There has been an ongoing shift in the past several years to a " planned C-section birth " option for women giving birth, as opposed to waiting for labor to begin and having a natural vaginal delivery. Some professional women want the ability to schedule the birth of their child, while other women fear the pain, long hours of labor and other events typically involved in a vaginal delivery. Even though you can easily request an epidural to help control and minimize pain, some women just want to control and plan the event. The problem is that there may be increased risks for mother and child with a C-section and so there have recently been studies and scrutiny of these two very different approaches to delivery.
It's important to note that there are occasions when a C-section is necessary . The bottom line seems to be that after reviewing the best studies, cesarean deliveries (emergency) seem to present significantly more risks than vaginal deliveries (t...
Asthma is a disease that's been described in writings that go all the way back to 5,000 B.C . Despite it's long history , asthma experts still struggle to understand why 10 percent of people develop this disease.
Around 400 B.C. the Hippocratic writers suspected asthma was hereditary, and asthma physicians for years have suspected the same. Yet they had no proof.
Thankfully modern scientists have been working overtime to learn more about this disease, particlarly with one question in mind: what causes asthma?
The latest evidence is quite stunning. While scientists continue to believe there is a hereditary or genetic link, they've also learned that you don't have to have the asthma gene to develop asthma.
This wisdom is important because it may lead to methods of preventing asthma, better medicine, and a possible cure. As of this day, scientists have linked all of the following as possible cause...
So what exactly causes asthma anyway? The truth is scientists still don't know for sure. Yet a growing stack of evidence suggests events that occur before birth, or just after birth, may increase the risk of your baby getting asthma.
Thus, according to various studies, the following are now believed to cause asthma (Learn more by clicking on the links provided):
1. Cleanliness: The hygiene hypothesis and microflora hypothesis both propose lack of exposure to bacteria may set off an immune response that causes asthma. This is especially true in the first year of life when the immune system is developing.
2. Antibiotics : Kids who received even one dose of antibiotics before 6 months were 40 percent more likely to develop asthma and allergies. The theory here is antibiotics wipe out bacteria that are needed to help the immune system develop. (I wrote more about this here . Also, to learn what bacteria have to do with caus...
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