Aug.18: IN A CAPSULE
Vitamin B7 supplements pose danger
Lab results changed
Biotin supplements (vitamin B7) have gained popularity with those seeking stronger, healthier hair, skin and nails. But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that taking biotin supplementsÂ can alter results in laboratory tests, including ones for anemia, cancer,Â heart disease, pregnancy andÂ thyroid problems.
According to Consumer Reports, taking biotin supplements could lead to misdiagnosis because biotin is also used in lab tests to bond with proteins in blood. Those proteins are measured to detect many health conditions.
Â C-section babies at risk of health problems
Costs of intervention
Babies born by caesarean are almost three times more likely to suffer from metabolic disorders like diabetes or obesity. According to a new study, published in the journal Birth, they are also more likely to have respiratory infections and eczema.
According to the researchers, children born by spontaneous vaginal birth had fewer short and longâ€term health problems, compared with those born after birth interventions.Â The reason suggested was that medical interventions interrupt the normal stress of being born. Thatâ€™s why babies may be missing out on healthy bacteria they would acquire during vaginal birth.
Natural birth best