The Elective C-Section and What you Need to Know.

College of DuPage Nursing Student Susan Echard shared that the Elective C-Section can seem appealing initially; you are able to choose your delivery date, the delivery is quick and seemingly controlled, although the outcomes in an increasing number of studies demonstrate that the risks from C-sections are greater than many realize. It is worth knowing before opting to choose your baby’s birthday. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests an estimated 10 to 15 percent of all babies are delivered by Cesarean, although North America and Western Europe are well above this rate, with approximately 32 and 27 percent, subsequently, of babies delivered by C-section, respectively, during 2015.

An NPR article (2018) provides elective C-Section facts and the reason they are outpacing vaginal deliveries in number; and according to Salimah Walani, Vice President of March of Dimes, this procedure is performed when is it not really necessary or indicated. Ultimately, c-sections are a surgical procedure that may do more harm than good for moms and babies.

For moms; elected C-sections increase the risk of death by at least 60 percent (REF here). The mother’s risk of life-threatening are increased during childbirth, such as bleeding, uterine rupture, hysterectomy, and cardiac arrest – by about fivefold (REF???), and the risk increases further in subsequent deliveries (REF). These risks are also increased for the baby as well; studies indicate, c-sections increase the risk for obesity and autoimmune diseases later in life, although if the procedure is performed prior to 39 weeks, an early delivery increases the infant’s risk for respiratory problems. Read more

How to get your couch potato kid moving

Anne Schneider, D.O.Specialty: Family Medicine, asked in an Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Driven blog your child been loafing on the couch a little too much lately? Only 1 in 3 children are physically active every day. Instead of going outside to play, children and teens are averaging seven hours each day staring at screens, including TVs, computers, phones, and tablets.

Kids are choosing screens over fitness, and it shows. Childhood obesity is the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects a child’s health and well-being now and later in life. Kids who are obese often become obese adults, increasing their risk for serious health issues.

One of the most important things you can do for your child is to encourage healthy habits early in life, including regular exercise.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says: “Physical activity in children and adolescents improves strength and endurance, builds healthy bones and lean muscles, develops motor skills and coordination, reduces fat, and promotes emotional well-being (reduces feelings of depression and anxiety).”

Regular exercise lays the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. It can help your child learn about the value of teamwork, practicing a skill and meeting challenges. It gives them the chance to make friends and gain self-esteem. Healthy, physically active kids are also more likely to be successful in school.

The AAP recommends children 6 years and older should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. It doesn’t need to be done all at once. Break down the physical activity into shorter blocks of time. Also, your child doesn’t have to be an athlete. All kids can be physically fit, some just may need more encouragement than others. Read more

March is National Kidney Month

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is encouraging people to Talk to Your Health Care Provider about Kidney Health.

Chronic kidney disease is a serious condition, affecting more than 30 million adults in the United States, yet people in the early stages may not have symptoms. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure or heart failure, are at a greater risk for kidney disease.

The NIDDK encourages you to share important messages on this topic by sharing this video with three questions to start the conversation about kidney health with a health care provider.


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If You Want to Feel Happier, Just Spend 20 Minutes in a Park

The best part is that you don’t have to hit up a national park or even go too far out of your way. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that spending 20 minutes in an urban park can make you happier, regardless of whether you use that time to exercise or not.”Overall, we found park visitors reported an improvement in emotional well-being after the park visit,” the study’s lead author and the University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Hon K. Yuen said in a statement. “However, we did not find levels of physical activity are related to improved emotional well-being. Instead, we found time spent in the park is related to improved emotional well-being.”

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Fitness Supplements

Milan Krstovic,  Media Relations Associate,, shared that the business of vitamins and supplements is booming. Recent research suggests that most Americans take at least one such product from the more than 90,000 options on the market. But within this massive industry – worth $37 billion by some estimates – consumer enthusiasm is dampened by uncertainty.
In the absence of strict regulation, many manufacturers peddle wares with few real benefits. Worse still, dangerous outcomes are increasingly common. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports a troubling rise in incidents resulting from supplement consumption.
So, which vitamins and supplements are really worth taking, and which might not give you much support as you work toward your fitness goals?

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Hepatitis A Vaccine Protects You and Your Baby

The Center for Disease control shared that the best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting the hepatitis A vaccine. Babies infected with hepatitis A may not show any symptoms and can pass the virus on to unvaccinated adults who can get very sick.

What is Hepatitis A, and How Does It Spread?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. When symptoms are apparent, it can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can even cause death in some people. Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool (poop) of a person who has the virus. It can spread when:

  • Infected persons do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom and then touch objects or food
  • Caregivers do not properly wash their hands after changing diapers or cleaning up the stool of an infected person

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Make an appointment to work out at work!

Go For Life shared that being active is one of the most important things you can do each day to stay healthy. But it can be hard to find time to exercise during the day. The good news is that there are ways that you can fit physical activity into your schedule, even when you’re at work. You can:

  • Park a little farther away from your office and walk to the entrance.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Take a walk with a co-worker during your lunch break.
  • Schedule 10-minute workout breaks to do strength and flexibility exercises.

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Study Finds Too Much Screen Time Causes Nearsightedness in Children

The children & nature network reports that A study out of Waterloo has found too much screen time and not enough outdoor time is causing irreversible damage to children’s eyes.

Even an hour more outside every week will go along way in preventing myopia, or nearsightedness, which affects almost 90% of high school students in Asia.

The numbers aren’t nearly as high here in Canada, but according to a recent study by three groups including the Centre for Ocular Research & Education in Waterloo, they’re still troubling.

“We’re finding children are starting to have higher nearsightedness at a younger age and that means as an adult their prescription is higher, increases the risk of retinal degeneration, retinal detachments.”

Dr. Mike Yang is the study’s lead investigator. He says 6% of children aged 6-8 in the study were nearsighted, that number jumped to nearly 30% in kids 11-13 years old.

In 2015 a world health organization report projected that in 2050, half of the world population would be nearsighted and technology is a big reason.

“When they’re spending so much time on the screen, they’re spending less time outdoors, therefore an increased chance of becoming nearsighted.” Dr. Yang. Read more

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