The richest women in Guatemala were about three inches taller than the poorest.
April 26, 2011 Measuring height gives clues to the health of nations. Many aren't measuring up. A new study finds that in 14 African countries, women are shorter than in previous generations.
If you can't wrinkle your brow, you might not know how I'm feeling.
April 25, 2011 That Botox-smoothed brow may make it harder for someone to empathize with other people's feelings. That's because we tend to mirror each others' expressions while talking. And it may be the muscles of the face that help us key into those emotions.
Are BPA-free bottles really safer than the ones that are chock-full of bisphenol A? Good luck trying to find out.
April 25, 2011 Parents worry about exposing their children to chemicals like BPA, but nobody knows for sure what they do. That's because current law doesn't require that chemicals be tested for safety before hitting the market. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the EPA to change that.
April 22, 2011 Two studies find evidence that a newer type of oral contraceptive may increase the risk a woman will develop dangerous blood clots. But a leading maker of the pills defended them and said the new studies are flawed.
Most of the stillbirths worldwide happen in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and at least half of them take place during labor or birth.
April 14, 2011 Some 2.6 million babies are born with no signs of life after 28 weeks' gestation — what's known as a stillbirth — according to a collection of papers published online this week in The Lancet. Most happen in developing countries, but they haven't gone away in wealthier nations.
Moms might want to try a little more of this, with or without the kids.
April 11, 2011 A persnickety analysis of the eating and exercise habits moms and dads with young found they exercised less than similar people without kids. The moms also ate quite a bit more junky stuff and consumed more calories than women without kids.
April 1, 2011 The maker of a drug to prevent premature births said it will cut the price by more than half. But the medicine, called Makena, will still cost 30 times more than the handmade versions available at some pharmacies.
March 23, 2011 A new law that imposes the longest waits for abortions in the country is vulnerable to constitutional challenge. Supporters of abortion rights have vowed to file suit. And abortion opponents are uncharacteristically mum.
March 22, 2011 Doing a lot more exercise or having a lot more sex would actually reduce the risk of heart attacks, researchers say. And people who are regularly physically active gain benefits that far outweigh that small risk.
Eating a few mullet like these could be good for your eyes.
March 15, 2011 Women who ate fish, a prime source of omega-3s, at least once a week were less likely to get age-related macular degeneration compared with women who ate fish just once a month, a new study finds.
March 2, 2011 Women who use oxycodone, codeine and hydrocodone painkillers early in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a baby with birth defects, including heart defects and spina bifida, according to a new study.
February 25, 2011 Abortion rights opponents, who pushed for the law, say it will hold clinics to higher safety standards. But advocates for abortion rights in the state warn the law will place such heavy burdens on clinics that many may be forced to close.
February 23, 2011 The strange fractures that may be associated with certain osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates occur low on the thighbone, where the femur is usually strongest. Bone specialists say the benefits of the drugs still outweigh their risks.
February 11, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service decided breast-feeding supplies are medical equipment and therefore can be deducted from taxes. Lawmakers and moms rejoiced.
February 5, 2011 If all the women eligible to get the newly approved drug actually got it, researchers estimate there would be 10,000 fewer preemies a year – out of more than half-a-million born that way.
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