This week’s stories include vitamin news, conception timing, new resources on HPV, as well as new tools for doing health promotion online. Read on!
Giving birth prematurely (early) can have many repercussions for a baby’s health, including breathing, heart and brain problems. A new study found that children conceived during the month of May faced a 10% greater risk for premature birth compared to babies conceived at other times of the year. Researchers believe that the reason could be that expectant mothers are more likely to be exposed to the flu close to the time they are about to give birth, another reason to get a flu shot if you are thinking about getting pregnant. Click here to read more.
What is HPV? New Information Page from the CDC
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 types of HPV. HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. Click here to see the CDC’s newly updated information page about HPV.
We build our bones when we’re young (up to age 26). Then, as we get older, they get weaker and more fragile. Now a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has shown that this bone-aging process can be significantly accelerated through deficiency of vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. Click here to learn more.
As a part of its technical assistance and training efforts, AIDS.gov provides resources on how to use new media. These tools aren’t just for those working in the field of AIDS/HIV prevention – they are valuable for anyone working to promote health. The agency recently updated its “New Media Tools” webpage to make it easier to locate and use these resources. For more, see this post on the AIDS.gov blog.