- Women Prescribed Drugs Linked To Birth Defects Not Often Advised To Use Birth Control
Although prescription medications that may increase the risk of birth defects are commonly used by women in their childbearing years, only about half receive contraceptive counseling from their health care providers, according to a large-scale study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported in the Sept. 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
- Skin Cooling Associated With Increased Risk Of Discoloration After Laser Treatment
A cooling technique intended to protect the skin may actually increase the risk of discoloration in dark-skinned patients undergoing laser treatments for mole-like skin lesions, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
- Certain Tonsil Removal Technique Associated With Reduced Postoperative Pain, Bleeding
Patients who have a tonsillectomy using an “intracapsular” technique—which removes at least 90 percent of tonsil tissue, but spares the tonsil capsule—appear to have less postoperative heavy bleeding and pain compared with those who undergo traditional tonsil removal surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
- Shaking May Cause Brain Damage And Serious Long-Term Effects To Infants
Crying is the only way a baby can express its feelings and needs. If the parents or caregivers cannot find the cause of the inconsolable crying of the infant, they might react sharply and shake the baby. The violent shake of the infant’s head causes brain damage and, as a result, the infant stops crying.
- Women More Depressed And Men More Impulsive With Reduced Serotonin Functioning
Women and men appear to respond differently to the same biochemical manipulation. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders, and it is also one of the most studied. It is already known that reduced serotonin transmission contributes to the pathophysiology, or functional changes, associated with MDD and most of today’s most popular antidepressants block the serotonin “uptake site”, also known as the transporter, in the brain.
- Newly Discovered Fatty Acids May Lead To Novel Treatments For Copd And Asthma
Eoxins may be another piece in the puzzle helping us to understand the mechanism for airway inflammation. The discovery could pave the way for new medicines addressing respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.
- Female Hormones And Lung Health: Respiratory Symptoms Are More Frequent During Menopause, Oestrogens Play A Role In Protecting The Lungs
It appears that, in both overweight and lean or thin women, the menopause brings a sharp increase in respiratory symptoms and a worsening of lung function.