Health Buzz: Preterm Births and Other Health News


How to Prevent Preterm Birth

A study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that premature babies were at greater risk of dying throughout childhood. Preemies are defined as those born before 37 weeks of gestation, or more than three weeks before their due date.

The problem also appears to be getting worse because of the rising average age of expectant mothers and growing use of fertility treatments. This leads to multiple births and medical complications that often end pregnancy early. Preterm births now account for nearly 13 percent of all U.S. births, compared with 9 percent 25 years ago.

Though there's no way to guarantee a full-term birth, pregnant women can take certain steps to maximize their odds. For a list of these tips, read Deborah Kotz's On Women column.

What to Take for Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer

The 2.5 million American women who've been diagnosed with breast cancer often face this difficult conundrum: The cancer treatments they take tend to give them hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms-- or worsen those symptoms-- yet they're advised not to take the most effective treatment against them, hormone replacement therapy, because it may increase the chance of the cancer recurring.

What's the best course of action? U.S. News called on the experts for answers.

More Demand for Plastic Surgery

The demand for cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation and Botox injections is booming, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The society reported that approximately 12 million treatments took place last year, nearly double the number done in 2000.

Young women account for part of this growth in anti-aging procedures. And men, too, appear to have a growing appetite for noninvasive cosmetic treatments.

Longevity: 4 Examples on How to Do it

Based on research on the world's healthiest older people, Dan Buettner, author of the brand-new book The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, distills the behaviors they share down to nine ways you can extend your years of wellness. They include moving naturally, cutting calorie intake by 20 percent, and drinking red wine in moderation. Read more of the tips or view a gallery of the regions of the world that inspired this book.

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