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debilitating fact of
life for more than
THE BEST TEMPS
As if mothers didn't have enough to worry about: It
appears temperature extremes can affect whether
they carry their pregnancies full term.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health
have found that moms who are exposed to extreme
cold or heat during the first seven weeks of pregnancy are more likely to deliver early.
They also found that women exposed to extreme
heat for the majority of the pregnancy were also
more likely to deliver early.
Exposure to extreme heat during weeks 15 to
21 increased risk of delivery from 34 to 36 weeks
(four to six weeks early) by 18 percent. While not
everyone has access to air conditioning, the study
suggests that minimizing exposure to extreme temperatures would be prudent for pregnant women.
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From sex during pregnancy to supporting
a woman facing postpartum depression,
partners have a lot of questions, too.
Visit acog.org and search "A Partner's
Guide to Pregnancy."
severe joint pain
continues to rise.
in 2012 to
by 2040 are
to pain care and
The rate of COPD-related deaths is
hitting midlifers hard-even while
the overall rate of deaths is dropping.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has two main forms:
chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Most people with the illness have a
combination of both conditions.
According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
COPD-related death rates dropped
22.5 percent for men and 3.8 percent
for women 25 and older from 2000
through 2014. The death rate, however, spiked nearly 13 percent for
men ages 45 to 64 and a whopping
24 percent for women in the same
TRUE OR FALSE
Men have a biological clock.
TRUE. It looks like Father Time
affects fathers, too. While men may
get to hit the snooze button on the
consequences a bit longer than women
do, research shows they can't outrun
the ticktock of their biological clocks.
A European study showed that couples'
risk of miscarriage was highest if the
woman was 35 or older and her male
partner was 40 or older. Another study
shows that a couple's TTP (time to
pregnancy, or how long it takes to
become pregnant) increased fivefold
for men older than 45 compared with
men younger than 25-even if they
had younger female partners.
SU MM E R 2017