close Video Does pregnancy make you forgetful? Q&A with Dr. Manny: I’ve read that women get more forgetful when they’re pregnant. Is “pregnancy brain” a real thing? Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening complication for pregnant women worldwide. Although doctors monitor blood pressure and proteins in urine throughout pregnancy, the condition is often not diagnosed until close to delivery. The most serious cases can even cause organ damage or death due to elevated blood pressure. About 4 percent of pregnant women deal with preeclampsia in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, U.K. researchers have now found a test that could see women be diagnosed sooner, avoiding dangerous complications. OKLAHOMA DAD SUFFERS STROKE AFTER CRACKING NECK A King’s College London research team has successfully used placental growth factor (PlGF) blood testing to aid doctors in the process. … [Read more...] about New blood test diagnoses preeclampsia faster, reduces risks
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
A lifelong approach to lowering cholesterol, starting in some kids as young as 2, is the United States' best bet to lower everyone's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to updated guidelines released Saturday by the American Heart Association (AHA). "Personalized" cholesterol-fighting tactics recommended by the guidelines include: More detailed risk assessments, to help figure out a person's specific risk of heart disease, including the use of CT scans to detect hardened arteries. Harder-hitting cholesterol drugs like ezetimibe or the new, expensive class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors should be added on top of statins for high-risk people who are struggling to lower their levels. Initial cholesterol blood tests for kids between the ages of 9 and 11 to gauge their lifetime risk early, including tests for children as young as 2 with a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol. Nearly one of every three American adults have high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, which … [Read more...] about New Cholesterol Guidelines to Reduce Stroke and Heart Attack Possibility
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: November 6, 2018 at 3:27 am | UPDATED: November 6, 2018 at 11:32 am By Michael Ollove | Special to The Washington Post Over the past three decades, the world has seen a steady decline in the number of women dying from childbirth. There has been a notable outlier: the United States. Here the maternal mortality rate has been climbing, putting the United States in the unenviable company of Afghanistan, Lesotho and Swaziland as countries with rising rates. But that trend has been reversed in dramatic fashion in one state: California. The state Department of Public Health calculates that between 2006 and 2013, California lowered its maternal mortality rate by 55 percent from 16.9 to 7.3 deaths for every 100,000 live births, which translates to saving about one life in every 10,000 live births. The California rate is in line with those in Western Europe. During that same period, according to federal data, the U.S. rate rose from 13.3 to 22. The United Health … [Read more...] about A shocking number of US women still die of childbirth. California is taking action.
(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia, a condition involving dangerously high blood pressure, have more than three times higher risk of dementia later in life than women who don’t have this pregnancy complication, researchers say. A leading cause of pre-term birth, preeclampsia is an inflammatory blood vessel disorder that occurs in 2 percent to 10 percent of pregnancies, usually after 20 weeks’ gestation. In addition to high blood pressure, the condition can cause abnormally high levels of protein in the urine and fluid retention. Based on records for more than 1 million women in Denmark, researchers found the greatest increased risk for women with a history of preeclampsia was for developing so-called vascular dementia, which is thought to be caused by a series of small strokes or impaired blood supply to the brain. The risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a different type of dementia, was only slightly higher than among women with no preeclampsia … [Read more...] about Pregnancy high blood pressure linked to dementia decades later