Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of ADHD among children, review finds

Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of ADHD among children, review finds

Reuters (12/29) reported that women who smoke during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a review of medical studies published in Pediatrics. The review found that mothers who did smoke while pregnant “had an overall 60 percent higher risk of having a child with ADHD compared to women who didn’t smoke,” with even higher rates for heavy smokers.

Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

TIME (4/9, Sifferlin) reports research published in Circulation “suggests that even if you have a genetic risk for heart disease, there’s a simple way to combat it: Exercise.”

        HealthDay (4/9, Norton) reports that “the findings…are based on genetic data and other information collected from close to 500,000 British adults aged 40 to 69.”

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 (4/9, Boyles) reports that “greater hand grip strength, increased physical activity, and better cardiovascular fitness were all associated with reduced heart attack and stroke risk in people with and without genetic predispositions for heart disease.” The data also indicated that “among participants with an intermediate genetic risk for developing cardiovascular disease, those with the strongest grips were 36% less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 46% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF) than participants with the same genetic risk who had the weakest grips.” Meanwhile, “among participants determined to have the highest genetic risk for cardiovascular disease, the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness was associate

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Health Officials Urging People To Get Flu Vaccinations

NBC Nightly News (9/28, story 9, 0:20, Holt) reported, “Tonight, federal health officials say they are bracing for a potentially rough flu season” due to the H3N2 strain “that is popping up. Officials are urging people to get the shot before it spreads.”

USA Today (9/28, Weintraub) reports health officials are urging people to get flu shots, because it could be a particularly bad season “possibly made worse by the spate of recent hurricanes and wildfires that have disrupted medical routines and forced people into close contact at shelters.” Individuals six months of age and older “should be getting an annual flu shot, said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, at a news conference encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.”

The Washington Post (9/28, Sun) reports Secretary Price “noted that vaccination coverage has plateaued and that fewer than half of the US population was vaccinated last season.”

 

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