Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - August 2006
Natural Birth Not Linked to Bladder Trouble
Family history is a more likely predictor of incontinence later in a woman's life than a prior vaginal birth. It has been a common misconception that vaginal births lead to bladder troubles. But a study in the December 2005 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that overactive bladder symptoms were no more likely in women who experienced vaginal delivery than those who had cesarean sections.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 30 to 50 percent of adult women experience urinary incontinence. The researchers from the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center suggest genetic factors are more likely the culprit than vaginal deliveries.
Cats Get Up, But Their Dander Doesn't
Your cat might leave the family room, but the dander she sheds could bother allergy sufferers for a long time. People who have asthma and are allergic to cats can be bothered by cat dander almost a full day after a cat pads away.
Researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, found that because of cat allergens' miniscule size - smaller than pollen - they are inhaled more deeply into the lungs.
What should people with pet allergies do? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggests washing your cat weekly and talking to your vet about diets that can help reduce your cat's hair loss.
LEARN MORE: Visit www.aaaai.org.
Impotence Risk Greater Among Smokers
Researchers have found that smoking increases the risk of impotence in men in a wide age range. According to Dr. Christopher Millett, who worked on a study of 8,000 men in Australia between the ages of 16 and 59, men who smoke increase their risk of impotence by up to 40 percent. About a quarter of the men in the study were smokers. The more cigarettes the men smoked, the greater their risk of suffering a sexual performance problem.
Men who said they smoked a pack or more each day were 39 percent more likely to report impotence. Men who smoked fewer than 20 cigarettes per day had a 20 percent increased risk. Nearly one in 10 men in the entire group said they experienced a problem lasting for more than a month during the previous year.