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“This is the first study to show an association between increased body mass index (BMI) and disc abnormalities in children,” said the study’s lead author, Judah G Burns, MD, fellow in diagnostic neuroradiology at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.
To reach the conclusion, Burns and colleagues reviewed MR images of the spines of 188 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 20 who complained of back pain and were imaged at the hospital over a four-year period. Trauma and other conditions that would predispose children to back pain were eliminated from the study. The images revealed that 98 (52.1 percent) of the patients had some abnormality in the lower, or lumbar, spine.

Sugary cola drinks linked to gestational diabetes
Drinking too much sugar-sweetened cola a week prior to pregnancy may increase risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to a new study. The study was conducted by researchers from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
The research team studied a group of 13,475 women from the Nurses' Health Study II. During 10 years of follow-up, 860 incident GDM cases were identified.
After adjustment for known risk factors for GDM including age, family history of diabetes, parity, physical activity, smoking status, sugar-sweetened beverage intake, alcohol intake, pre-pregnancy BMI, and Western dietary pattern, intake of sugar-sweetened cola was positively associated with the risk of GDM. No significant association was found for other sugar-sweetened beverages .

An iPhone app that can help check drinking
In a good news for those who often cut loose while drinking, British experts have launched a new iPhone application that will help people keep track of how much alcohol they are consuming. The new application, which can be downloaded onto smart phones like the iPhone, will allow users to see how many units of alcohol there are in their drink. It can also keep a running total of their consumption and get personalised feedback on their drinking habits.

Oxygen during CPR improves survival
Although it is said that people can survive cardiac arrest if they receive only chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Ohio researchers insist at some point there arises a need to add oxygen.
Lead researcher Mark Angelos said his research is not intended to counter the current guidelines of American Medical Association, instead, scientists continue to study the intricacies of the resuscitation process in the pursuit of ways to improve the potential for survival after cardiac arrest.

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