HealthWise At Five 1.30 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/06

HealthWise At Five 1.30

  • Inducing Labor

Good news for the soon-to-be moms who just can't wait for their babies to arrive. A review of 12 studies, that included nearly 7,000 women, shows that inducing labor can be a real benefit to the mom and the baby. Australian researchers found that full-term women were less likely to develop infections, and fewer babies needed intensive care when labor was induced after their water broke. And, they say, induced women said they were more satisfied with their birth experience, rather than waiting for labor to begin naturally.

  • Pay Cut Health

Taking a pay cut is not just bad for your bank account, but it can also be bad for your health. A study of more than 400 nurses, at four different hospitals, showed that those who took an unexpected pay cut reported higher levels of insomnia than their colleagues whose pay did not change. That's really no surprise, but researchers say they were surprised to find that the nurses who suffered a pay cut, but learned why from supervisors who were up front with them, did not have the same sleeping troubles that the other nurses experienced.

  • Brain Dementia

Researchers from Australia analyzed studies from all over the world, and conclude that a lifetime of complex mental activity can reduce the risk of developing dementia by nearly half. They say the key is keeping your brain active in every aspect of your life. They also say higher levels of education, IQ, a complex job, and mentally-stimulating leisure activities all play significant roles. Researchers analyzed data on about 29,000 people from around the world. The study was led by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and is published in Psychological Medicine.

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