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CDC Report: Some Women Drink Alcohol While Pregnant

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A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed a troubling statistic: 10 percent of women who are pregnant continue to drink alcoholic beverages. The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on a survey conducted by the CDC as part of its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

On top of this finding, the study also discovered that roughly 3.1 percent of pregnant females engage in binge drinking. In terms of frequency, expectant moms experience about 4.6 binge drinking episodes in a month, which is higher than the 3.1 episodes for women who are not pregnant.

Study lead author Cheryl Tan emphasized the importance of the team’s discovery. “Women who are pregnant or might be pregnant should be aware that there is no known safe level of alcohol that can be consumed at any time during pregnancy. All types of alcohol should be avoided, including red or white wine, beer, and liquor,” Tan said in a news release.

Several studies in the past have confirmed that alcohol consumption by pregnant women increases the health risks on the fetus. Some of the risks include birth and developmental complications, premature delivery, and miscarriage. All of these health complications are summarized into one category called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


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10 Most Interesting Dog Health Products of 2015 Part 2

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We all love our dogs and want the best for the little fur babies in our lives. That’s why we preen and pamper them and try to give them the best lives possible.

To do that, though, a dog owner needs the right products, ones that will ensure the lives of their dogs are as comfortable, fun and healthy as possible. With that in mind, we look at 10 New Dog Health Products of 2015 in this two part series. These are great products to buy if you’re a pet owner or sell if you are in the pet product industry.

Here are the second five in no particular order.

  1. PetConfirm  Dog DNA Test

    PetConfirm Dog DNA Test

    Dog Breed Identification Kits

To identify the breeds of a mixed-breed dog or to authenticate the breeds in a dog, the PetConfirm Dog Breed DNA Identification Test uses a sample of your dog’s saliva to identify the breeds it consists of. It comes with a self-addressed postage paid envelope and the saliva is sent to a certified veterinary laboratory for analysis. This helps dog owners better understand the specific needs of their mixed breed dogs.


  1. Insect Shield ShirtInsect Shield Shirts and Bandanas for Dogs

Insect Shield is a technology that has been around for decades. It infuses bug repellant into fabric and the technology is now being used in a line of dog shirts and bandanas from Doggles to protect pets from fleas and ticks and other insects.


  1. Woof Pouf

    Woof Pouf

    Loofahs for Dogs

The Woof Pouf is a loofah that has shampoo beads embedded in it for bathing dogs. The ShowSheen Woof Pouf has beads that help eliminate odors, including skunk, and the UltraShield Green Woof Pouf has soap beads made from natural herbal extracts that repel fleas and ticks.


  1. FitPaws USA Bed with Stretching Poster

    FitPaws USA Bed with Stretching Poster

    Exercise Mat for Dogs

The FitPaws USA Bed with Stretching Poster is a handy bed to have if you’re out and about and don’t want your dog to have to lay on the ground. In addition to the bed, you get a poster that shows several stretches you can do with your dog to keep it healthy.


  1. RuffWear Lunker floating toy

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    Lunker Interactive Floating Toy

This brightly colored and durable RuffWear dog toy floats and comes with a rope so you can wind up and really huck it while playing fetch with your water loving dog. It’s made from recycled materials and is also recyclable itself.


Any retailers looking for new dog products to sell will find these products to be hot sellers. Or, any dog owners who want the best for their pooch’s long life will find these products to be extremely useful in providing a long, happy and healthy life for Fido and Fluffy.

[Photo courtesy of freeparking :-| on Flickr]


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Study Reveals Increased Teen Abortion Rate After Previous Pregnancy

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A comprehensive study in the U.K. revealed a startling discovery: 23 percent of teenagers who had undergone abortion were reported to have been pregnant at least once in the past.

The research was based on national abortion data from the Office of National Statistics and the Department of Health spanning 21 years (1992 to 2013). This was the first time that a potential link between teen pregnancy and teen abortion was investigated. “Our results clearly demonstrate that young women who become pregnant can be considered a high-risk group for subsequent, unplanned, mistimed, or unwanted pregnancies, emphasising the importance of embedding preventative actions and behaviours among this group after a birth or abortion,” said study lead author Lisa McDaid in a news release.

McDaid, who works at the School of Health Sciences, said that although teen pregnancy rates are slowly dipping, it’s important to determine the factors behind unwanted pregnancies. “This information will help to guide more targeted interventions to continue the downward trend in pregnancy and to monitor the effectiveness of current sexual health priorities on reducing conceptions and unwanted pregnancies among this age group,” McDaid added.

