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Journal Scan 7- Obesity in children. Shift work and the risk of heart attack.

Obesity in children carries long term risk. The lipid profile in blood is worse and the extra weight puts a strain on the heart. We do not deal with children under 16, but the message is clear to me. The whole family needs to be healthy.

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4759

Is the progesterone-only pill dangerous? This study looked at the risk of DVT (blood clots in the leg) and found no increase in risk with the IUD or tablets. Injectable types might carry an increased risk, but need further study. Of course, this study did not look at the risk of heart attacks or ectopic pregnancies. If you have heart trouble, then a cardiac assessment if the is concern about the use of contraception or HRT is valuable to produce a tailored, individual rims assessment. No two people are the same!

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4944

Shift work is bad for you! This study looking at over 2 million workers suggests that the risk of heart attack and stroke. They estimate that 1/3 of the population in Canada is on shift work, and so the shift work itself might Account for 1% of strokes and 7% of all heart attacks. Clearly smoking, blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are more important, and perhaps easier to alter, but none the less, as we move to a 24/7 society, we should be aware of the risks.
The graph below shows that if the diamond is to the right of the line, then shift work is bad for you!

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4800

Posted on 10 October 2012
Author: LCC
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