Consuming soy foods such as soy milk and tofu and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages, kale and broccoli may help reduce common side effects of treatment in breast cancer survivors, researchers say. Treatments designed to prevent breast cancer recurrence often inhibit the body’s production or use of oestrogen — the hormone that can fuel breast cancer growth.  As a result, such patients often experience hot flushes and night sweats, among other side effects that are commonly post menopause. The findings, led by researchers from Georgetown University, showed that intake of cruciferous vegetables and soy foods were associated with fewer reports of menopausal symptoms.  Higher soy intake was also associated with less reported fatigue.  ...

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 Using nicotine patch during pregnancy safer than smoking- says study

Dec 12, 2017 0

Tobacco use during pregnancy is related to many effects on health and reproduction, in addition to the general health effects of tobacco. Numerous studies have shown that tobacco use is a significant factor in miscarriages among pregnant smokers, and that it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the fetus. Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke can keep the developing baby from getting enough oxygen. A new study, however, has said that while nicotine may not be completely safe for a pregnant mother’s foetus, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is safer than smoking for women who are not able to quit on their own. ...

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 Lack of sleep is related to gestational diabetes, high blood sugar levels in pregnant women

Dec 5, 2017 0

According to a new study, lack of sleep is related to gestational diabetes, high blood sugar levels, in pregnant women.  Incidence is rising with time because of many reasons; lifestyle and genetics being the most important ones. Pregnancy causes many hormonal changes in body leading to diabetes like state and resistance to insulin. Placenta produces many insulin opposing hormones. Risk factors are: • Obesity • History of gestational diabetes in previous pregnancy • History of unexplained still birth • Previous baby weight on higher side – 4 kgs • Family history of diabetes • Patient with PCOS • Age – 25 • Overweight i.e. BMI – 30 • Pre diabetes Several studies have proved that lack of sleep also raises the risk of gestational diabetes. ...

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 Stress during pregnancy affects baby’s size-says study

Nov 30, 2017 0

A research suggests that babies are physically affected by the stress level of their mother during pregnancy. The findings indicate that that stress during late gestation reduces offspring growth during dependence, resulting in a reduced body size throughout development, whereas stress during early gestation results in largely-unaffected growth rates during dependence, but accelerated growth and increased size after weaning. ...

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 Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Nov 7, 2017 0

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday. ...

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How to Prevent your Breasts from Sagging

Nov 4, 2017 0

A few days ago we discussed the causes of breast sagging; ranging from age, heredity, weight gain to number of pregnancies. While we cannot control the age factor and heredity, we can do a lot to prevent sagging. Some measures a woman can take are discussed below: 1. Limit number of pregnancies Pregnancy increases the size of the breasts due to hormonal changes; this is usually followed by breast feeding which further increases the breast size due growth of milk ducts. The size never returns to its original size after each pregnancy and breast feeding. Consequently multiple pregnancy encourages breast sagging due to size and stretching. Limit number of pregnancy to four and well spaced out, so there is enough time for exercising and recovery. 2. Wear supportive bra while breast feeding Always wear a supportive bra while breast feeding, this helps to fight against gravity which naturally tends to pull down the breasts. Always in this context means even when in bed; the bra should have a band at... ...

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Common Side Effects of Birth Control Pill

Oct 28, 2017 0

The oral contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as “the pill,” is a form of hormonal contraception taken by women to prevent pregnancy. The pill is a highly effective method of birth control when taken correctly (at the same time daily), with only 0.1% of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP); around 1 in 100 women taking the pill experience an unintended pregnancy in the first year of pill use. However, pregnancy rates increase dramatically in women who miss a pill (rates rise 30-80 times, according to the ARHP). There are two types of contraceptive pills, both of which contain synthetic forms of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (progestin). Combination pills contain both of these hormones, whereas the “mini pill” – known as the progestin-only pill – contains only the hormone progestin. Common side effect of birth control pills include: Inter-menstrual spotting, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, mood changes, missed periods, decreased libido, vaginal discharge and visual changes with contact lenses. We’ll... ...

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51 percent of Nigerian women girls have sex before the age of 18

Oct 27, 2017 0

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris, about 51 percent of Nigerian girls are exposed to sex before the age of 18 years. The figure for Lagos State is about 24.5 percent, a big surprise. He made these revelations while speaking at the National Institute of International Affairs , Victoria Island, Lagos on “Reproductive Health: Beyond cultural limitations and concerns.” ...

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