It it interesting to see that what is considered a normal Pregnancy is about to changed. More specifically, the length of the pregnancy is being modified. It isn’t a huge deal…well, maybe it is.
Research has recently shown that as the unborn infant grows, week by week, the health of the child improves greatly as each week passes by. Early on, there is an increased risk of problems, infections, malformations, and growth limitations can be seen.
As each week passes, the unborn fetus, has a better chance for survival. A group of doctors are redefining what is meant by a “Full term Pregnancy.”
Previously, a pregnancy was considered “term” any time between 37 and 42 weeks. Gestation charts have covered the average organ and system development at each week.
On average, a single-fetus pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the date of the woman’s last menstrual period until Childbirth. This average is considering the millions of children born for the last several decades.
Of course, determining the exact date of last menstrual period can be more difficult in some patients than others. But, safe to say – this has been the norm.
The New Definitions are as Follows:
Full Term: 39 – 40 weeks + the first six days after 40 weeks.
Pre Term: Anytime before 37 weeks
Early Term: 37 – 38 weeks + the first six days after 38 weeks.
Late Term: 41 weeks + Day 0 through Day 6
Post Term: 42 weeks and beyond
A statement was given by the American College of Obstetricians along with Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine described the change in the following terms, “to improve newborn outcomes and expand efforts to prevent nonmedically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation.”
Other things that affect the child is mother’s medical conditions such as weight, Hypertension, obesity, genetics, trauma during pregnancy, smoking, drug use, exercise, nutrition, and much more.
In the last several years, studies have shown that a babies’ Brain and Lungs are fully mature during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
If a baby is born between 39 weeks and 40 weeks and six days, they have the best projected health outcomes.
The main point in this is to help patients and doctors understand that even after 37 weeks, full fetus system development may not be finished.
Early C-Section , elective births and such may be pushed to the 39th week.
When a significant health risk occurs – delivery is often done before the 39th week. However, this should be considered carefully and is often a person and individual choice. But elective births are strongly advised to wait as long as possible.
We are pleased to announce that we are steadily growing both in our readership, our content, and those who are helping us. InterActive Health is designed to improve your health. But we are also trying to improve your fitness and nutrition. These are the next two areas that we are focusing on.
To do this, we’ve added some extra content bloggers and even a health coach. Our goal is to bring to you…more nutritional options as well as a fitness approach. Feel free to email one of our staff if you have any suggestions or concerns.
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Most everyone has had a moment with a child with Autism. Whether it is with a family member, a friend, or a stranger. Let’s be honest, not all of these encounters have been positive. Children with Autism have a hard life in front of them. So does the parent, sibling, teacher , and countless others that are involved in the child’s well being.
Anger, frustration, despair, restless nights, expanding expenses and many more descriptions can be said about those close to Autism.
Countless studies, pharmaceutical research, scientific research has been done over the years to better understand this medical condition.
Recently, it was evaluated to see if there was a genetic component to this condition. A new study in Denmark looked at this and found that children who have an older sibling, one who had autism, were seven times more likely than other kids to be diagnosed with the disorder themselves.
Previous theories had given almost a fifty percent chance. Seven times more likely is smaller, but it is also more focused. It also looked at half siblings. If they shared the same mother, there was also a higher than average risk.
This certainly doesn’t explain everything, autism is very complex and misleading. If it were just genetics alone, it should be higher than seven times.
According to the CCD – in the United States, about 1 in every 88 children will develop Autism.
Therese Gronborg, one of the lead researchers into Autism, at Aarhus University and her colleagues reviewed the numbers for over 1.5 million children born in Denmark from 1980 to 2004. They used birth, civil and psychiatric registries to track them.
Through 2010, just over 13,000 of them had been diagnosed with an ASD. That included 276 children with an older sibling with autism who were also diagnosed with the disorder.
The researchers found the likelihood of a younger sibling being diagnosed with autism when an older sibling had an ASD varied between 4.5 and 10.5 percent, with an average of about 7 percent. There was no clear increasing or decreasing trend during the study period.
The researchers also looked at the possibility that children in families with Autism, are more likely to be diagnosed because they have already seen many symptoms in their other children. This is an increase in awareness.
The extra risk of autism was smaller. Younger half-siblings who shared a father with an older sibling had a 1.5-times greater risk of ASDs. This could be more of chance than anything. Further studies will evaluate this.
Children who shared a mother with a half-sibling had a 2.4-times greater risk if their older brother or sister had autism.
Other Possible Causes
Therese Gronborg theorized that a woman’s lifestyle during pregnancy or something about the intrauterine environment could also be affecting her children’s risk of autism.
But it also could be in the upbringing, foods, and other unknown possibilities.
Denmark study different than other studies
Some studies have looked at twins while others have looked at Siblings.
