Treatment with vaginal progesterone lowers newborn complications

Treatment with vaginal progesterone lowers newborn complications

Dear mommies to-be, a study finds that treatment with vaginal progesterone in women with a short cervix and a twin pregnancy may reduce the frequency of preterm birth and related serious outcomes.

The results indicated, women who received vaginal progesterone were 31 percent less likely to deliver before 33 weeks of pregnancy.

The findings come from an Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology meta-analysis of six studies encompassing 303 women pregnant with twins, all of whom had a cervical length of 25 mm or less in the mid-trimester.

For older adults, shorter hospital stay can increase 'readmission' chances

For older adults, shorter hospital stay can increase 'readmission' chances

A study has discovered that shorter stay in the hospital of people of about 65-years-old and older, is linked to quicker readmission to hospital within seven to 30 days from post-acute care facilities.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggested that older adults who are readmitted to hospitals within one week tend to have a heavier burden of chronic disease than who are not readmitted as quickly.

Healthy sex life can boost performance at work: Study

Healthy sex life can boost performance at work: Study

Want to stay happy and perform better at work? Start performing better in bed, as a study reveals, workers who had sex the night before are doing better at their jobs the next day.

According to researchers from Oregon State University a happy sex life boosts their own job satisfaction which, in turn, gives them a better work-life balance, said researchers from a US university for the specialist Journal of Management.

Smartphone notifications driving you crazy? This might help

Smartphone notifications driving you crazy? This might help

Do random push alerts, social media messages and noisy notifications on smartphones annoy you?

Relax! Researchers from Rutgers University in US are trying to help your phone understand you better, suggesting that by incorporating personality traits, the notification management system, it can help to manage notifications about when to interrupt or leave you alone.

Old people should drink blueberry concentrate to improve brain function

Old people should drink blueberry concentrate to improve brain function

A recent research conducted on healthy people, aged above 60, shows that drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function and even enhances working memory.

The paper, "Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation", is published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

OCD patients find it difficult to learn about safety of stimulus: Study

OCD patients find it difficult to learn about safety of stimulus: Study

According to a recent research, people suffering from Obsessive Complex Disorder (OCD) are poorer at learning about the safety of a stimulus, in turn contributing to their struggles to overcome compulsive behaviour.

The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

If done properly, Muslim prayer ritual can reduce lower back pain

If done properly, Muslim prayer ritual can reduce lower back pain

According to a recent research, the complex physical movements of the Muslim prayer ritual can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.

The paper was published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat.

Maternal mortality rates decline worldwide except US

Maternal mortality rates decline worldwide except US

While the maternal mortality rates are declining worldwide, the situation for women in the United States is a glaring exception.

And in Texas, where clinics serving women have shuttered and their health interests have been battled all the way up to the US Supreme Court, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths more than doubled over the course of two years.

These are some of the findings in a new study (PDF) in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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