High PCBs levels in early pregnancy associated with greater risk

Women exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in early pregnancy have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, new research from Greece suggests.
These findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting there is an association between these chemicals, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and metabolic health issues.
“As countries around the world, including Greece, deal with an increasing prevalence of gestational diabetes, the findings are important from a public health perspective as knowledge of environmental risk factors could help to reverse this trend,” the study [...]

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens’ Mental Health

Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests.
British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health.
“Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this,” said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the [...]

Eating Fish Can Help Ward Off Depression?

Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers.
Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those who ate the least.
“Studies we reviewed indicated that high fish consumption can reduce the incidence of depression, which may indicate a potential causal relationship between fish consumption and depression,” said lead researcher Fang Li, of the department of epidemiology and health statistics at the Medical College of Qingdao University in China.
But this association was [...]

Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids’ Grades

When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems — such as sleep apnea — they may struggle in school, new research suggests.
“Sleep apnea may not be directly causing academic problems,” said study lead author Barbara Galland, a research associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
“Instead, sleep apnea may interfere with getting a good night’s sleep, which may, in turn, contribute to children having a hard time paying attention and being less ready to learn and perform academically during the day,” she said.
Sleep apnea [...]

Forgiveness May Boost Older Women’s Moods

The old adage that forgiveness is divine may be true for older women, but it may always not make men feel any better, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that older women who forgave others were less likely to be depressed. And, that was true even if they felt unforgiven by others. However, men who forgave others, but also felt unforgiven had the highest levels of depression, the study revealed.
The research stemmed from a survey of more than 1,000 American adults. The study participants were all aged 67 [...]

Quitting Smoking After MS Diagnosis May Delay Disease Progression

Multiple sclerosis progresses faster in people who continue to smoke compared to smokers who quit after their diagnosis, a new study finds.
“This study demonstrates that smoking after MS diagnosis has a negative impact on the progression of the disease, whereas reduced smoking may improve patient quality of life, with more years before [progression to secondary disease],” wrote Dr. Jan Hillert, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and colleagues.
“Evidence clearly supports advising patients with MS who smoke to quit. Health care services for patients with MS should be organized [...]

Trying E-Cigarettes May Lead to Smoking, Study Suggests

Young people who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to become smokers than those who don’t, a new study reports.
More than one-third of teens and young adults who tried the battery-powered devices wound up smoking tobacco within one year, even though they had said they would never be interested in smoking, according to the results of a nationwide survey.
By comparison, only 10 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes ended up becoming smokers, researchers reported in the Sept. 8 online issue of JAMA Pediatrics.
The results line up with [...]

Kids’ ER Visits for Medicine Overdoses Dropping: Report

Fewer children are winding up in emergency rooms for accidental poisonings involving commonly used medications, a new U.S. government study finds.
“We think these declines are real,” said lead researcher Maribeth Lovegrove, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of healthcare quality promotion.
Between 2004 and 2013, approximately 640,000 children aged 5 and younger were seen in emergency rooms for ingesting drugs. Of these, 70 percent were 1- or 2-year-olds, and nearly one in five were hospitalized, according to the report.
The number of pediatric emergency room visits [...]

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