Studies looking at Identical twins have found a wide variety of information. Recent research has shown a possible 38% – 97% chance of both children getting Autism. Some of the importance of this study showed a lower number for Dizygotic twins (Fraternal) and a higher number for Monozygotic Twins (Identical).
Research findings in 1977, 1979, 1985 and 1989 have all shown some variance of this finding.
Other studies have shown a 0-38% chance of have a second sibling getting Autism after the first one did (usually a younger sibling).
Other sibling studies show about a 12%-20% similarity.
A study in 2007 showed 86 families with 2 or more autistic children. 42 of the Third born male children showed Autistic symptoms. This research gave about a 50% chance of passing on a gene mutation to their offspring.
The research time after time shows some genetic component. Whether those studies were done with twins or siblings. The recent research in Denmark seems to be a large study – look at over 1.5 million children over many years. This study is important to help correlate a relation between Autism and family members.
It is certain that we don’t yet have enough information. But we are gaining more and more as time progresses.
Learn more about Autism below:
2.) Asperger Syndrome
3.) Is There a Relationship Between Vaccinations and Certain Diseases Such as Autism
4.) Link to Autism? Vaccine Court Says “No”!
5.) Trouble Brewing For Doctor Who Linked Autism and Vaccines
The 8 Exercises to improve your Fitness
1.) Medicine Ball Push-ups Variations
2.) Medicine Ball Single leg Squats to Press
3.) Doorway Row Variation
4.) Valislide Hamstring Curls
5.) Valislide Rollout Variation
6.) Band Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press
7.) Valislide Lunge
8.) Band Resisted Alternating Supermans
Jimmer Fredette Demonstrates Kings Workout (VIDEO)
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In the latest installment from Pro Hoop Strength
, Jimmer Fredette demonstrates a workout used by the Sacramento Kings.
The workout targets a full range of motion using bodyweight and common gym equipment—resistance bands and medicine balls.
Kings strength and conditioning coach Dan Shapiro details the proper form for each exercise.
For more exercises, articles, advice and workouts directly from NBA strength and conditioning coaches and players, visit Pro Hoop Strength.
Heartburn is a misnomer as it is not exactly a disease itself. It should be more classified as a symptom of another condition. This condition has many names.
It could be called Acid Reflux, Gastric Reflux Disease, GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Essentially each of these names equates to the same medical conditions They all have the same symptoms which includes Heartburn.
The other symptoms are: Hoarseness, Nausea, Vomiting, Cough, Chest or stomach Discomfort, Chronic Chest pain, Difficulty breathing, Asthma-like symptoms, Regurgitation of food and occasionally water, and a few others.
Acid Reflux is a condition that hundreds of thousands around the world suffer from.
There are a number of different causes including: food, a bacteria called H.pylori, Hiatal Hernias, medical conditions, stress, Stomach ulcers, Obesity, and others.
If you are having symptoms – you are certainly not alone.
Management and Treatment are important things to understand. They may seem basic – but if you skip out on one or two….you will pay the consequences. Improvement may not be seen immediately in all cases. But take a look and see if you can find something new.
Management and Treatment
1.) Avoid eating foods that affect you and worsen your symptoms.
2.) Avoid eating foods late at night.
3.) Weight loss can help prevent pressure onto stomach worsening symptoms.
4.) Moderate exercise may improve symptoms.
5.) Vigorous exercise can worsen symptoms.
6.) Smoking can worsen symptoms
7.) Alcohol consumption can worsen symptoms
8.) Foods that have been implicated include: coffee, alcohol, chocolate, fatty foods, acidic foods, and spicy foods, some fruits, fruit juices, and more.
9.) Symptoms can be worse at night
10.) Use pillow at night to elevate head or chest to avoid acid from going from stomach to esophagus
11.) Sleep in a reclining chair if symptoms are bad enough
12.) Antacid tabs provide immediate relief.
13.) Eat smaller and more frequent meals
14.) Avoid large meals
15.) Some people see temporary relief with foods such as milk, water, salt, nuts, and other items
Treatment for Acid Reflux
*** On a last note – there are many medications that can help. These are medications that can be prescribed or found OTC at any grocery store or pharmacy. Learn more about each.
1.) Protein Pump Inhibitor
Types include: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex
2.) H2-Receptor Antagonists
Types include: Zantac, Pepcid, Tagament
Many Egyptian Mummies have been research and documented over the last few hundred years. For me, these new mummy findings with their rich history, exciting finds, and of course the Treasure are fantastically exciting things to think about.
I have spent days, when I was younger….and last week, imagining myself finding a new underground passage leading to the biggest and richest tomb in history.
What kid hasn’t.
It is exciting to learn what items were buried with Pharaohs or Kings or even Slaves. It becomes very interesting to learn how they lived and what they found important.
