Study reveals that exercise during pregnancy aids fetal development
NEW ORLEANS According to a study called the “Effects of Maternal Exercise on Fetal Breathing Movements,” researchers determined that exercise during pregnancy may benefit fetal development.
Specifically, fetal heart rate was significantly lower in a control exercise group during both breathing and non-breathing movement periods; and fetal short-term and overall heart rate variability were higher in the exercise group during breathing movements.
“These findings suggest a potential benefit of maternal exercise on fetal development because of the link between fetal breathing movements and the developing autonomic nervous system,” stated Linda May of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
The researchers are planning to next explore the use exercise as a potential intervention to improve short and long term outcomes in children born to women at risk for gestational diabetes.
The researchers will discuss their findings at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Physiological Society, which is part of the Experimental Biology 2009 scientific conference in New Orleans April 18 through 22.
Thrive Allergy Expo kicks off in Chicago
CHICAGO The Thrive Allergy Expo will be kicking off its inaugural consumer expo this weekend, April 18 and 19, at the McCormick Place, providing consumers education and samples around a number of allergy-related conditions.
Thrive will present speakers across two platforms — the Healthy Living Forum and Marketplace Forum.
At the Healthy Living Forum, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Lung Association, Children’s Memorial Hospital: Food Allergy Study, MedicAlert, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and the Gluten Intolerance Group will speak on both days of the event. Discussion topics and presentations include asthma, eczema, food allergies, Celiac Disease and precautions and avoidance tips to increase allergy safety.
At the Marketplace Forum speakers include Twinject, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immnology, AllergyZone, Gluten Intolerance Group, Lisa Cooks Allergen Free, Merchant du Vin, and authors Jules Shepard and Kim Koeller. Anaphylaxis, indoor air quality, evolution of gluten-free beer, how to keep a gluten-free kitchen and how to safely eat out with food allergies and Celiac Disease are some of the topics that will be addressed at this Forum.
RediClinic offers three allergy-testing packages to patients
HOUSTON Looking to help those Americans suffering from seasonal allergies, retail-based clinic operator RediClinic is positioning itself as a convenient and affordable destination for allergy care.
“For many sufferers, seasonal allergies are a minor annoyance, but for others they can be a cause for great concern,” stated Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic. “RediClinic is the perfect destination for anyone experiencing allergy symptoms, from a runny nose and itchy eyes to shortness of breath and headaches. All 21 of our locations in the greater Houston and Austin areas offer a wide variety of testing and treatment options, including steroid injections when they are medically appropriate.”
The clinic operator offers patients three allergy testing package options.
The basic package, priced at $69, tests for 12 common allergens, plus regional environmental and food allergens. The choice package, which costs $129, tests an additional 90 allergens. The premier package, priced at $189, tests 135 additional allergens. Once an allergen is identified, clinicians will interpret test results and discuss treatment options.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 1-in-7 Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.