pregnant women

  1. Ibuprofen linked to miscarriage

    Over-the-counter painkillers end lives -- a tragic reality that the FDA outrageously refuses to recognize.

    No matter how many people die, you can bet they'll do practically nothing to limit the easy access to painkillers.

    Now, a new study finds that some of the most common of these meds -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen -- can cut lives short before they even begin, boosting the miscarriage rate by a stunning 240 percent.

    Canadian researchers say data on some 50,000 pregnant women found that those who gobble down these meds during pregnancy lose their babies 36 percent of the time -- while those who skip the drugs have a 15 percent miscarriage rate.

    The problem here isn't just the sky-high miscarriage risk -- it's that the risk is always highest during the first trimester. And ladies, you know the deal -- you don't always know right away if you're pregnant.

    If you're a sexually active woman of baby-making age, you could be in the first trimester at any given time and not even know it.

    What I'm getting at here, if it's not obvious, is that women should avoid NSAIDs like ibuprofen even if they're only thinking about pregnancy -- because it's never too early to give 'em up... and there's always a possibility you'll be too late.

    If that's not enough risk for you and your family, another recent study finds that NSAIDs can boost the risk of kidney cancer in men and women alike by 50 percent.

    Throw in some of the other risks I've told you about lately -- these meds can up the odds of stroke, heart attack and an early death -- and you don't have a painkiller anymore. You've got a people-killer.

  2. Pregnant women in stroke risk

    It used to be the most joyous time of life, but pregnancy has quickly become a frightening journey into the unknown.

    More women are suffering from more pregnancy complications than ever before -- and a new study finds that the number of strokes among pregnant women has doubled in a little more than a decade.

    CDC researchers say pregnancy-related strokes shot up by 53 percent between 1994-1995 and 2006-2007, including a 47 percent increase in stroke before pregnancy and an 83 percent surge three months after.

    The researchers say their study in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association doesn't show why so many pregnant women and new moms are suffering strokes, and that more study is needed.

    But do we really need to burn more research dollars to figure this one out?

    Obese women are pumping out pups like never before -- and when you add the strain of pregnancy to a body that's already on the brink of self-destruction, you're bound to see serious consequences.

    And this goes waaaaay beyond stroke risk.

    Pregnancy complications are up almost across the board: preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, C-sections... you name it, it's all going up, up, up.

    One study last year found that pregnancy deaths in California tripled over the last decade -- and as bad as healthcare is in the PRC (People's Republic of California), you can't blame the system for that one.

    California isn't blazing a new trail here. We're seeing similar numbers from sea to shining sea. And I promise you, this is only the beginning.

    Bottom line here: Don't even think about throwing a bun in the oven until you're healthy enough to handle it -- because it's not just your life on the line anymore.

  3. Poking the pregnant

    Would you give your newborn a drug that hasn't been studied in infants? Of course you wouldn't -- and you certainly wouldn't expose a fetus to that kind of risk, either.
  4. Get ready for a tidal wave of flu lies

    Desperate. That's the only word I can come up to describe the people responsible for pushing the flu vaccine.
  5. Are you in danger of "third-hand" smoke?

    New research actually suggests that something called third-hand smoke can be a serious danger to both babies and pregnant women.
  6. Why diabetics need to eat more fish

    Upping the amount of fish in your diet to at least two portions a week could help protect diabetics from the dangers of kidney disease.

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