Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 6 May 2002
Parents Fail To Understand Bedwetting
Recurrent bedwetting can me miserable for children who suffer from it. But matters are not helped by their parents, who in far too many cases fail to comprehend the underlying reasons for the problem. That is the conclusion of a new report published this week. The report is the culmination of an extensive national survey in which it was revealed that most parents are unaware that children who wet their beds may be suffering from a medical condition. Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is a recognised medical condition, which is estimated to affect half a million UK children, and in most cases it can be treated with medication. The condition can occur if urine production fails to slow down at night, if the bladder does not fill properly or if the child has difficulty waking up during the night. The survey, by BMRB International, and published as part of National Bedwetting Day on the 9th May, found nearly half of parents are prepared to ignore the problem and hope their child grows out of it.
Throw Out The Ovulation Timers – They Don’t Help
I always remember those hilarious scenes in the US movie, She’s Having A Baby, in which the main character, played by Kevin Bacon, was subjected to his wife’s obsessive pursuit of pregnancy. But hey, it doesn’t have to be that way – not according to news from the USA. Because medical scientists from across the pond have announced that there is no evidence for the theory that having sexual intercourse at certain times during ovulation increases the risk of birth defects. It has been suggested that women may be more likely to give birth to babies with physical defects or Down’s syndrome if the sperm had been in their body for a number of days before the egg was released, or if intercourse takes place too long after the egg was released. However, a major study by doctors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, say there is no significant difference in the proportion of birth defects among infants born to mothers who reported optimally timed conceptions, compared with those who had reported non-optimally timed conceptions.
The Daily Telegraph
Lots Of Pregnancies No Big Problem
If you are a couple thinking of having a big family, then there’s good news this week. A team of UK medical researchers has reported that women who give birth to five or more children are no more likely to suffer health problems during labour and childbirth than those who only have two or three. Previous research had suggested that women who have a large number of children may be at higher risk of suffering problems such as dysfunctional labour, breech births or bleeding after delivery. However, researchers from St Mary’s Hospital, in Manchester, have found no significant difference in the incidence of complications between women having delivered two to three babies in the past and those having delivered five or more. The study is published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The Daily Mail
Good Ol’ Folate
If you want to be convinced of the importance of vitamins for human health then look no further than news of new research from the USA this week. For a US nutritional study has revealed that regular consumption of vegetables high in folic acid can reduce stroke risk by 20 per cent. The chances of a heart attack or of developing high blood pressure are also smaller. Folate is thought to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system because it reduces levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to atherosclerosis. Scientists at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, say adults should take about 400 micrograms of folate a day – twice the UK recommended level. Watch me – I’m tucking into those juicy veggies whenever I get the chance.
The Daily Mail
Pressure Rises With Age When Pregnant
There seems to be a veritable plethora of research going on lately in the field of childbirth. Here in the news office we are spoilt for choice. But we think this might be of interest to many, particularly as women are tending to commence their families rather later in life than their mothers and grandmothers before them. New US research suggests that women who are pregnant for the first time aged over 35 are more at risk of life-threatening high blood pressure than women who are overweight. Researchers from the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, compared records from 1990 to 2000 of 1,784 pregnant women who had slightly increased blood pressure and divided the cases into three groups - normal, overweight and obese. Their findings show that maternal age, first-time pregnancies and earlier diagnosed blood pressure problems were strong indicators of whether elevated blood pressure would worsen to pre-eclampsia.
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