Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Autumn foods to fall for, A nutritionist selects her top seasonal foods - MSN Health UK

Autumn foods to fall for, A nutritionist selects her top seasonal foods - MSN Health UK: "Yvonne Bishop-Weston, a top nutritionist from Foods for Life, believes that autumn is a time of year when our bodies need a little help to fight common winter conditions. She says: 'During October, when the weather begins to cool, we are destined to spend more time indoors than out and we are therefore more at risk of germ swapping. However, nature provides us with a host of foods that help us prepare our immune system for the approaching winter months. Antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals are abundant in the many brightly coloured fruit and veg available in October."

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Milk 'unfit for human consumption' says EU

Britain faces devastating allegations that it is allowing milk containing antibiotics and other contaminants into the food chain.

The European Commission announced it is prosecuting the UK for failing to enforce proper residue testing and hygiene standards.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Teens Smoke For Smaller Baby

Teens Smoke For a Smaller Baby
Teens 'smoke to have small babies' - Yahoo! News UK

London Nutritionist
Yvonne Bishop-Weston said "This is ridiculous - young mothers are pointlessly endangering not only their baby's long term health but also their own. The baby's head is likely to be around the same size despite the smaller body and it's the head that's most difficult to get out. In addition smoking is really bad for the skin so the likelihood of horrendous stretch marks is far greater"

Pregnant teenagers are deliberately smoking in the hope of having smaller babies so giving birth is easier, it has been reported.

Public health minister Caroline Flint spoke at a Labour Party conference fringe meeting about teenagers' attempts to reduce their labour pains, the Nursing Standard magazine reported.

Smoking can lead to low birthweight babies, meaning some teenagers smoke throughout pregnancy, the magazine said.

The Department of Health said Ms Flint had heard about the issue anecdotally from health professionals and young women she has met.

Ms Flint said: "It is important that we understand what stops young women making healthy choices so we can provide the right answers to their concerns.

"In this case, childbirth is no less painful if your baby is low weight. So smoking is not the answer, pain relief is."

Studies have shown that women who smoke during pregnancy are three times more likely to have a low birthweight baby. Smoking can also cause other problems, such as respiratory illness.

Women who smoke are less likely to carry their babies to full term and there is a 26% increased risk that they will miscarry or experience stillbirth.

Babies of smoking mothers are also an average of 200g (7oz) lighter at birth.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) midwife Gail Johnson said there was no evidence that having a smaller baby reduced pain in labour. She said: "It is vital that the risks associated with smoking are highlighted and that women are then supported to make changes to their lifestyle but the RCM is very clear that there is no evidence that the size of the baby relates to the amount of pain the woman may experience."

Story by PA Press Association