Prenatal Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Asthma, Allergies in Children

 by David Gutierrez (NaturalNews ) Women who eat a Mediterranean diet while pregnant appear to reduce their children’s risk of developing allergies and asthma, while those who eat more red meat appear to increase it, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Crete, Greece, and published in the journal Thorax. Researchers […]

Pregnancy and Gestational Vitamin D Deficiency

In the last 10 years, an increasing amount of research suggests that some of the damage done by Vitamin D deficiency is done in-utero, while the fetus is developing. Much of that damage may be permanent, that is, it can not be fully reversed by taking Vitamin D after birth. This research indicates Vitamin D […]

Vitamin A and Pregnancy

 Vitamin A – what is it and what does it do ? Vitamin A (retinol, retinal, retinoic acid) is found in apricots, carrots (through its precursor betacarotene), fish liver oils (cod, salmon, halibut), green leafy vegetables, kohlrabi, liver, mint, egg yolk. It is a fat soluble antioxidant and therefore requires fats for proper assimilation and […]

Maternal Exposure To Folic Acid Antagonists

    ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2008) — Exposure to folic acid antagonists during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of placenta-mediated adverse outcomes such as preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction or fetal death reports a retrospective cohort study.Folic acid antagonists include a broad range of drugs used to treat epilepsy, mood disorders, hypertension […]

New Guidelines Double Amount Of Recommended Vitamin D For Young

   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is doubling the amount of vitamin D it recommends for infants, children and adolescents. The new clinical report, “Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children, and Adolescents,” recommends all children receive 400 IU a day of vitamin D, beginning in the first few days of […]

Soothing Music Reduces Stress, Anxiety And Depression During Pregnancy

  ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2008) — Music therapy can reduce psychological stress among pregnant women, according to research just published in a special complementary and alternative therapy medicine issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing. Researchers from the College of Nursing at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, randomly assigned 116 pregnant women to a music […]

Pesticides Linked to Miscarriage

  About 19,000 foetal deaths occur in the United States each year, and the causes remain a significant public health problem. Among known risk factors are smoking, advanced age among pregnant women and previous history of fettle deaths. In the past, few epidemiological studies of pesticide exposure and birth defects have considered timing of possible […]

Soy reduces sperm count, says study

  Herald-Sun, Melbourne, Australia  From correspondents in Washington July 30, 2008 09:22am   EATING or drinking a lot of products containing soy and isoflavones can result in reduced sperm count among men, a Harvard study has shown. “There has been a lot of interest on whether soy affects fertility because many studies in animals suggest […]