ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
More Single Women Are Having Babies
Week of Historic Senate Hearings on Integrative Medicine May Open New Doors
Workplace Wellness Seems to Really Work
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers exposed to a common hairspray chemical while at work may be more likely to have sons born with an abnormally placed urinary opening, a new report says.

Many cosmetics such as deodorants, fragrances, and nail and hair products contain chemicals called phthalates, such as diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Sons born to hairdressers, beauty therapists, research chemists, line operators, pharmaceutical operators or other jobs where the mother was likely to come in contact with phthalates had a two to three times greater risk for the birth defect known as hypospadias.

Phthalates or their metabolites, including monoethyl phthalate (MEP) and mono-n-butyl phthalate (MBP), have been previously linked to other abnormalities in male infants including hypospadias.

The study, by researchers with Imperial College in London, also found that mothers who took folate supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy cut their risk of a having a boy with hypospadias by 36 percent. The study also contradicted previous studies by finding no link between a vegetarian or vegan diet and offspring with hypospadias.

The study recently was accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about birth defects.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives, news release, Nov. 21, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 26, 2008

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