The researchers emphasize the importance of understanding female teens who decide to have an abortion. “The continuing high proportion of teenagers who have an abortion following one or more previous pregnancies highlights the complexity of these young women’s lives and we need to recognise that the circumstances of each pregnancy may be very different,” McDaid further stated.

Details of the study were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.


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Diabetes Risk Heightened By Daytime Sleepiness and Excessive Napping

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If you’re feeling sleepy throughout the day or you feel like taking long naps in the afternoon, be warned that this may increase your risk of developing diabetes.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan evaluated a potential link of long naps and excessive sleepiness during the day to type 2 diabetes. Their study was based on earlier research about sleeping behaviors throughout the day.

Based on the meta-analysis on more than 260,000 cases involved in 10 studies, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increased by 56 percent for people who experienced daytime sleepiness. Meanwhile, an increase of 46 percent in diabetes risk was exhibited in those who took naps longer than an hour. “Excessive daytime sleepiness and taking longer naps were associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, with a short nap not increasing this risk,” the researchers said in a news item.

Results of the study support the long-standing belief that type 2 diabetes may be influenced by lifestyle choices, including low physical activity. Another possible reason behind the link between diabetes and long naps is insufficient or poor quality sleep at night. The latter — referred to as obstructive sleep apnea — has been proven in previous studies to be linked to cardiovascular diseases, which share similar risk factors with diabetes.

The study was presented in Stockholm, Sweden during the 51st Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.


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Obesity and Low Physical Activity May Lead To Poor Heart Health in Children

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Cardiovascular diseases are caused by a number of factors, including stiffness of arterial walls. This particular risk factor was identified by a recent study to manifest in children who are either overweight or sedentary.

The study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland used data from the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study to look into the health of 160 kids between 6 and 8 years old.

Researchers were able to pinpoint the advantage of an active lifestyle and low body fat for children in terms of heart health. According to a news item, the study revealed that the arterial walls of kids who engaged in regular exercise or activity are more flexible than those who preferred to live a sedentary lifestyle. The same trend goes for kids whose weights are within normal limits. This means that these kids have less risk of developing cardiovascular diseases as they grow up into adulthood.

In related news, the PANIC study also confirmed the importance of active living and proper weight management in preventing children from developing Type 2 Diabetes when they become adults.

Results of the study were published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.


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10 Most Interesting Dog Health Products of 2015, Part 1

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We all love our dogs and want the best for the little fur babies in our lives. That’s why we preen and pamper them and try to give them the best lives possible.

To do that, though, a dog owner needs the right products, ones that will ensure the lives of their dogs are as comfortable, fun and healthy as possible. With that in mind, we look at 10 New Dog Health Products of 2015 in this two part series. These are great products to buy if you’re a pet owner or to sell if you are in the pet product industry.

Here are the first five in no particular order.




From Sukia Pet Toys, the WATERBONE hooks up to your water hose and keeps your dog hydrated as it plays with the toy. It also keeps your dog’s teeth healthy because it prevents your dog from chewing on the garden hose, which is bad for a dog’s teeth. The toy is made from durable, non-toxic and recycled material.


  1. Dog Trick training

    Kyra Sundance Dog Tricks Kits

    Dog Training Kits

Teach even an old dog new tricks with dog training kits. Created by a master dog trainer, Kyra Sundance Dog Tricks Kits walk you through how to teach your dog tricks or train it to not bark when the doorbell rings and even how to alert you when it needs to go out by using bells.


  1. iFetch



Consisting of a sleek little machine with three settings and a trio of balls, this device lets dogs essentially play fetch with themselves. The dogs take a ball and put it into the iFetch and it shoots the balls out for them to chase down and put back into the machine to do it again. The settings are 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet.


  1. RuffWear Swamp Cooler

    RuffWear Swamp Cooler

    Cooling Jacket

The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler is a cooling jacket for dogs that soaks up moisture and special technology helps it pull heat from a dog’s body as the moisture evaporates.



  1. PetConfirm General Wellness Test for Dogs and Cats

    PetConfirm General Wellness Test for Dogs and Cats

    Instant Health Tests for Dogs You Can Do at Home

The PetConfirm General Wellness Testing Kit for Dogs contains three separate tests that screen your dog’s urine for signs of urinary tract infection, diabetes and kidney failure. The results are available in two minutes.

Any retailers looking for new dog products to sell will find these products to be hot sellers. Or, any dog owners who want the best for their pooch’s long life will find these products to be extremely useful in providing a long, happy and healthy life for Fido and Fluffy.

