Daily Archives: February 18, 2012

Soft Drinks Increase Risk For Asthma, Respiratory Problems

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Even soda lovers know that drinking too much soda is bad for the health. If you’re in the habit of drinking a lot of soda, you may become overweight and develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems and a host of other ailments.

Now new findings from an Australian study suggest that drinking soda regularly might raise the risk for respiratory problems like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study was published in the Feb. 7 issue of the journal Respirology.

This seems an odd relationship, since soft drinks aren’t processed by your lungs when you drink them, but rather by your digestive system. But study authors say one reason may be that soda is linked to an increased risk for obesity, which in turn raises risk for asthma and COPD.

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Chemo During Pregnancy: Possible? Health Risks & Side Effects?

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Chemo in pregnancy? Yes, it can be done, study says. It’s an undeniable trend: across the world, a rising number of women today are choosing to delay pregnancy, even in the once-traditional societies of East, South and West Asia.

For the most part, the decision is a good one: it grants women the time, energy and power to build their careers and finances, and prepare for a more financially and emotionally stable family.

Many extraordinary advances in medicine, too, have made it easier for women to get pregnant and have a safe pregnancy later in life. But women of advanced maternal age still have a higher risk for difficult pregnancies and labor, miscarriage, placenta problems, and high blood pressure and diabetes, than younger women.

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Economy Class DVT Syndrome: True or False? Prevention & Risk Factors

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Economy class’ DVT syndrome is nothing buy a myth . Sitting in a cramped budget seat in a plane’s economy class on a long-haul flight increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Right?

Wrong, the United Kingdom’s national health provider says, finally debunking the long-held medical myth.

For quite some time now, some frequent flyers have tried to avoid economy class seats in a bid to avoid the supposed “economy-class syndrome” — in which a passenger in an economy class seat was supposedly to be more prone to developing deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in the deep veins of the thighs or pelvis.

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