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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12/24/14 Health News: Domestic abuse may affect children in womb ♦ Most patients don,t use inhalers correctly ♦Pollution linked to autism ♦ Criticizing your weight add more pounds

Domestic abuse may affect children in womb
Domestic violence can affect children even before they're born, indicates new research. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment Continue Reading

Most patients do not use inhalers, epinephrine autoinjectors correctly
For people with asthma or severe allergies, medical devices like inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors, such as EpiPen, can be lifesaving. However, a new study indicates that a majority of patients often do not use these devices correctly. They conducted an investigation to identify factors associated with incorrect use of inhalers and epinephrine autoinjectors so that health care providers are aware of the problem and can plan better ways to increase proper usage. Continue Reading
Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk
Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy -- particularly during the third trimester -- may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas with low particulate matter, according to a study. The greater the exposure, the greater the risk, researchers found. It was the first US-wide study exploring the link between airborne particulate matter and autism Continue Reading
Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people's comments affect our health. "When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones -- families, friends and romantic partners -- for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think," said one author Continue Reading

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