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Reports that antibacterials in pregnancy are 'harmful' unfounded

Conclusion This experimental study in mice demonstrates the ability of TCC, a substance found in some antibacterial soaps, to transfer from mother to baby across the placenta and through breast milk. Moreover, this had signs of developmental effects on new-born mice, reducing brain size. It also increased body weight, which was associated with poorer fat metabolism in the female mice. This research adds to the body of research suggesting that triclocarban, like the antiseptic triclosan, has potentially harmful effects and should not be used in consumer products. However, the study was carried out on mice and they are not biologically identical to people. TCC was also given directly through daily drinking water. The dose given was said to be similar to that found in US water supplies – however, the authors did say it is a common contaminant of wastewater. They didn't say anything about levels in household drinking water supplies. Therefore it is not completely clear from the study how relevant this dose is. Also, the levels in US water supplies may not be relevant to the UK. Even if it is similar to our exposure – through water, soap or otherwise – the effects to human foetus and new-born development might not be as severe, if it has any effect at all. TCC is being phased out of products. If you are pregnant or breast feeding and are concerned about potential exposure, there are a range of soaps and other products out there that do not contain...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

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ConclusionsThis study showed a 7.2% increase in overweight and obesity (BMI≥25) and a 16.4% increase in obesity alone (BMI≥30) for pregnant women in Denmark from 2004 to 2012. In addition, an increase in interpregnancy BMI was seen at every additional delivery, suggesting obesity to be an increasing challenge in obstetrics.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
ery D Abstract INTRODUCTION: Obesity impairs the quality of ultrasound images. All ultrasound scanners are calibrated for an ultrasound propagation velocity of 1540 m/s, although the propagation in fatty tissue is slower (1450 m/s). Our objective was to evaluate the quality of images obtained considering various ultrasound propagation velocities, in situation of mid-trimester fetal scans in obese women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study collected image triplets of four recommended scanning planes from 32 obese pregnant women at their mid-trimester fetal scan. Each of them was built with images...
Source: The Ultrasound Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
ABSTRACT IntroductionObesity impairs the quality of ultrasound images. All ultrasound scanners are calibrated for an ultrasound propagation velocity of 1540 m/s, although the propagation in fatty tissue is slower (1450 m/s). Our objective was to evaluate the quality of images obtained considering various ultrasound propagation velocities, in situation of mid‐trimester fetal scans in obese women. Materials and methodsThis cross‐sectional study collected image triplets of four recommended scanning planes from 32 obese pregnant women at their mid‐trimester fetal scan. Each of them was built with images obtained at three...
Source: Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
Author Affiliations open 1Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA 2Social &Scientific Systems, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, USA 3Westat, Durham, North Carolina, USA 4Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 5Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch, NIEHS, NIH, DHHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA PDF Version (548 KB) Abstract About This Article Supplemental Material Bac...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
ConclusionsPrepregnancy BMI ≥ 30 was an independent risk factor for delivery by emergency cesarean section for both primiparous and parous women.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our results link transportation noise exposure to development of obesity and suggest that combined exposure from different sources may be particularly harmful. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1910 Received: 17 March 2017 Revised: 5 October 2017 Accepted: 9 October 2017 Published: 20 November 2017 Address correspondence to A. Pyko, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. Telephone: 46(0) 852487561. Email: Andrei.pyko@ki.se Supplemental Material is available online (https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1910). The authors declare they have no actual or potential competing fina...
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Conclusions: Concentrations of MnBP, MBzP and MEHP similar to those found in the urine of pregnant women consistently altered hCG and PPARγ expression in primary placental cells. These findings provide evidence for the molecular basis by which phthalates may alter placental function, and they provide a preliminary mechanistic hypothesis for opposite responses by sex. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1539 Received: 23 December 2016 Revised: 6 September 2017 Accepted: 18 September 2017 Published: 31 October 2017 Address correspondence to J.J. Adibi, 130 Desoto Street, Parran Hall 5132, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 USA. Telephone...
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ConclusionsThis systematic review identified limited evidence that women with increased body size are more likely to present with DFM but do not have impaired perception of fetal movements. In women with DFM, increased body size is associated with worse pregnancy outcome, including stillbirth.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Systematic review Source Type: research
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of your body fat percentage. And based on the results, you are labeled normal, overweight or obese.   But BMI can give you some crazy results. Using this measurement, I’m considered obese. And so is NFL superstar Tom Brady. You see, BMI only compares your height against your weight. It doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle. But here’s the thing… Muscle is much denser than fat. So if you have a lot of muscle, you can have a high BMI but still be lean. There’s a much more reliable test to measure your body’s composition of fat and mu...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news
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