Global Warming Could Bring Added Risks for Pregnant Women | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Global warming could increase rates of serious pregnancy problems, researchers warn.

They analyzed 70 studies from 27 countries that reported associations between high temperatures and preterm birth, birth weight and stillbirths.

“Given increases in the frequency and intensity of heat waves, the number of pregnant women exposed to these conditions worldwide, and the significant individual and societal burdens associated with preterm birth and stillbirth, research and policy initiatives to deal with these connections are a high priority,” wrote study co-author Matthew Chersich and colleagues. Chersich is a research professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Preterm birth — when a baby is born before the 37th week of pregnancy — is the leading cause of death among children younger than 5 years. Each year, 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm, according to the World Health Organization.

Of the 47 studies that assessed preterm births, the average rate was 5.6%, much lower than the global average of about 10%. Forty of the studies found that preterm births were more common at higher than lower temperatures. The risk of preterm birth rose, on average, by 5% per 1° Celsius (1.8° Fahrenheit) increase in temperature and by 16% during heat waves versus on non-heat wave days.

Nearly 2 million stillbirths occur worldwide each year. Among the eight studies that examined stillbirth, the average rate was 6.2 per 1,000 births, with about half of the rates in many lower-income countries.

All eight studies found an increase in stillbirths at higher temperatures, with stillbirths increasing by 5% per 1° Celsius rise in temperature. In most cases, associations between temperature and stillbirth were most pronounced in the last week or month of pregnancy.

Low birth weight is associated with a range of short- and long-term consequences. Of the 28 studies that assessed birth weight, the average rate of low birth weight was 3%. Eighteen of the studies found an increased risk of low birth weight at higher temperatures, but most reported only minor effects.

However, “even apparently minor decrements in birth weight could have a major impact on public health as exposure to high temperatures is common and escalating,” according to the authors of the review, which was published online Nov. 5 in the BMJ.

The researchers also found that associations between temperature and pregnancy outcomes were largest among lower-income women. This suggests that pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries may be at particular risk from heat exposure, the study authors said in a journal news release.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on preterm birth.

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Nov. 4, 2020

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Neha Kakkar added magic to her wedding look with churas and kaleeras by Om Sons Bridal Store

The world-renowned Bollywood singer has appreciated the brand across her social media platforms and this has attracted more brides-to-be towards conceptualized kaleeras and churas.

Bollywood weddings are a thing and they have always been one. People have got all excited to have that one leaked picture of their favourite celebs who are set to tie the knot. Fans and people all over the world go crazy when they see the internet get surfaced with gorgeous pictures of their favourite celebs tying the knot. The recent one to join the wedding bandwagon was Neha Kakkar who looked like a dream at all her wedding occasions, be it her Haldi ceremony, Mehendi ceremony or her wedding. She kept her fans asking for more with her posts on Instagram and bowled everyone with her beauty. The looks she carried have already started inspiring many brides-to-be across India and all over the world. Ever wondered who are these beauty and fashion warriors behind pulling off such charming and beautiful looks for them?

Well, in case of Neha Kakkar, while she wore ‘Sabyasachi’ for her D-Day, she chose Om Sons Bridal Store for one of the most significant jewellery for an Indian wedding – kaleeras and churas. The look that Neha carried, which can be seen in this picture ( illuminates her elegance and aura. Eyes automatically get attracted to the kaleeras and churas that she wore from the Delhi based brand by Sunny Shandil.

Om Sons Bridal Store which started its operations way back in 1983 has over the years only garnered more and more momentum in the industry across the country for coming up with newer designs and ideas that instantly make its clients fall for them. This is the reason Sunny, who joined his family business in 1995, since 25 years in the business has grown the brand to much greater heights, with working and collaborating along with several big names of the television and film industry.

Recently, they impressed Neha Kakkar with their designs, which the ace singer flaunted across her social media. She looked all happy and beautiful with the magnificent and elegant kaleeras and churas from the brand. Om Sons Bridal Store operates with two outlets at Delhi and one at Karnal and has become specialists in churas, kaleeras, wedding jewelry and wedding accessories.

Neha Kakkar has always been on the news for her foot-tapping songs and her soulful voice and when it came to her wedding, she chose Om Sons Bridal Store for churas and Kaleeras, which proves the mettle of the brand in the market, inspiring many other brides-to-be to also add that magical factor in their looks with the brand’s jewelry.

Om Sons Bridal Store was exclusively hired by Neha Kakkar for not just looking after her requirements for kaleeras and churas, but also for the colourful bangles and the floral jewelry for her bridesmaid. Om Sons Bridal Store also impressed Neha and her family at her Haldi ceremony through their extraordinary Haldi saaman which included

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Sia, Yara Shahidi and More Added to Variety’s 2020 Power of Women

Variety has announced additional programming for its virtual Power of Women summit, presented by Lifetime, taking place Oct. 28 and 29. The panels will feature prominent women in the industry who create content that empowers communities.

The newly announced panels include an exclusive first look at the upcoming season of “The Crown,” joined by Gillian Anderson (who plays Margaret Thatcher) and Emma Corrin (who plays the Princess of Wales, Diana). The clips will only be available live during the session on Oct. 28, where the actors will discuss their roles portraying two of the most well-known figures in British history.

Variety also announced the #represent Roundtable, which will center on Black women creators and offer advice for women of color who are aspiring to break into the industry. The line-up features director/producer/writer Mara Brock Akil, director/producer/writer Gina Prince-Bythewood, actor/producer/writer Rashida Jones, director/producer/writer Lena Waithe and actor/producer Yara Shahidi. The panel will be moderated by Variety’s film and media reporter Angelique Jackson.

Multi-platinum selling artist Sia will participate in a keynote about her upcoming directorial debut, “Music,” set to be released next year. The film stars Maddie Ziegler, Kate Hudson, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Comedian Chelsea Peretti will join a panel with “Pen15” creators and stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who will discuss the themes of the second season of the Hulu comedy, which premiered in September.

A panel examining how influential women are leading advocacy efforts to improve communities’ overall accessibility to wellness and health ahead of the presidential election will feature Debra A. Canales, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Providence S. Joseph Health; Laila Ali, athlete and lifestyle brand entrepreneur; and Tia Mowry, actor, brand entrepreneur and co-founder of vitamin company Anser. Reshma Gopaldas, vice president of video programming at SHE Media will moderate the conversation.

Variety previously announced a roundtable conversation with the women of “Grey’s Anatomy,” who will also be featured in this year’s Power of Women issue to be released Oct. 28, as well as panels featuring former Rep. Stacey Abrams and Jessica Chastain, star of the upcoming all-woman spy action movie “The 355,” and more.

The summit is free to attend but requires registration at

Along with Lifetime continuing as presenting partner, premier partners include iHeart Media and Providence St. Joseph’s Health. Cadillac will join for the first time as an official partner with MGO CPA as a supporting partner of the virtual summit.

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