However, how they lived is not the only exciting thing. How they died has become almost as interesting. New technology has enabled scientists to examine a mummy and identify what they died from.
As a medical practitioner – I love this possibility.
I was just reading last week about Dr. Granville’s Mummy.
The exciting part was that this mummy was found back in 1825.
What was most puzzling was how this person died. August Granville first described this mummy to London’s Royal Society in 1825.
The remains were that of a women believed to have died around 600BD at the age of 50. Her name was Irtyersenu and she died in Thebes. After extensive research it was theorized that she could have died from Ovarian Cancer.
Twenty Years ago – the remains were rediscovered and new tests were done. This new research indicated that the ovarian cancer was likely benign. This opened the idea of a different cause of death. Other findings include malaria and signs of inflammation of the Lungs.
This Inflammation could be from a variety of medical conditions. Two were believed to be the front runners: Pneumonia and Tuberculosis.
What made things more difficult was the manner in-which the mummy was mummified. Typically – the organs are removed and preserved independently of the body. Other times, a chemical is placed into the anus to dissolve the organs. But in this case, the entire body was coated in a waxy substance. This made working with the body much more difficult.
The next step was a DNA evaluation of the body. Through this process a short section of DNA was found from the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This organism was found in the Bone, Gallbladder, and Lungs. This told the researches that Tuberculosis had spread from the lungs into the rest of her body.
This type of infection – especially so many years ago – would have been fatal and clearly was the cause of death.
Malaria was ruled out early because no DNA evidence was found of Malaria.
In the end and in this cases – Tuberculosis was the cause of death.
Quadriplegia is a condition where something has affected the Cervical Spine more commonly known as the neck. It often can be identified as something occurring between Cervical Vertebrae C1-C7.
Depending on where the injury occurs – the severity or symptoms of this disease could be different. Complete and partial injury also makes a huge difference.
There are many facts and misconceptions of this condition.
We are going to look at a few.
1.) Injury to cause Quadriplegia was not in the back, but rather the neck or Spinal Cord.
2.) Injury to back results in paraplegia – this results in loss of leg movement.
3.) Use of arms and hands can be seen – though usually not as strong as before injury.
4.) Some injuries are more severe and no arm or feet movement can be seen.
5.) Quadriplegia paralysis can occur by other mechanisms than just injury such as diseases and conditions that you are born with.
6.) There is no cure for Quadriplegia….yet
7.) Improvement in movement and strength can be seen in some patients.
8.) Some patients can feed themselves – though special utensils are required.
9.) Sexual activity is possible for some people – though pain, stress, embarrassment, and other problems may limit this activity.
10.) Women with Quadriplegia can still hope for children and Childbirth is still possible.
11.) Having children won’t always be possible.
12.) Some men can still get erection after an injury resulting in Quadriplegia.
13.) But sometimes, the erection won’t last, be effective, or occur at all. Medications and implants may be the answer to this problem.
14.) Most Quadriplegics will be able to breath on their own – while others will require ventilators.
15.) Many Quadriplegics can find ways to be active from basketball, to skiing, to car racing, and much more.
16.) Quadriplegia does not mean an end of happiness and excitement.
As with many misconceptions in life – there is often a partial truth. In the case of quadriplegics – life has certainly changed after such an injury.
Sometimes, sexual activity or movement of the arms, and even some of the more basic things such as breathing will be next to impossible. In these cases – don’t despair.
Sit down with your significant other and find other ways to find pleasure and happiness. Work hard to improve yourself daily and try not to get discouraged.
Quadriplegia is something that needs a small community to deal with. Ask for help from family, friends, and the medical community. If you know of someone with this condition – help in any way you can.
This is our new Category for Fitness - It is still early and we have a ton of things to do. Give us feedback how to make things better. This will be essential.
Welcome to InterActive Health’s Newest Page about Fitness.
We have so many things planned that we are just beginning new things.
We will bringing on some new staff to help us as we expand – so treat them well.
Some of the things we will be working on includes: nutrition, exercises, weight-loss, and much more.
This will include some fitness coaching and some constipation.
We will also be starting a nutrition area as well as recipes.
Stay tuned for more fitness updates.
Here are some Fitness related Topics:
Watch out for Sleep — or not enough
Marathon – The running that actually will set you free
Emergency Contraceptive is a very trending topic especially among young women and health care providers Each time a decision is made, the opposite side becomes upset and brings things to a new low. Much of what is being said is done because of the personal nature of this medication but also the lack of complete understanding.
Emergency Contraceptive is a medication that can be taken to help prevent Pregnancy.
It has also been known as the “morning after pill” because the goal is to be able to take this medication after sexual activity to prevent a pregnancy.
Plan B One-Step is different than most Emergency Contraceptive Medications.
Plan B only has progestrin while most Emergency Contraceptives have both Progestin and Estrogen.
The goal is not to terminate an existing pregnancy.
