Pregnancy, breastfeeding may lower risk of early menopause, NIH-funded study suggests

first_imgWomen who breastfed their infants exclusively for seven to 12 months may have a significantly lower risk of early menopause than their peers who breastfed their infants for less than a month, according to an analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study also suggests that pregnancy can reduce the risk of early menopause.The study was conducted by Christine Langton, M.S.W., M.P.H., of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and colleagues.Previous studies have suggested that menopause before age 45 (early menopause) increases the risk of early death, cognitive decline, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Smaller studies have found evidence linking pregnancy and breastfeeding with later menopause, but because of their size and other limitations, the results are inconclusive. Moreover, the earlier studies focused on the timing of menopause and not on the risk of early menopause.In the current study, researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 women ages 25 to 42 years. Every two years, from 1989 to 2015, the participants responded to detailed questionnaires, providing health information and medical history, including pregnancy history. Compared to women who had never been pregnant or who had been pregnant for less than six months, women who had one full-term pregnancy had an 8% lower risk of early menopause. Those who had two pregnancies had a 16% lower risk, and those who had three pregnancies had a 22% lower risk.Women who breastfed had an even smaller risk for early menopause. Those who breastfed for a total of 25 months or more during their premenopausal years had a 26% lower risk than women who breastfed for less than a month. Similarly, women who breastfed exclusively seven to 12 months had a 28% lower risk of early menopause, compared to those who breastfed for less than a month.The study did not determine why pregnancy and breastfeeding might lower the risk of early menopause. However, researchers theorize that because pregnancy and breastfeeding halt ovulation, the slowing of the egg loss may delay menopause.last_img read more

Alpena Post weekly calls for service

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan State Police handled 61 calls for service and 10 traffic crashes between April 15 and April 21. Here’s your Alpena Post weekly stats.Troopers handcuffed several people over the past week. Three drivers were arrested for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A minor was caught in possession of alcohol, and two other people for possession of narcotics and open intoxicants.The team satisfied three outstanding warrants, leading to two additional arrests. The Alpena Post patrols Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Preque Isle counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena business helps cancer patients with home cleaningNext Reconstruction of Miller Street should end by Julylast_img read more

Bel’s record play in WPGA event

first_img12 May 2014 Bel’s record play in WPGA event England U16 squad player Bel Wardle set a new amateur course record and claimed a runners-up place when she teed up for the first time against a field of women professionals.Bel, 14, shot a one-under par 71 at Dunham Forest, Cheshire, in the first of this year’s events on the WPGA One Day Series.Her score clipped a shot off the old record and left her in a three-way tie for second place and just one-stroke behind the winner, Claire Duffy of Test Valley, who used to play on the Ladies European Tour.Bel, from Prestbury in Cheshire, trains with the England Golf U16 North West Squad. She was quick to grasp the opportunity when the WPGA opened up entry to this season’s one day events to U16 and U18 girls from the regional squads.She was one of five squad players in the field and was joined in the top 10 by the new Durham ladies’ champion, Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland), who tied for seventh place with a 74. Bel reached the turn at three-over par but came home in a sizzling four-under on the back nine.Her performance underlines a great run of form. She teamed up with Emily McBurney, also 14, (Royal Liverpool) to win the Northern Ladies’ Foursomes when it was held last month at Ringway in Cheshire. Then, just over a week ago, she was runner-up in the Cheshire ladies’ championship. Along the way she’s cut her handicap this season from 4.7 to 2.5.Her father, Paul Wardle, remarked: “Bel has definitely benefitted from being in the North West Squad and I think the hard work over the winter is paying off. She’s been very consistent this season.”Rebecca Wood, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, commented: “I want to congratulate all five players for taking up the chance to tee it up with the professionals in this first event and it is fantastic to see two players finishing in the top ten.“I have had enthusiastic comments back from players and I want to take the opportunity to thank the PGA again for providing this unique experience to the girls. Apart from the second event at Little Aston GC on Monday 19th May, there are spaces in the remaining events for regional U16 and U18 players to snap up and they should contact the Performance office for further details.”Click here for full results.last_img read more

