Every five seconds a child or a Pregnant woman dies

The world is less and less mothers dying, according to the United Nations shortly before, during or after childbirth. The infant mortality rate decreases. From a recent report of the children’s Fund Unicef and the world health organization, WHO, show help that the mortality rates reached a new low. Since the year 2000, the deaths of children fell almost by […]

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Fine dust gets into the placenta

If mothers breathe during pregnancy fine dust can get through the lungs into the bloodstream and possibly to the fetus. Researchers from the Hasselt University in Belgium have shown that carbon particles on the child-facing side of the placenta. The scientists examined after delivery, the placenta tissue of ten mothers who live in a place with high air pollution and […]

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Junk food intake in children reduced by health education that addresses emotional issues

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to research to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behaviour. “Numerous studies have addressed health issues in the school setting, but most have focused […]

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Eating more plant-based foods may be linked to better heart health

Eating mostly plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods may be linked to better heart health and a lower risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “While you don’t have to give […]

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Health risks for urban kids exposed to traffic pollution, experts warn

Urban childcare centres should be built away from busy urban roads to minimise kids’ exposure to traffic pollution, experts warn. In a commentary paper published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, University of Melbourne researchers have analysed childcare locations and road vehicle density in inner-city Melbourne. The paper highlights increasing evidence that exposure to traffic-related air […]

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To assess a cell’s health, follow the glucose

A new spectroscopic technique reveals that glucose use in live cells provides valuable information about the functional status of cells, tissues, and organs. Shifts in a cell’s use of glucose can signal changes in health and progress of disease. How a cell uses glucose has long been a window on overall health. However, existing glucose-imaging tools have only been able […]

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Global burden of mental health in conflict settings

People living in countries that have experienced armed conflict are five times more likely to develop anxiety or depression, a University of Queensland research collaboration has found. UQ School of Public Health researcher Dr. Fiona J Charlson said the study, conducted with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and University of Washington, highlighted the serious effects of war on mental health. […]

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