Saturday, 13 January 2018

Gestational diabetes screening recommended for all pregnant women

Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) will be recommended to all pregnant women in Singapore, not just those with high-risk factors.

The announcement was made at the first Singapore Diabetes in Pregnancy Conference by the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Singapore.

Mothers with GDM could potentially develop high blood pressure, enter pre-term labour or have an increased risk of stillbirth. The baby could be affected as well and risk having breathing difficulties, low blood sugar and jaundice. One in seven births are affected by GDM worldwide, according to International Diabetes Federation.

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The common flu killed a healthy 21-year-old man

Most people view influenza as a routine, if unpleasant, possibility each winter. But the case of a 21-year-old man in Pennsylvania is a poignant reminder that sometimes, the worst-case scenario is more serious than sick days and bed rest. Flu CAN kill!

“Influenza can be a very serious illness,” Peter Shearer, director of the emergency department at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City says. “Even though the vast majority of the public that comes down with actual influenza will get through it with Tylenol, fluids, Motrin, whatever, there are people who do get very sick.”

How can you tell if the flu is serious?

In most cases, flu symptoms will subside within three to seven days and are mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, fluids and rest, Shearer says. If you experience prolonged symptoms, or shortness of breath on par with what you’d feel during strenuous exercise, you should see your doctor to rule out complications, he says.


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Crawling babies 'kick up' a dust storm of dirt, skin cells and fungal spores which they breathe

Their movement across floors, especially carpeted surfaces, kicks up high levels of debris which also includes pollen and fungal spores.

They inhale a dose of these substances in their lungs that is four times what an adult would breathe walking across the same floor, scientists say,

Not only does their movements stir up more particulates into the air, their mouths and nostrils are much closer to the floor where the concentrations are greater.

However, as alarming as that sounds, the experts who carried out the study – which is the first of its kind – say that this is good for them because we are getting too clean and it affects the immune system of the babies.