Epidurals ought to be administered to laboring women when they ask for them, according to research conducted at Department of Women's Anaesthesia at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, surveyed data on 15,752 first time mothers, finding that injections given in the first stage of labor made for no additional birth complications.
Life expectancy in the U.S. reached a record high in 2012, according to research conducted by the CDC. The report found that compared to 2011 to 2012 the life expectancy at birth increased from 78.7 years to 78.8 years. For women, the life expectancy stood at 81.2 years, while men would average a life span of 76.4 years. The 4.8 year difference is the same as that reported in 2011.
Teens who send sexually oriented texts, or sexts, may experience a greater likelihood of engaging in sexual activity, according to research conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on an ethnically diverse group of adolescent students from Southeast Texas over a six-year period.
A free program that offered birth control to women aged 15 to 19 helped to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate by 79 percent over five years and cut the abortion rate by 77 percent, according to a new study. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, featured teens who sought contraceptive services through a clinic and who were told about various types of birth control.
New research shows that those who abuse painkillers are not properly prepared to handle an overdose. The research, published their findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, showed that most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options. The study featured in-depth interviews among 46 users aged 18 to 32. All were residents of New York City.
Acupuncture may not be effective in treating chronic knee pain, a new study finds. Researchers studied the effects of administering either needle acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser and compared it to patients receiving no treatment at all for knee pain. They found that, among the 300 study participants, the patients receiving any kind of acupuncture reported the same reduction.
Those with abnormally large tongues may be at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The study published in the journal Sleep, collected data on 90 obese adults with sleep apnea and 31 obese adults without the disorder. Obese participants with sleep apnea had significantly greater tongue volumes.
Black mothers who choose to not breastfeed may be at a higher risk of breast cancer than those who do, according to research conducted at Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, surveyed data on nearly 3,700 black breast cancer patients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are the preferred methods of birth control for teenage girls. The new recommendations, published in the journal Pediatrics, notes that these methods should be the first offered to girls who choose not to remain celibate.
Fear of job loss may increase the risk factor of developing asthma, according to research conducted at the Germany's Düsseldorf University Hospital.
CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.
New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from Mashable.com and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington.
Routine use of artificial sweeteners may be linked with increased diabetes risk, according to a new study from researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. For the study the researchers conducted experiments on the gut microbes found in both humans and mice. They examined the effects of artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and saccharine.
A new urine test could help detect the presence of HPV, according to a new study from researchers at the Women's Health Research Unit at the Blizard Institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 14 previous studies involving 1,443 women.
Performing Kegel exercises could help treat bladder incontinence, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The exercises including a series of movements designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may provide a non-drug option for some patients. The American College of Physicians has included Kegel exercises in their guidelines as a treatment option for UI.