ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
CAREGIVING
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gas Cooking Might Up Your Cancer Risk
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
EYE CARE, VISION
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
FITNESS
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Maximize Your Run
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk

FRIDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Living in a rural area may increase a woman's chance of developing preeclampsia and other pregnancy-related blood pressure disorders by 56 percent, a new study says.

The six-year study on women who gave birth in Colorado also found that those with some college education had a 19 percent great chance of having preeclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) than those with only a high school education. The rate was also higher, but not statistically significant, for women with more than a college education.

The findings were presented at the American Society of Nephrology's recent annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Several factors, such as older age, giving birth to multiple babies and excessive weight gain, are known risk factors for preeclampsia and PIH and were validated in this new study. The ties to rural living, though, were new, and one researcher suggested it may be associated with maternal poverty and social deprivation.

"Although traditional risk factors for preeclampsia and PIH are well recognized, these diseases remain enigmatic, and there is no known effective way to reduce their incidence," lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Moore, of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, said in a news release. "Nontraditional risk factors may be of great importance in the design of future interventions to prevent the occurrence of PIH and preeclampsia, but data regarding these risk factors are scarce."

Preeclampsia causes rapid increases in blood pressure, along with kidney damage. Although it's a very common condition and the third most common cause of maternal death in the United States, its cause is unknown. It has no cure, but it usually resolves after delivery.

More information

The Preeclampsia Foundation has more about preeclampsia.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Society of Nephrology, news release, Nov. 8, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 14, 2008

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