Health in brief

smoke HAZARD: Nonsmokers married to smokers have a greatly increased chance of having strokes, says a US study, showing another hazard from second-hand smoke.

smoke HAZARD: Nonsmokers married to smokers have a greatly increased chance of having strokes, says a US study, showing another hazard from second-hand smoke.

Being married to a smoker raises the stroke risk by 42 percent in people who have never smoked compared with those married to someone who never smoked.

BABIES AT RISK: Some premature babies might have a higher risk of developing emphysema and other lung problems, researchers have found.

A small study of 21 infants born up to four months prematurely in the 1980s and weighing as little as 0,6 kg showed that by the time they were young adults all had lung problems.

cellphone delinquents: Children whose mothers used cellphones frequently during pregnancy and who are themselves cellphone users are more likely to have behavior problems, new research shows. The finding points To a need for further research.

People are going to use more and more cellphones, so new studies should be undertaken to look into what the potential health effects are and ways to reduce risks.

diabetes SCREENING: Developing diabetes while pregnant - called gestational diabetes - increases a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on.

"Because of the high level of risk for these women, screening for type 2 diabetes and preventive measures should be taken," Denice Feig of the University of Toronto, said.

Detecting and treating type 2 diabetes is crucial if a woman plans to become pregnant again, because poorly controlled diabetes in pregnancy increases the risk of fetal malformations and stillbirth.- Reuters

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