Sept.17: IN A CAPSULE
- Posted by CERC India
- Posted in September
Chewing gum good for C-section patients
While chewing gum is generally frowned upon by parents of teenagers, a new study has revealed a benefit of gum chewing. New mothers who chewed gum right after delivery via cesarean section, and then again at periodic intervals until they passed gas, experienced normal bowel movements. They regained their appetite soon and also reported less nausea or vomiting.
The study was published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. The researchers said health providers could consider implementing gum-chewing as part of cesarean post-operative care. It was a simple, inexpensive intervention.Â
Daily 30-minute walk may slash cancer deaths by half
WalkingÂ for just 30 minutes a day can boost the chances of beatingÂ cancerÂ by almost half, research shows. Separate studies involving breast (Queensland University of Technology in Australia) and bowel cancer (Harvard University) patients came to this conclusion.
Most patients in both studies did brisk walking as their main activity. Scientists believe that even moderate exercise can slow tumour growth or prevent tumours from returning by reducing levels of certain hormones. Exercise also helps by preventing obesity, as fat tissue produces hormones that stimulate tumour growth.