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Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
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Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
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Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
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Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
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Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
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Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
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Be Healthy, Spend Less
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
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Go To Work But Skip The Car
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
Olde Time Medicine Therapy May Prevent Alcoholic Relapse
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Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
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Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
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Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
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KID'S HEALTH
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6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
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Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
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6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
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Natural Therapies for Menopause
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1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids

FRIDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Women who 32 years ago lived in the area of a major dioxin spill in Italy have been six times more likely to give birth to babies with altered thyroid function than other women, a new study reports.

The study, published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, looks at the aftereffect of an accidental release of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin or TCDD, the most toxic dioxin known, during a 1976 incident at a chemical factory in Seveso, Italy.

Dioxins are a chemical byproduct of waste incineration that don't degrade and can accumulate in people. Previous studies have shown that women exposed to dioxins may have babies with damaged thyroid glands.

Researchers at the University of Milan found that babies born to mothers who lived in an area near the factory at the time of the disaster had high blood levels of TSH, a thyroid secreting hormone that -- in overabundance -- is associated with a failing thyroid and can cause damage to a baby's developing body and brain.

The authors said further studies on the long-term progress of the children with high TSH levels are needed to see if they have more development problems, such as reduced growth and intellectual development.

More information

The American Thyroid Association has more about thyroid disorders.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Harvard School of Public Health, news release, July 28, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 01, 2008

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