By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News One in nine Kentucky babies are born prematurely, one of the nation's highest rates – so high that the March of Dimes gave the state a "D" on its 2018 Premature Birth Report Card. A baby is premature if born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, four weeks short of full-term. In 2017, just over 11 percent of Kentucky babies were born preterm. The national average is just under 10 percent, a rate that has risen three years in a row. Because important growth and development happens during the last weeks of pregnancy, preterm babies are at an increased risk of neurologic, respiratory and digestive problems. Complications from being born early is the main cause of newborn death, says the March of Dimes. Preterm babies are also at risk for long-term challenges, including behavioral and social-emotional problems, learning difficulties, and increased risk of conditions like attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and increased risk … [Read more...] about Ky. has a high premature birth rate, but 2 programs are reducing it; one stresses home visitations; the other uses data analysis
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Story highlights A record number of STD cases were diagnosed in the US in 2017, according to preliminary CDC data This marks the fourth consecutive year of steep increases in STD rates, which has doctors concerned Experts weigh in on why STDs are on the rise and how you can stay safe (CNN)Rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed for the fourth consecutive year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington. Last year, nearly 2.3 million US cases of these sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed, according to preliminary data. That's the highest number ever reported nationwide, breaking the record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases, according to the CDC. "Sadly, it's not a surprising trend," said Rob Stephenson, a professor and director of the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the new … [Read more...] about US STD rates reach record high, CDC says
Thursday, August 16, 2018 by: Frances Bloomfield Tags: badhealth, badmedicine, C-section, Cesarean section, childbirth, heart disease, lung problems, pregnancy, premature births, women's health (Natural News) Expecting women, beware: Having your babies early can increase their risk of heart- and lung-related complications later in life. This is the warning issued by the researchers behind a recent study, which joins the growing body of work connecting premature births to health risks. Led by Dr. Isabel Ferreira of the University of Queensland, the team examined the cardiorespiratory health of 791 Northern Ireland participants with the ages of 12, 15, and 22. Cardiorespiratory fitness was defined as the body’s ability to supply oxygen to the muscles during physical activity. All of the participants were born within 37 to 42 weeks, the range for full-term pregnancies. For the purposes of their study, the team measured each participant’s maximal oxygen uptake level … [Read more...] about Don’t jack with nature: Electively shortening pregnancy causes higher risk of disease for the child
SUDDEN infant death syndrome (SIDS) sees just under 300 babies die every year in the UK. Sometimes known as "cot death", it's the name given to a condition where a seemingly healthy baby dies unexpectedly. What is sudden infant death syndrome? Most sudden and unexplained deaths happen during the first six months of a baby's life. Infants born early or with a low birthweight are usually at greater risk of the syndrome. Baby boys are usually more commonly affected by sudden infant death syndrome. It usually happens when a baby is asleep, although it can happen when they are awake. What causes sudden infant death syndrome? The exact cause is unknown, but a number of things are thought to be a factor. Experts think that it can occur at a particular stage in a baby's development - therefore babies who are vulnerable to certain stresses can be more at risk. This vulnerability could be due to being born prematurely or having a low birthweight, or for other reasons. Getting tangled in bedding, … [Read more...] about What is sudden infant death syndrome, aka SIDS, how common is cot death and what are the causes?
Few women consider the scary possibility that they might suffer a heart attack during or right after their pregnancy, but a new report shows it has become a more common reality in recent years. Along with the fact that women are having children at an older age, rising rates of obesity and diabetes may explain the increasing rates of heart attack among pregnant women, according to researchers from the New York University School of Medicine. They found that the risk of heart attack among pregnant women increased 25 percent between 2002 and 2014, with the rate rising from 7 to 9.5 for every 100,000 pregnancies in the United States. "Our analysis, the largest review in a decade, serves as an important reminder of how stressful pregnancy can be on the female body and heart, causing a lot of physiological changes, and potentially unmasking risk factors that can lead to heart attack," said senior investigator Dr. Sripal Bangalore. He is an interventional cardiologist and associate professor … [Read more...] about Here’s Why More Pregnant Women Are Having Heart Attacks