Have the current offenses passed up Steelers DC Keith Butler? (Sept. 19)

first_imgSTEELERS ROOKIE SAFETY TERRELL EDMUNDS missed a number of tackles in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, 42-37, Sept. 16. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)The Kansas City Chiefs massacred the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Steelers’ house on Sept. 16, 42-37. There are all types of blame to spread around but let’s start with the kicking game. On several occasions, Steelers punter Jordan Berry gift-wrapped the Chiefs excellent field position, giving them a very short field to exploit a questionable Black and Gold defense. More on the “McNasty” Steelers defense later.Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt punted twice for an average of 47 yards per punt. His opponent that was wearing “black and yellow,” Jordan Berry, punted five times for a net of 31.6.When the opposing punter outkicks you by a 15-yard average, that automatically gives any opposing offense an advantage, especially when the defense is “suspect.” The punt return blocking for the Steelers special teams was atrocious—the Steelers only returned one punt for a measly six yards, while the Chiefs brought back two punts for 54 yards. This lackluster effort seemed as if the offense, defense and special teams of Pittsburgh was “plumb tuckered out,” maybe from the maximum effort they had to put forth just to exit FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland the Sunday before, which, as you know, resulted in a tie of all things.Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers can no longer “start slow” because with Pittsburgh’s questionable defense, the Steelers will become “ketchup” at Heinz Field or any other field as opposed to “catching up” if the Steelers happen to land in a hole. As far as I am concerned, with Steelers star cornerback Joe Haden injured and less than 100 percent, any opposing offensive coordinator can spread the ball around without too much concern. When Haden is in the lineup, teams must game plan for his presence at all times. Also, teams will more often than not shy away from him.In 2017, the defensive scheme of Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler didn’t end up as bad as everyone thought it would. Pittsburgh was ranked fifth in total defense and surrendered an average of 201 passing yards and 105 rushing yards per game.Not too shabby for a team that was and remains in the process of rebuilding but almost always teetering on the precipice of failure because of youth and inexperience. But they have grown. If not for five turnovers in their 2018 season opener and lousy kicking in their home opener, who knows? Pittsburgh could and should be 2-0 as opposed to 0-1-1.Butler should go back to the drawing board, look at some defensive film from the Steelers defensive past and rip a few pages out of the “Nasty D” playbook as opposed to the “McNasty” playbook. The “Nasty D” playbook imposes their will on the offense of the opposition. The 2018 Steelers defense comes from a lineage that was once esoteric. Now Pittsburgh’s “McNasty D” is simply generic and predictable, running prevent and cover-two hybrid defensive schemes that only prevents them from being successful. Letting opposing offenses “have it their way.”Keith Butler was once thought of as the “heir apparent” to former Steelers Hall-of-Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Instead, Mr. Butler, like the “prodigal son,” has squandered away the rich Steelers defensive inheritance and legacy left to him by Mr. LeBeau and others, both alive and dead. It seems as if just in the recent past, folks were pining about Dick LeBeau and how he hadn’t adapted his defenses to modern offensive playbooks and how offenses had passed him by.Have the current offenses passed up Keith Butler as well?(Aubrey Bruce: [email protected]) Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter read more

