Learn about the risks in taking Folic Acid during pregnancy and how treating sleep apnea in Alzheimer's patients can help with the disease in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Norway - According to research in the Archives of Disease in Childhood taking folic acid during pregnancy may increase the risk of respiratory illness in infants. In a study of over 32,000 children, researchers found that the offspring of women who had taken folic acid supplements during the first three months of pregnancy had a 24% increased risk of admission to hospital due to respiratory infection in the first 18 months of life. From California - According to research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, treating sleep apnea in Alzheimer's patients may improve cognition. In a study of 52 elderly patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's who also suffered from obstructive sleep apnea, researchers found that those treated for six weeks with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) experienced significant improvement on tests designed to assess verbal learning and memory, as well as cognitive control. And finally, from Atlanta - According to the CDC, a significant number of Americans are not achieving the minimum recommended level of exercise. It is recommended that adults get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, but in a telephone survey of 399,000 adults, researchers found that one-third of people are not reaching that goal. The CDC has stated that about one-third of Americans are obese, and another one-third are overweight. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.