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Number Of Births May Affect Mom’s Future Heart Health, UT Southwestern Cardiologists Find

Cardiologist Dr. Monika Sanghavi, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, found that women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease.
Source: UT Southwestern

Women who give birth to four or more children are more likely to have cardiovascular changes that can be early indicators of heart disease than women who have fewer children, new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists finds. “This study adds to a body of evidence that pregnancy, which generally occurs early in a [...]

Serious Risks From Common IV Devices Mean Doctors Should Choose Carefully, U-M Experts Say

A PICC line, inserted in the arm, allows direct access to the bloodstream in the center of the body, to deliver medicine or nutrition and to allow blood to be drawn over the course of days or weeks. Source: University of MIchigan

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they’re called, also raise the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots. Now, a University of Michigan Medical School team [...]

MSU Doctors’ Discovery Of How Malaria Kills Children Will Lead To Life-Saving Treatments

Source: Dick Jone Communications

Malaria kills a child every minute. While medical researchers have successfully developed effective drugs to kill the malaria parasite, efforts to treat the effects of the disease have not been as successful. But that soon may change. In a groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Michigan State University’s Dr. Terrie Taylor [...]

Detecting Cyanide Poisoning In 70 Seconds

South Dakota State University associate professor Brian Logue, right, watches as postdoctoral researcher Randy Jackson fills the wells in the cyanide sensor cartridge with chemical reagents—an acid, a base and a fluorescent agent. Each cartridge can determine the cyanide level in a sample of either blood or water. Source: Photo by Emily Weber

A victim of cyanide poisoning can die within 30 minutes. The diagnostic test to determine cyanide exposure takes 24 hours. According to US Department of Health recommendations, “any delay to draw blood or collect urine could endanger patient welfare.” That’s why medical personnel simply treat the patient when dealing with a possible case of cyanide [...]

Evolution Of Childbirth: Wider Hips Don’t Make Locomotion Easier, So Why Is Labor So Hard?

Pregnant woman (stock image). The argument, known as the "obstetrical dilemma," suggests that for millions of years female humans and their bipedal ancestors have faced an evolutionary trade-off in which selection for wider hips for childbirth has been countered by selection for narrower hips for efficient locomotion.
Source: © Alexander Egorin / Fotolia

Among the facts so widely assumed that they are rarely, if ever studied, is the notion that wider hips make women less efficient when they walk and run. For decades, this assumed relationship has been used to explain why women don’t have wider hips, which would make childbirth easier and less dangerous. The argument, known [...]

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