• DOH to Investigate if Baby's Death Is Tied to Hospital Deposit Policy

    Plus, studies show breastfeeding may lower risk of endometriosis, 'Frozen' socks recall, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • DOH to investigate a 1-month-old's death after alleged hospital's refusal 

    Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial told GMA News Online via a text message that the DOH Regional Office 9 will investigate the death of an infant who was allegedly refused care in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pagadian City Mendero Hospital, in Zamboanga.  

    According to mom Rebecca Iyas, her 1-month-old daughter Chelsey was already confined in the pediatric ward due to high fever when her doctor recommended her transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU). Rebecca paid the deposit, but the hospital allegedly required another P10,000 for the use of medical equipment such as an oxygen tank. By the time Rebecca was able to pool the money, it was too late, and her baby passed away. Chelsey’s grandmother, Adelaida Iyas, told GMA News Online that the hospital refused to turn over Chelsey’s body to the family until the family settled the total bill, amounting to P10,732.15.

    President Rodrigo Duterte signed The Anti-Hospital Deposit Bill into law earlier in August, which could strip any facility of its license if they refuse treatment of an emergency or serious medical conditions without a deposit. The medical director of Pagadian City Mendero Hospital said the hospital only requires a deposit for patients admitted to the ICU. Chelsey’s doctor said she told the family her recommendation to move Chelsey to the ICU had no guarantee that the baby would survive. 

    Breastfeeding may lower risk of endometriosis
    According to a new study, nursing may be linked to reduced chances of developing endometriosis. Endometriosis refers to the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, which can cause severe pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation. It can also cause infertility. Researchers had looked at 72,392 women who had one or more pregnancies. Compared with women who nursed for less than a month per pregnancy, those who nursed for a year or more had a 32 percent reduced risk for endometriosis. Researchers suggest that one of the possible explanations is that breastfeeding helps prolong the pause in menstruation after pregnancy. (nytimes.com)

    Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids
    New research suggests that mothers who are under extreme stress while pregnant may be increasing their child’s risk for behavioral problems. "Mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder," lead study author Dr. Ian Colman said. A mother’s stress can alter the brain of the fetus, and these changes may be long-lasting or permanent, he added. According to the study, behavioral disorders are also associated with school failure, substance use/abuse, and criminal activity. The study aims to call for improved care for mothers and help them manage stress to give their children the best start in life. (sciencedaily.com)

    Chemical found in yoga mats, furniture can affect IVF chances
    Women with high levels of organophosphate flame retardants (PFR) in their urine may have a lower success at getting pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. These chemicals are found in foam materials such as yoga mats and upholstered furniture. Over 80 percent of women tested positive for three chemical components in PFR. Th study found that women with higher concentrations of these chemicals had "41 percent decreased chances of clinical pregnancy," lower chances of having a live birth, less likely to have successful implantation, and a lower probability of fertilization. The problem comes when flame retardants that are merely mixed into the base material escape from the product and settle into its environment in the form of dust. Researchers believe that it is best for couples who are undergoing IVF to avoid products that contain flame retardants. (techtimes.com)

    Recall alert: Lindex Frozen socks

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    Finnish-owned fashion chain Lindex has recalled its three-pack Frozen-designed socks for fear they may contain a restricted chemical. The affected pair of socks in question are the one with the Princess Anna design. “The chemical that has been discovered is not allowed as it breaks down to substances that are suspected to be carcinogenic,” the company’s statement read. Only one of its deliveries was found to contain the chemical, but the company is recalling all socks with article number 833 7410285 5170 1611 to be on the safe side. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

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