Better designed mobile phone app boosts physical activity in women

Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling. Researchers said the findings offer important clues about how … Read more

High dose folic acid helps smoker pregnant to have better fetal growth

Women who smoked cigarettes during pregnancy and took higher-dose folic acid supplements delivered infants with better fetal growth than smokers who took standard-dose folic acid, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The 345 active smokers, who were less than 21 weeks pregnant at the start of the study, were randomized to receive 4 … Read more

Enhanced warnings for opioid pain medications

In a continuing effort to educate prescribers and patients about the potential risks related to opioid use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced required class-wide safety labeling changes for immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications. Among the changes, the FDA is requiring a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose … Read more

Food-based vitamin D during pregnancy reduces allergies in children

Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy was associated with reduced risk of development of allergies in children, according to researchers. But, this is not supplemental vitamin D intake. The research team conducted a prospective study of 1,248 mothers and their children in the United States over time, from the first trimester of … Read more

Talk therapy in psychosocial counseling reduces suicide risk substantially

Suicide risk falls substantially after talk therapy — Researchers find repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide plummet even years after treatment – Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were roughly 25 percent lower among a group of Danish people who underwent voluntary short-term psychosocial counseling after a suicide attempt, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

Secondhand smoke exposure increases asthma readmission for children in hospitals

Secondhand smoke exposure increases odds of hospital asthma readmission for children – A new study shows that exposure to secondhand smoke at home or in the car dramatically increases the odds of children being readmitted to the hospital within a year of being admitted for asthma. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, raises the possibility that measurement of tobacco exposure could be used in clinical practice to target smoking cessation efforts and reduce the likelihood of future hospitalizations.

Weight gain prevention intervention effective to prevent weight gain

Intervention appears effective to prevent weight gain among black women – An intervention not focused on weight loss was effective for weight gain prevention among socioeconomically disadvantaged black women. Promoting clinically meaningful weight loss among black women has been a challenge.

Emergency contraception prescriptions for teens

AAP Recommends Emergency Contraception Be Available to Teens – Teen pregnancies have declined over the past few decades, but the United States continues to see substantially higher teen birth rates compared to other developed countries. Use of emergency contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy if used up to 120 hours.

Exercise improves memory and thinking after stroke

Exercise improves memory, thinking after stroke, study finds – Just six months of exercise can improve memory, language, thinking and judgment problems by almost 50 per cent. Toronto researchers found that the proportion of stroke patients with at least mild cognitive impairment dropped from 66 per cent to 37 per cent during a research study on the impact of exercise on the brain.

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