Do economic conditions affect pregnancy outcomes?

Economic downturn during early pregnancy was linked with modest increases in preterm birth in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analysis. For the analysis, researchers examined a dataset of all singleton births in Michigan from 1990-2012. Each one percentage point increase in state unemployment in the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with a modest 3%…

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Study reveals bias in children even before they reach kindergarten

In a Developmental Science study of preschool-aged children, implicit and explicit evaluations of Black boys were less positive than evaluations of Black girls, White boys, or White girls. This «gendered racial bias» was exhibited by both White and non-White children and was not correlated with their exposure to diversity. It also mirrors social bias observed…

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Free lung cancer screening program builds valuable relationships with patients

IMAGE: This is Dr. Carsten Schroeder. view more  Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University Augusta, Ga. (Jan. 24, 2019) — A free, simple screening for lung cancer can save a patient money, while building a healthy relationship for any medical needs they may have in the future. The research, published in the Annals of Thoracic…

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Positive self belief key to recovery from shoulder pain

People are more likely to recover from shoulder pain if they have the confidence to carry on doing most things, despite their pain — according to new research from the University of East Anglia and University of Hertfordshire. Researchers studied more than 1,000 people undergoing physiotherapy for shoulder pain. They found that those who expected…

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Zinc deficiency may play a role in high blood pressure

Rockville, Md. (January 24, 2019)—Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to high blood pressure (hypertension) by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology. Zinc deficiency is common in people with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. People…

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wedding album: What Do You Wish You Knew Before Planning Your Wedding?

Image CreditCraig Dilger for The New York Times Looking back on your wedding day, you may have done a few things differently had you known what you know now about wedding planning. Like, the importance of choosing the right space, hiring the perfect makeup artist and even selecting a legal officiant. We’d love to hear…

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How to Stop Rogue Gene-Editing of Human Embryos?

A year ago, Dr. Matthew Porteus, a genetics researcher at Stanford, received an out-of-the-blue email from a young Chinese scientist, asking to meet. A few weeks later, the scientist, He Jiankui, arrived in his office and dropped a bombshell. He said he had approval from a Chinese ethics board to create pregnancies using human embryos…

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