Learn how plastic baby bottles may leech out chemicals that have estrogen-like effects. Researchers have evaluated the concentrations of bisphenol A in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is insidermedicine in 60. From Toronto, some plastic baby bottles may leech out chemicals that have estrogen-like effects. Researchers evaluated the concentrations of bisphenol A which leeched into water contained in bottles after being heated. Although the amounts were small, they were in doses that are believed to be able to stimulate estrogen receptors. From Maryland, acupuncture may increase the success rates of in vitro fertilization. In research examining over 1300 patients, acupuncture at the time of embryo insertion raised the chances of a successful procedure by 65%. Acupuncture may work by releasing hormones that affect the menstrual cycle, improving blood flow to the uterus or encouraging the release of opioids which may inhibit the endogenous effects of cortisol. And finally, from Glasgow, nearly 20% of hospital in-patients are malnourished, or are actively losing weight, a fact that can further hamper their ability to combat their primary disease. While hospital malnutrition has risen by 85% over the past decade, it remains undiagnosed nearly three quarters of the time. Increasing education regarding nutrition and better food quality may help improve the situation. For insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.