Longer maternity leaves lower women’s risk of postpartum depression

The more leave time from work that a woman takes after giving birth — up to six months — the better protected she will be from experiencing post-partum depression, according to a study led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Pregnancy […]

Fruit may lower diabetes risk while juice may raise it

“New diet to beat diabetes: Fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter,” the Daily Express reports, while also warning that “drinking fruit juice actually increases the risk”. This report is based on three large studies of health professionals in the US. Researchers found that eating at least three servings a week of whole fruits was […]

Paracetamol ‘doesn’t work’ for lower back pain

“Paracetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill,” BBC News reports. A well-conducted trial casts doubts on the widespread recommendation that paracetamol is an effective treatment for lower back pain. It reports on a randomised double-blind controlled trial of people with acute low back pain. All participants were told […]

Newborns exposed to dirt, dander, germs may have lower allergy, asthma risk

Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a recent study. Those who encounter such substances before their first birthdays seem to benefit rather than suffer from […]

Fluoridating water does not lower IQ, study concludes

Fluoridating water does not adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ, new research concludes. The researchers were testing the contentious claim that exposure to levels of fluoride used in community water fluoridation is toxic to the developing brain and can cause IQ deficits. “Our findings will hopefully help to put another nail in the […]

Lower birth weight, less breastfeeding linked to adult inflammation and disease

Individuals born at lower birth weights as well as those breastfed less than three months or not at all are more likely as young adults to have higher levels of chronic inflammation that… Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

‘Silver surfers’ may have lower depression risk

"Silver surfers are happier than techno-foges [sic]: Internet use cuts elderly depression rates by 30 per cent," the Mail Online reports after the results of a US study have suggested that regular internet use may help combat feelings of isolation and depression in older adults. In this study, 3,075 retired people were surveyed every two […]

Obese 11-year-old girls ‘get lower school grades’

“Study links obesity in teenage girls with lower academic results,” BBC News reports. Previous studies have reported that child and adolescent obesity has a wide variety of adverse consequences in both the short and long term. A large study of UK secondary school pupils has now looked at whether being overweight or obese at the […]

Commuting ‘can lower your sense of wellbeing’

“It’s official: Commuting to work makes you miserable,” the Daily Mail reports. A new report compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that daily commuting took a toll on most commuters’ sense of wellbeing. The ONS said that commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their activities are worthwhile, are […]

Breastfeeding associated with lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to new study

In a new study of over 7,000 older Chinese women published online today in the journal Rheumatology, breastfeeding – especially for a longer duration – is shown to be associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Specifically, it showed that women who had breastfed their children were around half as likely to have […]