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Fracking and Babies

Science Advances published a study on-line Dec 13, 2017 that showed babies born to mothers residing within 3 km of a fracking (hydraulic fracturing) site had worse infant health and lower weight than other babies.  Babies within 1 km fared the worse with a 25% increase in the probability of low birthweight (<2500g). Researchers examined 1.1 million births and models were controlled for fixed mother effects.

This enlightening and concerning study estimated that approximately 29,000 babies are born near US fracking sites each year.

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:40AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

US Children's Health Funding Approved by House

On Nov 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to continue CHIP, a federal insurance program for approximately 9 million lower-income children and pregnant women. The funding continues to be debated, especially since the bill had riders added to it.  Passage is not guaranteed. A vote by the Senate could be held up until the December holidays or beyond.

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:11PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Encourage all women to make sure they know the recommended screening intervals for breast cancer and their own individual needs.  Then, as the cartoon character Maxine says “Grab the pumpkins and go get a mammogram”!

American Cancer Society guidelines are:

  • Women ages 40 to 44 - start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) when desired
  • Women age 45 to 54 - mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older - switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • If high risk, then talk with your physician about screening intervals.

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10:36AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Championing Children's Access to Healthcare

The Children’s Hospital Association, with 200 member children’s hospitals, tweeted that the latest healthcare reform effort, , would reduce access and coverage for 30 million kids in the US.  No matter what the facts are about funding and priorities, hopefully the result of the political debate will be something that helps keep our children and our future healthier.  Let’s keep healthy children a priority.

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:50PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

One-third of Hispanic Women have Heart Disease

National Hispanic Heritage Month and World Heart Day (Sept 29th) intersect.  What a great time to increase awareness about women and heart disease, treatment and prevention. Did you know that 1 in 3 Hispanic women have heart disease? We need to do everything we can to help address this growing health concern. WomenHeart is one source of inspiration about what to do - from mentoring to political advocacy.

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:30PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References32 References