Monthly Archives: May 2007

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Children not exercising enough

Children not exercising enough

Children not exercising enough

Children living in inner-city areas are not getting enough exercise, the British Heart Foundation says.
A study funded by the charity found more than half of schoolchildren asked watched TV or played computer games for more than four hours every day.

Less than half said they exercised at break or walked to school, with south Asian pupils less likely to do so.

Researchers spoke to 3,500 pupils from white and south Asian backgrounds at five secondary schools in Leicester.

The foundation’s study said the level of inactivity was found to be worse among girls, with only 12% saying they did any kind of physical activity at break time.

A history of type 2 diabetes or heart disease in parents is a risk factor for development of the conditions in their children.

But the researchers found that children with a family history of either condition were just as likely to be inactive as those without.

The British Heart Foundation said the findings were especially worrying because south Asians had a 50% higher death rate from heart disease than the rest of the population.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the University of Leicester, who helped research the study, said tackling obesity in children was crucial for the government and those working in healthcare.

He added: “This study shows that overall the physical activity levels in inner-city schoolchildren are very low.

“Parents, schools and community health providers need to address the results of these findings to reduce the future risks of developing diabetes and heart disease in children.”

Increasing awareness

The British Heart Foundation described the findings as “alarming” but said the key to getting people of all ethnic groups to take the issue of obesity seriously was to increase awareness of the risks of heart disease.

Dr Mike Knapton, the charity’s director of prevention and care, added: “Research like this will help us to better tailor health care and health education to today’s multicultural UK population.”

In January an MPs’ report warned the government it had been too slow to react to rising levels of childhood obesity.

Despite a target to halt the rise of obesity among under-11s by 2010, the Commons public accounts committee said little concrete action had been taken.

But the government insisted progress was being made in encouraging healthy food choices and physical activity.


Hello, don’t know how much of a rarity male members are on here as I’ve not yet negotiated all of the forum yet but I’ll get there eventually.  My name is Barry, I live in Fife and I’m on here because my wife has had SPD/chronic pain since the birth of our last child 4 years ago.

I suspect our story will be very familiar with the majority of SPD sufferers with the now seemingly obligatory amount of ignorance and lack of understanding from practically every medical professional we encountered before, during and immediately after the birth.  My wife’s pain, feelings of isolation and frustration with her GP’s handling of the situation along with guilt and sadness at how this condition has affected the family and her ability to join in with "normal" mummy things are probably pretty common too.  She can’t actually log in here as it upsets her so much to read about other people in similar predicaments. 

Two weeks ago we learned of another lady in the town who has been diagnosed with SPD and who apparently has been told that she MUST have a section. God knows we wish her well but when we discovered that this protocol has come from the same hospital that subjected my wife to such a traumatic labour we decided to confront a part of our past we’d sooner not (I don’t like remembering my son’s birthdate at all) and she got in touch with a no win no fee medical claims firm.  I’m not sure what the upshot of it will be, and we’re not "in it for the money" but feel we stand a better chance of getting answers by using this firm. We’ll keep you posted.

Anyway, long story short, I gave up my (reasonably) well paid job to help out at home after losing some time from work with stress and only now feel up to the challenge of a new career. 

This August I go back to college to finish what I started many years ago and gain my HND in TV studies (got my eye on a career in wedding videography) and part of my course involves directing a factual piece.  Providing my tutors agree i’d very much like to film a documentary piece about SPD and would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who’d be willing to appear on camera and tell their story to the world.  Despite this being a college project I will be chasing support (and possibly funding) from a broadcaster.  However, as I’m not gaurunteed financial support I will have to focus on Scottish based sufferers initially but my aim is to reach as wide an audience as possible in an effort to educate the general public about this condition and perhaps galvanise support from relevant authorities to bring about wider recognition of SPD.

If you’ve managed to stay awake long enough to read this far thankyou, I hope this is something you’d like to be involved with.



Pre-birth apples ‘benefit babies’

Pre-birth apples ‘benefit babies’

Apples in PregnancyChildren of mothers who eat plenty of apples during pregnancy are less likely to develop asthma, research suggests.
The University of Aberdeen project quizzed 2,000 mothers-to-be on their eating habits, then looked at their child’s health over five years.

They found that those who ate four or more apples a week were half as likely to have an asthmatic child compared with those who ate one or fewer.

The study was presented at the American Thoracic Society conference.

The researchers also found a link between eating more fish in pregnancy, and a lower chance of their child developing the allergic skin condition eczema.

