Maintaining adequate sleep levels is a foundation of good health, along with good nutrition and regular exercise. Whether sleep is sacrificed for work or pleasure, the effects are quickly felt in the form of low energy and irritability. A new study finds that a lack of sleep may contribute to mental health problems, specifically symptoms […]
After 13 long years of research, discussion, and debate, on May 18, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association finally released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This nearly 1,000 page-document provides a comprehensive listing and description of all the mental health disorders that are currently believed to exist, based on […]
Women who are pregnancy are strongly urged to avoid all use of alcohol and drugs. The use of such substances, warn doctors, can result in consequences that can affect the child well into childhood, and, in some cases, even into adulthood. Cognitive processes and emotion regulation are often cited as major consequences of substance use […]
Inhalants are a broad, diverse group of chemicals united mainly by their role in opportunistic substance abuse among preteens, teenagers, and adults. When used during pregnancy, these chemicals can pass into the bloodstream of a developing fetus and produce potential effects that include a premature end of the pregnancy through miscarriage, premature childbirth, and damage […]
Drug use among the female population is a distinct problem with distinct risk factors, health concerns, and ramifications for the population as a whole. Studies have also shown that current drug prevention programs are largely tailored for young men, and more effective among the male population. As a result, it is worth considering female drug […]
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the effects that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. It encapsulates conditions previously known as Alcohol Abuse and Seizures (FAS) and the milder form, Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).
In a society where youthful looks are valued beyond education and other life achievements, it’s surprising that more females don’t pay attention to the physical toll alcohol can have on the body. One very clear consequence of consumption – aging faster than Mother Nature would allow.
A recent study has found that, despite recent variations in research relating to alcohol’s effect on the fetus, mothers should abstain from using alcohol while pregnant. The study finds that even minimal amounts of alcohol consumed by the mother can have a negative effect on the IQ of the child.
In an effort to protect unborn children, a United States Senator is pushing for the Federal Food and Drug Administration to take control. According to a recent news article, by clearly labeling many prescription drugs, lawmakers hope women who are abusing prescription drugs, or at least taking them, will be more aware of their decision […]
Exposing a fetus to substances such as drugs or alcohol can result in birth defects, early delivery, developmental delays, miscarriage, and even death. Sadly, the unborn child may have to suffer lifelong consequences as a result of poor choices on the part of the mother.