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Some Pregnant Women Don't Believe Cannabis Is Harmful To Their Fetus
Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review by UBC researchers.
In some cases, women perceived a lack of communication from their health care providers about the risks of cannabis as an indication that the drug is safe to use during pregnancy.
The findings are outlined in a new review, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, in which UBC researchers sought to identify the latest evidence on women's perspectives on the health aspects of cannabis use during pregnancy and post-partum and whether their perceptions influence decision-making about using the drug.
"Our research suggests that, over the past decade, more women seem to be using cannabis during pregnancy than ever before, even though evidence of its safety is limited and conflicting," said lead author Hamideh Bayrampour, assistant professor in the UBC depar
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New Online Resource From AGA And The IBD Parenthood Project, In Collaboration With Multidisciplinary Experts, Provides Guidance And Dispels Fears About Pregnancy For Women With IBD
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has announced the launch of the IBD Parenthood Project and a new online resource, which aims to address misperceptions and fears women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and their health care providers (HCPs) experience throughout all phases of family planning.
This patient-directed initiative, which was created by gastroenterologists (GIs), maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialists and patients, is led by AGA with support from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and patient support network, Girls With Guts.
Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8421651-aga-ibd-parenthood-project-pregnancy-women-with-ibd/
With proper planning and care, women with IBD can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Unfortunately, many women with
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Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms
Mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, according to a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers discovered that being mindful may be especially helpful for menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety and depression.
“In this study, we found that midlife women with higher mindfulness scores experienced fewer menopausal symptoms,” says Mayo Clinic general internist and women's health specialist Richa Sood, M.D., the study's lead author. “These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help women reduce menopausal symptoms and overall stress.”
Mindfulness involves focusing attention on the present moment, and observing thoughts and sensations without judgment. Prior research has shown practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and improve quality of life.
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Can Drinking Oolong Tea Help Prevent Breast Cancer?
In a recent study published in the journal Anticancer Research, Saint Louis University scientists, together with a visiting scientist from Fujian Medical University in China, have discovered evidence that oolong tea can lead to DNA damage of breast cancer cells and inhibit the growth and progression of tumors in the lab, potentially offering a non-toxic strategy to prevent breast cancer.
The group, led by Chunfa Huang, Ph.D., associate research professor in the department of internal medicine at Saint Louis University, studied how tea extracts affect breast cancer cell viability, observed how the cells treated with the extracts caused morphology alteration and DNA damage, and analyzed how the extract affected cancer cell colony formation and growth.
“From our results, oolong tea, much like green tea, plays a role in inhibiting breast cancer cell growth, proliferation, and tumor progres