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Major Medical Groups Increasingly Warning Of Toxic Chemical Risks To Unborn Babies

During her five-and-a-half-year battle with infertility, Julieta Pisani McCarthy bought organic foods and chose personal care products free of synthetic ingredients such as parabens and phthalates. And when she finally did become pregnant with her first son, Nicolas, she continued her diligence, including ridding her home of any furniture foam that might contain chemical flame retardants. McCarthy worried that environmental chemicals could have contributed to her difficulty conceiving. Once pregnant, she worried that toxins could harm her child's healthy development. Such fears are shared by many Americans. More than 80 percent of those polled in 2009 were concerned about the lack of safety testing for chemicals on the market in the U.S. Yet McCarthy didn't find her doctors forthcoming when she posed questions about pollutants, such as PCBs and pesticides, which have been found in nearly all samples of breast milk and cord blood, per studies from the University of California, Berkeley; the nonprofit Environmental Working Group; researchers in Quebec and others.  "When I asked my doctors — from my regular OB/GYN to top-notch research center reproductive endocrinologists — they were all very hesitant to give me any answers," McCarthy, 40, of Berkeley, California, told The Huffington Post as she prepared a party for Nicolas' sixth birthday in early October. A...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences - Category: General Medicine Tags: Bosn J Basic Med Sci Source Type: research
Abstract Objective: Fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) for hemoglobin in stool are increasingly used for colorectal cancer screening. Reported sensitivities and specificities have strongly varied between studies, but it is unclear to what extent such variation reflects differences between tests or between study population characteristics. We aimed to evaluate the key parameters of FIT performance for detecting advanced neoplasia (AN) according to sex and age. Methods: Sex- and age-specific sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values (PPVs) and negative predictive values (NPVs) for detecting AN of a qu...
Source: Clinical Colorectal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Epidemiol Source Type: research
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Source: Psychiatry Investigation - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Investig Source Type: research
This study was aimed at exploring anxiety and depression and the associated factors in patients with permanent AF. Materials and Methods. The sample of the study included 170 AF patients. Data collection was performed by the method of interview using the "Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale" (HADS) to assess anxiety and depression and a questionnaire including patients' characteristics. Results. 70% of the participants were men, and 32.4% were above 70 years old. Furthermore, 34.9% of the patients had high levels of anxiety, and 20.2% had high levels of depression. Anxiety levels were statistically significantl...
Source: Cardiology Research and Practice - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiol Res Pract Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Asthma - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Asthma Source Type: research
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Source: Free Radical Research - Category: Research Tags: Free Radic Res Source Type: research
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Source: Free Radical Research - Category: Research Tags: Free Radic Res Source Type: research
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