Typical contraceptive medication is taken prior to sexual activity – sometimes for months to prevent the body from getting pregnant. Other forms of contraception can be used at the time of sexual intercourse and may include condom or spermicides or barrier protection.
Plan B – is a packaged instructions with two pills that can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual activity.
- The first tablet should be taken within the 72 hours
- The second table should be taken 12 hours after the first tablet.
Levonogestrel is the medication that is within the white tablet. It is typically dosed at 0.75mg.
It is believed that the pills are more effective the sooner they are taken after intercourse.
Some studies have shown that both doses can be taken together up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.
If you are 17 years or older – the medication can be Over-the-counter.
If you are 16 or younger – a prescription is required.
It is likely that Plan B will be available to all ages without a prescription at some time in the near future.
- Abdominal pain
- Menstrual Changes
- Breast tenderness
Facts to Remember about Plan B One-Step
1.) It is intended to prevent pregnancy AFTER unprotected sexual activity
2.) It contains only levonorgestrel – a progestin
3.) It is not the same thing at Mifeprex – an abortion pill found in the United States.
4.) If you are already pregnant – do not take the medication – it will not work.
5.) If you take Plan B while pregnant – it will not cause birth defects
6.) Usually 1 dose is taken than the 2nd dose is taken 12 hours later.
7.) If both doses are taken at the same time – no decrease in effectiveness or increase in symptoms will be seen.
8.) Plan B is not as effective at preventing pregnancy as routine contraception such as birth control or condoms.
9.) Some Emergency Contraceptives contain both Estrogen and progestin.
10.) Plan B is safe for almost all women.
11.) This does not protect against sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
12.) In some states, Plan B is available over the counter at select pharmacies
13.) Plan B costs around $45 when obtained directly from a pharmacist without a prescription
14.) Making Plan B more easily available has not shown increased risk-taking.
As parents, it has been beaten into our minds that there are foods that shouldn’t be given too early in our baby’s lives.
Be it for reasons such as food allergy, ability to consume, or another reason such as family folklore. It is certain that every parent struggles when to give solid foods, certain foods, and liquids such as milk and water. There are foods such as whole milk, peanut butter, eggs, fish, and more that we’ve been told to wait because of food allergies. Usually we are waiting until our children reach at least one year until we even consider giving these foods.
Could the time to give these food items actually be sooner than previous recommendations?
Back in 2000 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggested that Milk was to be given after 1 year of age. Eggs were to be given after 2 years of age. Peanuts and Fish weren’t to be given before age 3.
In 2008 and 20111 – The recommendations were changed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – they indicated that no data was present to continue with their previous recommendations. But that had been 8 years of Parents, Pediatricians, and other providers believing and following the recommendations. It has been hard, even from a provider’s standpoint, to change those recommendations given to parents when the question was asked.
Recently, this topic has been looked at by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Further evaluation on when was the right time to give foods is a highly debated topic. The findings from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggest that milk, eggs, fish, and peanut butter can be given safely as early as 4 – 6 months of age. In addition, it is believed that this may actually prevent a child from developing allergies to these items in the future.
Dr. David Fleisher, a lead author and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health at the University of Colorado said, “The key point is that there is no reason why you can’t introduce them early for most children. Children with moderate to severe eczema that is difficult to treat or ones who have already been diagnosed with a [different type of] food allergy are at higher risk. So you may want to wait until they are tested before introducing peanuts or eggs.”
Medical providers, Physicians, and Specialists should advise parents to introduced plain floods such as fruits, vegetables, cereal before offering the other choices. It is not recommended that milk, eggs, fish, or peanuts be the first solid food a baby receives.
Reactions to food allergens can be highly varied.
This is important to understand. There is an entire spectrum of reactions to foods. Some will have very mild symptoms that may not even be noticed. There may be some headaches, itchiness, Inflammation, or other symptoms.
That is a far contrast to a more serious type of reaction that can cause difficulty breathing or wheezing.
Very serious effects can be seen with throat closing and life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Genetic Issues with Allergies
There is obvious a genetic complexity with parents and offspring having allergies. It could be a cousin, grandmother, or sibling. But this is not true in all cases. Caution should be given when family members have food allergies. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give peanuts to our child in those cases, but we need to be cautious and careful.
There are currently no genetic testing that can be done during pregnancy that can help determine if our children will have allergies.
Hope is that this will be a future area where medical advancement and research can be seen.
Common Food Allergies
Food allergies in children is on the rise.
Currently around 1 in 12 or 1 in 15 – In the United States – have food allergies.
Most common food allergy is Peanuts
Milk is second most common followed by Shellfish.
Other foods include nuts, fish, wheat, soy, mushrooms, and others.
Children with food allergy also have higher rates of Asthma, skin complaints (Eczema), and Allergies.