Health News 6/7/17

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Brain Size and Drinking

New research suggests moderate drinking could lead to a decline in brain health.

British scientists tracked the alcohol consumption of more than 500 healthy adults for 30 years.

Heavy drinkers had the highest risk of brain shrinkage in areas linked to memory and spacial navigation.

But even moderate drinkers were three times more likely to have a loss in brain volume than non-drinkers.

Higher alcohol consumption was also linked to a faster decline in language fluency.

There was no protective effect of light drinking (up to 7 drinks a week) over abstinence.

Exercise During and After Pregnancy

Women at risk for post partum depression may want to get out and exercise.

New research shows physical activity during pregnancy and after childbirth boosted womens’ mood and reduced depression symptoms.

In fact, any type or intensity of exercise was beneficial for these women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 to 20-percent of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms.

What causes women to stop breastfeeding

A new study sheds light on what causes women to stop breastfeeding.

Data shows mothers who are young, less educated or return to work within 12 weeks were more likely to quit breastfeeding before six months.

Women who gave birth by c-section and had a low milk supply also tended to stop nursing early.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for a baby’s first six months.

The AAP also says babies should continue to breastfeed along with other sources of nutrition for one year.

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