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5 Things You Should Know About This Week in Women's Health News (November 6)

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American women gain too much weight during their pregnancies.

According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of women gain more weight than what is healthy for them and their unborn child during pregnancy. The study looked at data from 41 different states from 2013, and found that just 32 percent of women gained the recommended amount of weight.

NBC News

Having your sleep interrupted is worse than not getting enough sleep.

A new study in the journal “Sleep” from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that waking up during the night is worse for you than not only getting a short amount of sleep. The researchers split up a group of 62 individuals. One group, the control, was allowed to sleep through the night, a second group was allowed to sleep through the night but not until a later time and the third group was woken up several times during the night. When looking at the mood of those involved, those who were woken up several times had a more negative outlook than those who slept for a short amount of time or had a full night sleep.
Daily Times Gazette

When you experienced your first period can impact whether you have an early death.

A study done in Europe that looked at 323,000 women of an average age of 50 found that the time in which women experienced certain reproductive milestones was linked to a decrease in risk of early death. The researchers followed the women for 13 years, during which time approximately 14,000 of the women died. It was found that those who got their period at age 15 or later had a decreased risk of early death by 10 percent, and those who gave birth after the age of 20 and before the age of 31 also decreased their risk by 10 percent. Those who had breastfed at one point in their life had a reduced risk of 8 percent, and those who had taken birth control reduced their risk for early dying by 10 percent.
Fox News
Medical News Today

Growing up with a dog makes the risk for developing asthma decrease.

According to a new study from Sweden, children are 13 percent less likely to become asthmatic if they grew up with a dog. The researchers observed data from 2001 to 2010, and found that not only having a dog can lower risk of asthma, but living around farm animals can decrease the risk by about 50 percent for school age children and 30 percent for those preschool age.
Huffington Post

Small study suggests that brain stimulation may assist in weight loss.

In a very small study of nine people published in the journal Obesity, it was found that those who were stimulated in the brain may be able to lose weight more easily. After putting the participants on a five day diet, they were given either a false or active transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a current that goes into the brain via electrodes. After the study, those who had received the currents consumed less calories per day.

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