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5/2/08

HealthWise at 5 for 5.2

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  • Pregnancy & Depression

Visits to the doctor late in pregnancy often involve weight and blood pressure checks to make sure that the baby is doing ok, but new research suggests that women about to give birth should also discuss with their doctors any symptoms of sadness or depression they may be experiencing.

The study from Australia looked at nearly 400 pregnant women and suggests that the strongest predictor of whether a new mom will experience post-partum depression is whether she was depressed shortly before giving birth.

For more on the study, click here.

  • Sharing Prescriptions

A new survey shows that 1 in 4 Americans share their prescription drugs with family members and other people.  In a survey of 700 people across the country 23% said they had shared medicines that had been prescribed to them.  Antibiotics, allergy, and pain medications were the most commonly shared.  The study published in The American Journal of Public Health says this could pose a huge problem if people end up with drugs they are allergic to or drugs that could interact with other medications they are on.

Doctors say that sharing antibiotics is particularly troublesome because it means that people are not taking the full round as prescribed and that leads to more antibiotic-resistant bugs.

  • FREE Covenant Children's Health Screening

Get your child immunized on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knipling Education Conference Center, located at 21st & Louisville, 6th floor, in the West parking garage. For more information call 1-866-426-8362 or click here. An adult must accompany children and a copy of child's immunization record is required.

Saturday's screening will provide:

  • all school required immunizations
  • bicycle safety course
  • Medicaid & CHIP info
  • dental care info
  • DigiKids
  • general wellness and safety
  • safe & drug free school info

Drawings for bicycles, bicycle helmets will be held and Kohl's will be giving away stuffed animals.  

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