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Study Estimates Number Of US Women Potentially Impacted By Breast Density Notification Legislation

To date, the prevalence of women with high mammographic breast density in the US has been largely unknown, making the impact of notification legislation currently under consideration hard to quantify. New research by epidemiologist Brian Sprague, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, estimates the number of women in the U.S. for whom breast density notification legislation would potentially impact. Source: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Mammographically-dense breasts – those that show more breast and connective tissue versus fat in a mammogram image – are recognized as a risk factor for developing breast cancer and can also hamper an accurate reading of a mammogram. National legislation currently under consideration would require the disclosure of mammographic breast density information to women with [...]

Vitamin E intake Critical During ‘The First 1,000 Days’

Sunflower seeds and oil are a particularly good dietary source of vitamin E.
Source: Photo by Bruce Fritz, courtesy US Department of Agriculture

Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. A lifelong proper intake of vitamin E is also important, researchers [...]

Potassium-Rich Foods Cut Stroke, Death Risks Among Older Women

Peeled banana. While increasing potassium intake is probably a good idea for most older women, there are some people who have too much potassium in their blood, which can be dangerous to the heart.
Source: American Heart Association

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association‘s journal Stroke. “Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death wasn’t [...]

Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Workers

Allison Weinmann, MD, a Henry Ford Hospital Infectious Diseases physician and study co-author. Source: Henry Ford Hospital

Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination rates of 99% in the first two years of its mandatory policy, in which [...]

9/11 Dust Cloud May Have Caused Widespread Pregnancy Issues

Lower Manhattan, with the 9/11 memorial Tribute in Light shining upwards near where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood (stock image). ...
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Source: © vivalapenler / Fotolia

Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. These mothers were more likely to give birth prematurely and deliver babies with low birth weights. Their babies — especially baby boys — [...]