Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 1 April 2002
Baby’s Pain Reduced By Breast-Feeding
Scientists at the University of Chicago, in the US, say breastfeeding can reduce the pain felt by babies having injections. They found that babies who were breastfed while doctors took a blood sample cried and grimaced less than those who were simply held by their mothers. In addition, their heartbeats remained slower and steadier, suggesting they suffered less stress. The research is published in the journal Paediatrics.
The Daily Mail
Asthma Exacerbated By Air Quality
Research suggests that air which passes US quality standards can still cause breathing problems in children with asthma. US researchers looked at 846 asthmatic children living in eight urban areas over a single summer and compared their reports of asthma symptoms with levels of air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and particles given off by internal combustion engines. They found that rises in pollutant levels were associated with an increased incidence of breathing problems in the morning. The research is published in the European Respiratory Journal.
Sugar Not Big Problem For Heart Disease
Researchers at Hammersmith Hospital, London, say people at high risk of heart disease may not have to forgo all sugary food. They say that, despite fears to the contrary, an occasional sugary snack appears to have no significant effect on levels of fats circulating in the bloodstream. The scientists looked at a group of patients, measuring their levels of triglyceride, just before a specially designed sugary meal, and then at intervals for a few hours subsequently. They found no difference between the response of the high-risk group and that of the 'control' group of people not at risk of heart disease.
The Daily Mail
Increased Stroke Risk
Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, say 7 out of 10 patients over the age of 30 have one or more of the risk factors known to contribute to stroke. The study of more than 16,000 people over the age of 30 who visited their doctors for any reason found that 70 per cent of them suffered from high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, diabetes or high cholesterol, or smoked. The study is published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The Daily Mirror
Quality Of Motherhood Linked To Amount Of Sleep
Older mothers are less able to cope with the demands of a family life and a career, according to a survey for Mother and Baby magazine. The poll of 1,000 mothers, whose average age was 30, found that for more than half, a chronic lack of sleep was destroying their relationships and effectiveness at work, leaving them in a 'state of despair'. Women over 35 appeared to be the most affected.
The Daily Telegraph
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