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>> Preventing a pregnancy problem

>> Teen Health: are the kids alright?

>> An unconventional approach to a life-threatening heartbeat abnormality

The Med & Mic™ 04.28.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Preeclampsia Prevention Plan

A new, evidence-based care plan for those at moderate to high risk for preeclampsia has been developed to prevent this complication of pregnancy. The condition is characterized by dangerously high blood pressure and is a leading cause of maternal and infant death. The plan includes at-home blood pressure checks, low-dose aspirin, a Mediterranean diet, exercise, and seven hours of sleep a night. Some factors for high risk include chronic high blood pressure, being over 40, and carrying twins or multiples. Some factors for moderate risk include having a first child with a current partner or a first child in more than ten years. (Source: STAT News, T. Gaffney, 4.28.23)

High Schooler Health

A 2021 CDC survey shows that diet and physical activity levels among high schoolers were as bad or worse compared to 2019. Three out of four did not eat breakfast daily, and nearly half are not eating fruits and vegetables. Only 24% are physically active for the recommended hour per day. (Source: CBS News, A. Tin, 4.27.23)

Treating Irregular Heartbeat with Radiation

In early research, doctors are using radiation to treat people with a life-threatening heartbeat abnormality called ventricular tachycardia. Usually, doctors avoid applying radiation to the heart due to possible long term complications, however people with this heart rhythm problem have more immediate concerns. To deliver the precisely focused radiation, doctors use 250 EKG electrodes (a typical EKG takes only ten) and detailed scans to identify the point where the heartbeat goes awry. In animal studies, a one-time dose of radiation spurred misfiring heart cells to repair themselves. (Source: AP, L. Neergaard, 4.27.23)

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