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Dr Joan Tranmer, Queen’s School of Nursing, insists no convincing evidence was found.
The restriction is thought to prevent Mendelson’s syndrome, a rare, but sometimes fatal, condition caused by regurgitation of acidic stomach contents into the lungs when a general anaesthetic is given.
“With advances over the past 60 years, including the use of epidural anesthesia, we thought it was time to question the widespread ban on food and drink now,” said Tranmer.
“The use of general anesthesia during C-sections is low. And even when used, the techniques have improved since the 1940s, so the risk of maternal death or illness is very, very low,” Tranmer said.
“The food and fluid restriction can be stressful and uncomfortable for some pregnant women, especially for those who are in labour for more than 12 hours and unable to eat.
“Instead of eating ice chips, a snack can provide some nourishment, comfort and much needed energy,” Tranmer added.

Straight-A students at risk of mental illness
The cleverest children in school are four times more likely to develop mental illness as adults, reveals a new study.
The research team from King’s College London found that straight-A students were at an increased risk of developing bipolar disorder than children with average grades. Bipolar disorder — also known as manic depression — is characterised by swings in mood from high to low.
Previous studies and anecdotal evidence from famous and creative individuals have suggested a link between high IQ and bipolar disorder.
Researchers looked at 7,13,876 individuals in Sweden. They used hospital records and school reports to match academic achievement with the chances of having bipolar disorder between the ages of 17 and 31.
Findings revealed that students with excellent exam results had an almost fourfold greater likelihood of being diagnosed with the condition than those with average grades. Moreover, children with the poorest grades were also found to be more at risk.
They were almost twice as likely to develop bipolar disorder as average achievers. “We found that achieving an A-grade is associated with increased risk for bipolar disorder, particularly in humanities and to a lesser extent in science subjects,” said lead researcher Dr James MacCabe.

Tri-pepper blend equal to 20-min walk
A new weight loss supplement called the tri-pepper blend has been found to burn as many calories as 20-minute walk.
It contains black pepper, caffeine and a concentrated form of capsaicin that makes red peppers hot.
According to Joel T Cramer, assistant professor of exercise physiology from University of Oklahoma, the study showed energy expenditures of three to six percent, results that are statistically significant enough to validate product weight-loss claims.
During the study, participants were given the supplement or a placebo followed by a metabolic rate test.
The team measured oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced by participants to determine the arresting metabolic rate of each after receiving the supplements.
It confirmed the viability of the weight loss supplement.

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