Monthly Archives: February 2014
Could it be adhesions?
Adhesions are bands of scar-like tissue. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces so they can shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. They can occur anywhere in the body. But they … Continue reading
Men, check your underwear!
Forgive our impertinence, but we’re not joking. Research has verified that there has been a global decline in human sperm counts over the past few decades, and a decline in fertility rates in the industrialized world. And one of the … Continue reading
Could it be fibroids?
A common cause of infertility is uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, many women with fibroids have no symptoms. So it’s important for all women to know their risks and to recognize the signs that might indicate they have the condition. Uterine fibroids … Continue reading
Are e-cigarettes safe?
If you made quitting smoking one of your New Year’s resolutions, good for you! Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of disease in the United States. Many people are trying e-cigarettes to help them quit. But beware. The jury … Continue reading
More warnings against BPA
The chemical BPA (bisphenol A), found in many plastics, has been linked to a lot of health problems. Here’s another one specifically for pregnant women. A study in mice has found that exposing male fetuses to BPA could lead to … Continue reading
Alcohol vs. your baby’s health
It has long been understood that any amount of alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to the growing fetus. Now, scientists have seen how drinking alcohol in pregnancy can lead to heart defects at the baby’s birth. They found a … Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if someone special gives you chocolate, don’t be afraid to indulge. Several scientific studies suggest that eating chocolate during your pregnancy may actually be good for both you and your developing baby. A study … Continue reading
Pregnant? Get your vitamin D
Want to help your child develop stronger muscles? Then increase your intake of vitamin D when you’re pregnant. That’s the takeaway from new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. It finds that mothers who have a higher intake … Continue reading
Nuts to you!
Nut allergies have been on the rise over the past few years, for unclear reasons. New research in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finds that pregnant women who are not allergic to the nuts or legumes and who eat more of … Continue reading
A breakthrough in IVF success?
A new tool may help double the chances that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is successful for couples that pursue this reproductive treatment option. Researchers in China and the United States have shown, in a recent issue of the journal Cell, … Continue reading