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HealthWise at 5 From 8.26

  • Screening for Diabetes During Pregnancy

Doctors routinely screen women for Diabetes late in the pregnancy because it's thought that testing later is more accurate. Now, a study of more than 250 pregnant women finds the opposite it true. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center decided testing at 16 weeks, about halfway into the pregnancy, was a better predictor of Gestational Diabetes than screening later. They believe the earlier tests will help doctors prevent complications later in both the mother and the baby.

  • Emergency Contraception Info.

Your computer can now link you to up-to-date information about emergency contraception. The association of reproductive health professionals has joined forces with Princeton university to offer the service. Visitors to the website will receive referral information as well as educational materials to download and a thorough list of resources just ( click here).

  • Hypo-Allergenic Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the most popular kinds of seafood in the U.S., but not everyone can safely enjoy it because of food allergies. Now, researchers at Tulane university have isolated the protein thought to cause the allergic reaction in some people and they're trying to use that knowledge to develop Hypo-Allergenic Shrimp. One test involves homogenizing cooked shrimp and extracting the allergen. The components are separated then mixed with a blood sample from an allergic person. If all goes well, the Hypo-Allergenic Shrimp could be available at the grocery store in three to five years.

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