(August 30, 2011 - Insidermedicine)
From California - Exposure to flame retardants during pregnancy raises risk of low birthweight babies, according to a report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers studied nearly 300 pregnant women, measuring their exposure to polybrominated biphenyl ethers (a flame retardant chemical found in many household products). They found that every 10x increase of PBDEs in the mothers blood resulted in a 4.1 ounce decrease in the babies birthweight.
From Denmark - Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress finds that primary PCI is the most effective reperfusion therapy for heart attack. Studying nearly 10,000 heart attack patients, researchers found that mortality was lowered when patients were diagnosed with an ECG in the ambulance and taken directly to the catheritization lab where they underwent PCI.
And finally, from Atlanta - Giving infants the rotavirus vaccine may also protect older children and adults, according to a report published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers found that implementation of routine rotavirus vaccination of infants in 2006 resulted in lower rotavirus-related hospital admissions among individuals aged 5-24 who were not eligible for the vaccine