Women who ate one or more portions of any type of fish during pregnancy weekly had almost half the chance of having a child diagnosed with eczema within the first five years.

There are no firm clues as to why apples and fish might be able to produce this benefit – no other foodstuffs were linked to decreases in asthma or eczema.

However, apples are already linked to better lung health when taken by adults, perhaps due to their antioxidant properties, and oily fish in particular contain Omega-3 oils, which, it has been suggested, offer health benefits.

It is, however, notoriously difficult to uncover links between maternal diet and child health, given the numerous other factors which may be involved in the development of diseases such as asthma and eczema.

The Aberdeen team has a group of 2,000 women, who, more than five years ago, monitored their food intake during pregnancy, and then allowed researchers to see what happened to their children.

Proof needed

The project, funded by the charity Asthma UK, has previously revealed links between vitamin consumption in pregnancy and lower levels of asthma.

This time, they feel that while the apparently strong link between apples and asthma does not prove that eating the fruit is the cause of lower asthma rates in children, it does offer a strong argument for a balanced diet during pregnancy.

Dr Graham Devereux, one of the lead researchers, said: “There may well be another factor in the lifestyles of women who eat lots of apples that is influencing this result.

“But it is certainly a clear association, and it is certainly less controversial to encourage women to eat more fruit during pregnancy rather than to take extra vitamins.”

Dr Victoria King, Research Development Manager at Asthma UK says: ‘This study suggests a simple modification that can be made to a pregnant mother’s diet which may help protect her child from developing asthma before the age of five.

“The study supports our advice to pregnant mothers to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

“One in ten children in the UK has asthma so it is vital to continue funding research that could reduce the incidence of childhood asthma.’

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Aspirin cuts pre-eclampsia risk

Aspirin ‘cuts pre-eclampsia risk’

Aspirin cuts pre-eclampsia riskTaking aspirin throughout pregnancy could reduce the risk of the potentially dangerous condition pre-eclampsia, a major study suggests.
A University of Sydney team analysed data on more than 32,000 women for a study published in The Lancet.

The results suggested cases of pre-eclampsia, which is caused by a defect in the placenta, could fall by 10% if aspirin was taken widely.

Experts urged caution, given the small risks linked to long-term aspirin use.

Pre-eclampsia can trigger high blood pressure and kidney problems.

It affects approximately 7% of pregnancies, and, if uncontrolled, can increase the chances of both mother and baby dying.

Although up to 35% of premature births in the UK are connected to the condition, the precise reason it develops is unknown.


Pre-eclampsia is known to cause excessive blood clotting in the placenta, which supplies nutrients and oxygen to the foetus, and various experts have suggested that aspirin, which inhibits clotting, could counter this.

The latest research used information gathered by dozens of smaller research projects to try to come up with a reliable verdict on the risks and benefits of the treatment.

It found that taking “low-dose aspirin” during pregnancy reduced the risk not only of pre-eclampsia, but also premature birth, and of “poor pregnancy outcome” in general.

The main health risk found by other studies to be associated with aspirin is an increased chance of bleeding, which is potentially a serious issue within pregnancy and birth.

However, the study found no evidence that taking aspirin long term might be linked to bleeding problems at any stage, although the researchers said that their evidence was not strong enough to rule this out entirely.

Overall, they said, the potential benefits of taking the drug might outweigh the risks, particularly in women at higher risk of pre-eclampsia, such as overweight or older mothers, or those with a previous or family history of the condition.

They wrote: “From a public-health perspective, especially for populations with a high risk of pre-eclampsia, even these moderate benefits could make more widespread use of anti-platelet agents (aspirin) worthwhile.”

Concerns remain

US experts James Roberts and Janet Catov, from the University of Pittsburgh, said that while some women were so obviously at high risk that aspirin was justified, it was harder to balance whether the potential harm caused by aspirin was a price worth paying in pregnancies where pre-eclampsia was less likely.

They wrote: “Is treating 50 women to prevent one case of pre-eclampsia or one pre-term birth worthwhile?”

This was echoed by Mike Rich, chief executive of charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia, who said the study would help spread the message about the potential benefits of aspirin to a wider audience of doctors.

He said: “Under no circumstances should pregnant women self-medicate with aspirin. While this study suggests that aspirin can have benefits to women at high risk, the decision to use aspirin should only be made in consultation with your doctor.”

A spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists added: “It is a moderate reduction of around 10% but given that pre-eclampsia is potentially serious for some women and their babies, this is an important finding.

“No single sub-group of women seems to benefit particularly from low-dose aspirin.

“The decision on whether to take it in pregnancy should be made following discussion between the woman and her obstetrician, taking into account her individual risk of developing the condition.”

Womb infection after ERPC.

Warning – miserable, self indulgent whinge bag post ahead…

I’ve been to the doctors today as I’m still bleeding 4 weeks after I had
my ERPC following a miscarriage. Turns out that he thinks I have a womb infection – Endometritis to be precise. So at least that explains why I’ve been feeling like poo.

My tummy has been tender ever since the op and I’ve been feeling really very tired. I put it down to the bleeding as I’d been bleeding for 4 weeks before the miscarriage was confirmed, and its been 4 weeks since so 8 in total. The bleeding hasn’t been heavy but enough to need a pad. Its fluctuated between fresh and old blood and has been interspersed with a brown discharge, which has started to smell unpleasant (TMI!) Last night, I started with a temperature and have been feeling generally rubbish. The doctor examined my tummy – and I about jumped through the ceiling. He wanted swabs taken, and got one of the nurses to do it this morning, which for our surgery is nothing short of a miracle. The nurse was lovely although she did say that inside it all looks very sore and inflamed and to be honest, it hurt like hell when she did it. Bless her, she was very quick but man it really did hurt.

So I’ve got 2 types of horse-strength anti-biotics to take and the swab results will be back in a week. I should start to see an improvement by the beginning of next week and I’ve got to ring next week for the results. If I’m not better by then, I’ve got to go back.

Its good to know that there is a reason, although to be honest it does feel a bit like its the insult to add to the injury. I’ve been so desperate to get my body back to help to feel a bit better about things, and to keep bleeding has felt like a constant reminder of what happened every time I’ve been to the loo.

Hopefully, once the infection clears up, the bleeding should stop and then things should start to get back to normal. I hope it does, as I really do feel rubbish right now.


Ovulation pains?


Hoping someone can advise me again :)

Is it normal to experience dragging aches/pains on left and right, and in legs slightly during ovulation? I don’t know for sure when i ovulate as only been ttc last few months, but I’m on day 14 now and these are the pains I’m getting right now. It’s more of an achy feeling, to be honest it’s more uncomfortable than painful. Aside from the egg white (which i don’t seem to be getting) are there any other signs i should be looking out for? Sorry if i sound daft but I’m really new to all this.

Thanks in advance


Experts back folic acid in flour

Folic Acid in BreadThe UK’s official food watchdog is backing the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to reduce birth defects such as spina bifida. The proposal will go before the board of the Food Standards Agency next week for ratification.

If passed, ministers will then decide whether to press ahead.

Scientific research shows that folic acid significantly cuts the risk of neural tube defects, which affect up to 900 pregnancies a year in the UK.

However, there is concern that adding the vitamin to flour could harm some elderly patients, as it could mask a deficiency in the B12 vitamin.

Up to 10% of those aged 65 and older have borderline B12 levels and could tip into deficiency.

In extreme cases, this can cause irreversible damage to the nervous system.

The recommendation to the FSA board suggests that products containing folic acid at nutritionally significant levels should be clearly labelled.

It also argues that mandatory fortification should be accompanied by new controls on the voluntary addition of folic acid to other products, such as breakfast cereals and low-fat spreads, and on the use of folic acid supplements.

A system for monitoring the health impact of fortification would also be needed.

Unplanned pregnancies

Wholemeal flour would be exempt from fortification in order to give consumers more choice.

The FSA already advises women to eat extra folic acid when trying to get pregnant.

However, research suggests that only half of such women adhere to this advice.

Also, up to half of pregnancies are unplanned, meaning women may miss the opportunity.

Each year between 500 and 600 babies in the UK are reported to have neural tube defects. It is thought many of the other affected pregnancies are terminated.

Mandatory fortification has already been introduced in the USA, Canada and Chile, where it cut NTD rates by between 27% and 50%.

A panel of UK experts, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), last year backed mandatory fortification of flour.

SACN found no evidence that vitamin B12 deficiency was masked in older people, provided folic acid doses were 1mg a day or less.

An FSA consultation on the issue drew 202 responses from industry, consumer groups and individuals.

The baking industry raised “practical concerns” about the fortification of bread.

It said bread-making flour couldn’t easily be separated from other flours in mills.