ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
CANCER
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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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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