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Jul 19, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- MOTHER'S ANXIETY AFFECTS CHILD

Belgium researchers find from 12 to 22 weeks during pregnancy a mother's anxiety may affect the fetus. The researchers at Catholic University of Leuven tracked 71 women during pregnancy and evaluated their children when ages 8 or 9. The study, published in journal Child Development, finds only maternal anxiety during the 12-to-22 week period predicted childhood disorders such as at attention deficit, hyperactivity, acting-out and anxiety problems when the child is ages 8 or 9. The mother's anxiety affected the fetus more than any other factor, including smoking during pregnancy, low birth weight or anxiety of the mother when the child is 8 or 9, the researchers say.

BETTER RESULTS WITH HOSPITAL DOCTOR

Canadian patients who see a doctor who treated them during hospitalization have a lower rate of hospital readmission or death. "Patients were significantly less likely to die or be readmitted if they were seen in follow-up by a hospital physician rather than a community physician or specialist," writes Dr. Carl van Walraven, an Ontario Ministry of Health career scientist. A study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, finds patient follow-up may be diminished because of inadequate transfer of patient information or a doctor's unfamiliarity with hospitals' post-patient discharge therapies. Researchers analyzed patient data of more than 930,000 patients in Ontario, Canada, for 30 days after release from the hospital.

AMERICANS SHOULD EAT MORE PRODUCE, DAIRY

People living in the United States should increase their consumption of fruits, vegetables and milk, says Eric Hentges of the Department of Agriculture. Hentges, director of the department's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, suggests a three- to four-fold increase in regular intake of leafy green vegetables. "That may seem daunting, but the increase translates to eating additionally only two cups of broccoli or greens over a week," he told the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas.

BETTER PAID HAVE MORE SOCIAL BENEFITS

Highly paid U.S. workers don't just get more money and benefits, they have more social cohesion and solidarity among their colleagues. "The social attractions of the workplace are strongest for those who are already rewarded with the biggest paychecks," says study author Randy Hodson, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University in Columbus. The study, published in Social Science Quarterly, finds highly paid workers tend to have jobs with more freedom and autonomy and more interaction with their co-workers enabling them to develop friendships. Lower-paid workers not only spend more time with things or machines rather than people, often don't have the time to interact with colleagues.

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(EDITORS: For more information on ANXIETY, contact Karen Melnyk at (202) 336-5926 or kmelnyk@apa.org. For DOCTOR, Sharon Agsalda at (781) 388-8507 or medicalnews@bos.blackwellpublishing.com. For PRODUCE, Alisa Harrison at (202) 720-4623. For SOCIAL, Randy Hodson at (614) 292-8951 or Hodson.8@osu.edu.)

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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