August 2010

Women and Sleep

The most recent statistics on the women who participate in our Illinois Women’s Health Registry, indicate that sleep is a significant issue in their lives.  Among the most current women who are enrolled in our registry, 11% report difficulties getting to sleep, 12% have a hard time staying asleep, 15% wake up feeling fatigued, 13% report they are getting too little sleep for what they need, and 8% wake too early and cannot get back to sleep.

Tobacco Smoke Exposure Increases Chronic Disease in Children

In July, a commentary in the journal Pediatrics discussed several new studies that have increased our knowledge of the  association between tobacco smoke exposure and childhood morbidity and mortality.  Collectively, these new reports demonstrate that in several categories of chronic childhood illness (asthma, obesity, and mental health disorders) there are small-to-moderate independent associations with tobacco smoke exposure either during pregnancy or in the postnatal period.   A moderate association

Fit More Fiber into your Diet

We all hear that fiber is good for you yet many American’s don’t get enough of it in their diets.  Experts recommend that men get about 38 grams of fiber a day and women get about 25 grams.  Unfortunately, the average intake in the United States is only 14 grams a day.

Maternal Deaths: Decreasing…Slowly

The health of pregnant women can say a lot about a region. It can indicate the accessibility and affordability of health care, as well as how much recognition maternal health receives in the region. A healthy pregnancy results in healthier children and decreased risk for maternal death. Conversely, measuring maternal mortality rates can also indicate the level of health resources within a country

Emergency Contraception Update

A recent fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundations, points out that even though health care providers have known about Emergency Contraception (EC) for several decades, the public at-large is less aware of its availability.   In June 2010, the federal Emergency Contraception Education Act (S. 3504/HR 5561) was introduced to provide funding for national awareness campaigns.  This new fact sheet reviews current national and state policies around EC, including new product availability and access issues.   To review the entire fact sheet, click here.