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February 7, 2013
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  • Exercise may improve fetal, maternal health with gestational diabetes
    Regular moderate-intensity exercise may help boost fetal and maternal health in pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus, a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found. Patients in the exercise group also had a lower risk of macrosomia and were less likely than the control group to need an acute or elective cesarean delivery, researchers noted. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Living close to equator tied to higher allergy, asthma risk
    People living in areas closer to the equator were more likely to have allergies and asthma than those settled in locations further away from the equator, a study showed. Researchers said exposure to ultraviolet-B rays, which affects vitamin D production in the body, may explain the link between proximity to the equator and higher risks for allergy and asthma. The findings appear in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The Huffington Post (2/6), Examiner.com (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study uses video to look for early indicators of autism
    U.S. researchers assessed the eye movements of 117 6-month-old babies while watching a three-minute video, and found that those who paid less attention to the social scene and the woman's face in the video were more likely to develop autism later. The findings were published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Examiner.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Majority of docs unaware of Sunshine Act requirements
    A survey by technology firm MMIS showed more than 50% of responding doctors were not aware that the Sunshine Act requires drug and medical device companies to report physician compensation data each year that will be made available to the public, and 63% expressed deep concern about the provision. Researchers also found physicians were less informed about the Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, than they were a year ago. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA issues warning against deceptive flu products
    The FDA has released a report warning the public against fraudulent flu products that carry unproven claims about curing, treating or preventing the flu. The warning covers drugs, nasal sprays, devices, foods and dietary supplements. The FDA said it has yet to approve any over-the-counter treatment that can cure or prevent the condition, and there are no approved generic formulations of Tamiflu or Relenza. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New and improved: Global Tobacco Control website
    The AAP Richmond Center has re-launched its international tobacco control website with a fresh layout and new resources. The site includes information on past workshops with PowerPoint presentations available in both English and Spanish, key global publications, country-specific data for more than 40 countries, and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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