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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Women's Health: Diet and exercise does not prevent gestational diabetes ♦ Link between chronic stress, preterm birth ♦ New Pap smear schedule led to fewer chlamydia tests

Diet and exercise does not prevent gestational diabetes in obese women A diet and exercise regime for high-risk obese pregnant women, whilst effective in promoting a healthy lifestyle, does not prevent gestational diabetes. The research suggests that programs promoting healthy behaviors are unlikely to be effective in preventing diabetes in obese women. Resources should be directed towards better screening and treatment, including the use of a more stringent threshold for diagnosis.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Rare but potentially fatal cardiovascular disorder can strike healthy pregnant women Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare disorder characterized by weakened pumping of the heart, or "left ventricular dysfunction," which results in otherwise healthy pregnant women experiencing heart failure shortly before or up to five months after they deliver healthy babies.A new study revealed that no significant research has been undertaken to explore how to prevent or treat this disorder. Only three studies of possible treatments have ever been conducted, and only two of those have shown any promise.
Researchers discover surprising link between chronic stress, preterm birth Excessive stress can result in preterm birth, which has been shown to affect a person's health throughout their life 15 million babies are born preterm each year. It is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and babies who survive are at much higher risk of developing a number of health conditions including chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.
New Pap smear schedule led to fewer chlamydia tests, It's a tale of two tests: one for early signs of cervical cancer, the other for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. But a change in the recommended schedule for one may have dramatically lowered the chances that young women would get the other.

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