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6/13/05

HealthWise at 5 From 6.13

  • IVF Babies

A new study shows babies born through in-vitro fertilization have different growth patterns than children conceived naturally. Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand compared growth rates and hormones levels of IVF babies to babies conceived naturally. They found the IVF babies were taller, had higher growth hormone levels and had better cholesterol than babies conceived naturally. They say the differences may be caused by certain genes being switched during the invitro process however more studies need to be done to confirm these results.

  • Chemical Defect

Two recent studies report high levels of Phthlates, a chemical found in plastic and cosmetics, may have a damaging effect on baby boys. The first study looked at infants treated in the intensive care unit. They found those using the most plastic medical devices had five times more Phthalates in their system that babies not treated with plastic devices. A second study measured the level of the chemical in pregnant women, and found mom's that had the most exposure gave birth to baby boys with reproductive defects. Researchers say these studies prove babies are exposed to this chemical, but more studies need to be done to establish a damaging effect.

  • Transdermal Pain Relief

Instead of taking a pill for your aches and pains, an investigational drug could let you spread relief with a cream. Transdermal systems will shortly submit a new drug application to the FDA for a Transdermal ibuprofen product. The benefit for consumers is that pain relief will go right to the ache, and bypass the gastrointestinal system that can become irritated by medications. The company says a mere one-half milligram dose of the Transdermal ibuprofen would have the pain easing effect of a four-hundred milligram pill. We will let you know if and when it become available in the Lubbock area.

From the FDA Web Site: "The principal phthalates used in cosmetic products are dibutylphthalate (dbp), dimethylphthalate (dmp), and diethylphthalate (dep). They are used primarily at concentrations of less than 10% as plasticizers in products such as nail polishes to reduce cracking by making them less brittle and hair sprays to help avoid stiffness by allowing them to form a flexible film on the hair and as solvents and perfume fixatives in various other products."

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