[Photo courtesy of Rennet Stowe on Flickr]

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Marijuana Use Increases Risk Of Prediabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes has been linked to several factors, but a recent study revealed that the risk of prediabetes is heightened by use of marijuana.

According to a new study published in the journal Diabetologia, people who have used marijuana either in the past or continuously have a higher likelihood of developing prediabetes, which could later on become Type 2 Diabetes. The results were based on the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, where more than 3,000 participants between 18 and 30 years of age were recruited in 1985 and monitored continually on a yearly basis.

Results showed that people who currently use marijuana have a 65 percent higher likelihood of developing prediabetes compared to those who never used cannabis. However, the researchers found no link between marijuana use and Type 2 Diabetes. “It is unclear how marijuana use could place an individual at increased risk for prediabetes yet not diabetes,” the researchers said in a news release.

In addition, the study also discovered a trend for people who admitted to have used marijuana more than 100 times before they reached adulthood. “Occurrence of prediabetes in middle adulthood was significantly elevated for individuals who reported using marijuana in excess of 100 times by young adulthood,” the research team added.


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Interview with Clare Waismann Registered Addiction Specialist at Waismann Method Medical Group

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Clare WaismannWe recently sat down with Clare Waismann, a registered addiction specialist with the Waismann Method Group to talk about the trends she is seeing in opiate addiction and how the Waismann Method helps people break their addiction to opiate painkillers and heroin.

Waismann said one of the biggest trends she is seeing in opiate addiction is that people who initially get addicted to prescription painkillers are switching to heroin because it is abundantly available. This includes people who would never have thought about taking an illegal drug.

The addictions specialist also said some people’s tolerance for opiate drugs is at an alarming level, as they seem more willing to take a risk to get high. In fact, she is seeing tolerance levels unlike anything she’s seen before in decades of treatment.

To read more about what Waismann has to say about synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse in the workplace and among veterans, plus what makes the Waismann method effective in treating opiate addiction, click here to read the full interview.



Plant Compound May Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer in Women Under Hormone Replacement Therapy

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A number of women under post-menopausal stage undergo hormone replacement therapy by taking a combination of estrogen and progesterone. However, this treatment increases the risk of these women to develop breast cancer tumors. A new study aims to send hope to post-menopausal females through a recently identified natural compound that combats the effects of tumor-causing hormones.

The breakthrough compound is called luteolin, a naturally-occuring substance found in some plants — parsley, thyme, broccoli, and celery, to name a few. A team of researchers from the University of Missouri led by Salman Hyder discovered that the compound inhibits the connection of blood vessels in a woman’s breast tissue to cancer cells.

Laboratory tests were done in-vitro on human breast cancer cells, as well as on mice with breast cancer. Both tests showed that luteolin exhibited anti-tumor characteristics.

“Research has proven that a higher incidence of breast cancer tumors can occur in women receiving therapies that involve a combination of the natural component estrogen and the synthetic progestin,” said Hyder in a news item. With the discovery of luteolin and its promising advantages to human health, the researchers believe that more studies should be conducted to develop the compound as a real treatment option. “We feel that luteolin can be effective when injected directly into the bloodstream, so IV supplements may still be a possibility,” Hyder said.

While the compound has not yet been studied in great detail, Hyder believes that women can benefit from a healthy diet. “Until the supplement is tested for safety and commercialized, which we hope will happen after further testing and clinical trials, women should continue consuming a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.”


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Women Quit Smoking During Pregnancy, But Return After Childbirth

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A team of researchers from the U.K.’s University of East Anglia discovered that pregnant mothers who stopped smoking tend to return to their unhealthy habit after giving birth.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, revealed that 75 percent of pregnant women who decided to stop smoking took it up again within six months after childbirth. In addition, up to 90 percent of these women returned to smoking within a year after delivering the child.

The research team led by Dr. Caitlin Notley said in a news release that 45 percent of expectant mothers are able to immediately kick the habit due to many factors, including preservation of the baby’s health, natural opposition to cigarette smoke due to biological changes, and the pressures of society. However, many of them return to smoking because of the following reasons:

  • Misconception. Most women think that smoking after giving birth won’t harm the baby.
  • Stress. Due to the pressures of parenthood, some mothers relapse to pick up a cigarette.
  • Withdrawal. Some women feel that their bodies are experiencing withdrawal symptoms caused by not having smoked for a while.

Some women, meanwhile, understood the potential effect of cigarette smoking on breast milk. As a result, a number of them decided to wean their babies earlier so that they could start smoking again.

The study investigated the cases of more than 1,000 women in the U.S. and Canada across 16 studies to evaluate the tendency to smoke again after pregnancy.