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Monday, October 20, 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by sevenfold

Posted: 18 Oct 2014 09:28 AM PDT

Patients with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have a poor neurological outcome or die after sudden cardiac arrest than those who were not deficient. Nearly one-third of the patients who were deficient in vitamin D had died 6 months after their cardiac arrest, whereas all patients with sufficient vitamin D levels were still alive.

Smoking during pregnancy alters newborn stress hormones, DNA, study finds

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 03:37 PM PDT

The effects of smoking during pregnancy, and its impact on the stress response in newborn babies, has been the focus of recent study. The research indicates that newborns of mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy show lower levels of stress hormones, lowered stress response, and alterations in DNA for a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to fetus.

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