Entries in Woman (3)


Baby's Birth Captured by MRI, Creating Time-Lapse Movie

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- This is not your average video of a live birth. German researchers have used Magnetic Resonance Imaging to peer inside a woman's body during labor, a medical first that sheds light on the birth process.

The researchers, from Charité University Hospital in Berlin, created the 30-second movie using cinematic MRI, a technique that strings together snapshots from deep inside the body.

"Knowledge about the mechanism of labor is based on assumptions and radiographic studies performed decades ago," the researchers wrote about in their story published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The video shows the mother's final push and her baby's swift arrival in the world, providing anatomical clues that could help guide doctors during tricky deliveries.

"For the vast majority of women, letting nature take its course is a pretty good way to give birth," said Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "But it's interesting to find ways to understand it better. And if this helps us learn ways to avoid Cesarean section and have babies come out vaginally, there could be some benefit."

"It's just so generous that she would be willing to support science by sharing something so personal and private," Greenfield said. "I imagine she'd had lots of babies before she knew how she was going to handle it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


‘Happiest Woman’ Succeeds in Finding Work-Life Balance

Courtesy Mary Claire Orenic(NEW YORK) -- Mary Claire Orenic of California may just be “the happiest woman in America,” according to USA Today.

At 50 years old, Orenic is a senior manager at a global company.  She has a husband she adores and a son on his way to college.  She might put in 45 to 60 hours at her job during the week but unwinds at the beach on the weekend.

According to experts, Orenic exemplifies a high level of well-being for women in the 45- to 55-year-old age group -- the largest demographic in the U.S. today.

Gail Sheehy, a journalist and the author of  the 1970s best-seller Passages, told ABC News that this group was in particular crisis.

“This generation of women at midlife has a lower level of well-being than any other generation,” Sheehy told ABC News.  “It’s always been that [when] women got to their 40s and 50s, they were happier than at any other time in their lives.  This generation is the most stressed and distressed.”

USA Today asked Gallup-Healthways to identify what contributed to well-being in the midlife age group.

In addition to a good marriage, a strong support network of friends and a positive attitude is important.  Gallup-Healthways found that having a career and finding a good work-life balance also helped. For the most part, Orenic has all of this.

Pollsters said that many women at this midlife stage still worked full-time. Orenic said she had no plans to slow down.

“I need that fulfillment,” she said. “I’ve always worked.  I’ve usually worked 40 hours. I think I’ll do that when I retire.”

Gallup-Healthways’ data also found that having a flexible work schedule and a short commute was also important for happiness in  the 45-55 age group.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Influence Your Child's Palate Before Birth

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Want to instill in your child a love of vegetables? Start early. Very early.

New research by the Monell Chemical Senses Center finds mothers can influence a baby's palate and food memories before it is born. The study finds that what a woman eats during her pregnancy shapes the baby's food preferences later in life.

In the womb, the baby is surrounded and nourished on the amniotic fluid, which is filled with the flavors of what the mom has eaten.

"Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint -- these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," Julie Mennella, a researcher at Monell, told National Public Radio.

The babies are feasting on the flavored amniotic fluid, forming memories of these flavors even before birth. These memories result in preferences for these foods or odors for a lifetime.

For example, eating broccoli while pregnant means there's a better chance your baby will like broccoli more than another baby whose mother did not eat broccoli.

Very early exposure to flavors, before and after birth, and reinforcement of those flavors make it more likely that children will accept a wide variety of flavors.

Researchers say this helps explain why kids from countries with more adventurous menus enjoy more diverse foods than a child exposed to American peanut butter and jelly and chicken nuggets.

The lesson: If you want your children to eat a healthy diet or more adventurous diet, you should expose them to all the right, healthy flavors early on. Very early on.

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