Gardening: A Lifetime Interest

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Borough Council President Cindy Burnham offered a little tidbit to a handful of women at the Red Bank Senior Center as they completed their plantings in the newly established garden: “Nothing’s better than coming back to your garden and picking a cherry tomato and popping it in your mouth.”The women, whose ages range from the mid-60s to late 80s, nodded in agreement, recalling the joy of gardening.“The best part is touching the earth,” putting your bare hands in the soil for the vegetables and herbs to grow, offered Enilza Andrade, an 83- year-old resident of Wesleyan Arms senior apartments here in the borough.Burnham, in addition to serving as council president for the year, is the council liaison to the senior center, 80 Shrewsbury Ave. She personally purchased four elevated planting beds and the needed soil to establish a garden in the center’s back yard area, overlooking the Swimming River.With the helpful assistance of employees of the borough Department of Public Utilities, Burnham said, they stacked the four beds, costing about $200, on top of one another, placing the approximately $300 worth of soil in the beds, and then including mushroom compost in the mix. Having the beds elevated makes it easier for the seniors to participate in planting, said both Burnham and Jackie Reynolds, director of the municipality-run senior center and programs.Among the items planted for the season are cherry tomatoes, Italian peppers, rosemary, garlic, chives, cilantro, basil and nasturtium, an annual flower and leaves that are both decorative and edible.“This is something I’ve done all my life in my home,” having her own small garden, said Rosalie Jackson, 83, Red Bank.And for 85-year-old Betty Albert, who lives in Fair Haven, it brought back some fond memories. “My grandparents were farmers,” and she recalled visiting them and doing some work on their farm.For Jackson, the best part of the effort is “seeing everything grow.”It is late in the planting season, Burnham acknowledged, “but better late than never.”Next year, she hoped the group would consider some autumn items to plant.This is something she’s wanted to do since before she ran for borough council, “just for the love of it,” said Burnham, who is running for re-election in the November election as an independent candidate.Prior to her tenure on the governing body, Burnham had advocated for and help establish the borough community garden and the Maple Cove open space and public access area to the Navesink River at the northern end of Maple Avenue.This project “is very senior friendly,” Reynolds pointed out, helping with their socialization, offering an outdoor activity and even providing some cognitive stimulation. And Reynolds suspected others who regularly come to the senior center for its programs and company will look to participate in the gardening.Approximately 65 seniors are “in and out” of the senior center daily, totalling roughly 400 a week, according to Reynolds.The center and its activities are available to residents of the borough and surrounding communities as long as they are at least 60-years-old.last_img read more

Nitros explode for three goals to double Leafs 4-2 in Bavarian City

first_imgIt was a positive sign for a team struggling to find anything positive.The Nelson Leafs stayed stride for stride with the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs for 48 minutes before the Nitros offence exploded for three goals in a 10-minute span to double the Green and White 4-2 Friday in the Bavarian City.Keenan Haase, Jason Richter and Trevor Van Steinburg, with an insurance marker in the final three minutes of the game, rallied the top team in the Eddie Mountain Division to its league-leading 22nd win of the season. The goal by Haase came seconds after Blair Andrews gave Nelson a 2-1 lead midway through the third period.Jordan Busch on the power play gave Kimberley a 1-0 lead after one period.Austin Anselmo, also on the power play, tied the game for the Leafs in the second.Kimberley out shot the Leafs by a wide 30-19 margin — including a 14-7 advantage in the third period — making the night a busy one for Nelson netminder Patrick Ostermann who looks to the go-to guy in goal for the Murdoch Division club.Nelson, riding a three-game losing streak, host the Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs will be looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Rockies last week in Invermere.last_img read more


first_imgRAFAEL BEJARANO, LUMINANCE, FOURTH AS EVEN MONEY FAVORITE:  “She broke a little slow, so I didn’t have the position I wanted to have early.  She tried really hard, but those fillies didn’t stop.”  TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES            STEWART ELLIOTT, GLORYZAPPER, WINNER: “She ran really well in her last out (her only start on turf) but she just didn’t have that turn of foot on the grass, like a lot of grass horses do. Phil knew it and said he would put her back on the dirt and shorten her up a bit. That’s what she’s good at.“With the way she ran today…she got tested and she fought to win, so I could see the Breeders’ Cup as a possibility.”             PHIL D’AMATO, GLORYZAPPER, WINNER: “She gave us a good performance. She’s always a fighter, she always pushes on. Stewart did a great job. The four (favored Luminance) broke a little slow so Stewart put Gloryzapper into the race early and she fought everybody off.“I love her in this scenario. When she has her head in front of the rest of the opposition, she loves the fight. She loves to hold them off. Passing horses, she’s just ok, but she loves to be in the mix and fight them off.“We’ll see what’s next. Maybe the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint but, we’ll see. We’ll see how she comes out of it.” NOTES: The winning owners are A.C. Hebert, of Vinton, Louisiana, who races as Hebert Bloodstock, Andrew Leggio of Metairie, Louisiana and Peter Peluso of Glen Head, New York.last_img read more

NDP: ‘faster, more inclusive growth’

first_img11 September 2013 Despite the significant progress made in transforming the South African economy, the majority of the population remains on the margins of development, says National Planning Commission deputy chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa. The economy created too few jobs and the majority of South Africans remained poor, Ramaphosa said during a packed lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, as he outlined the proposals contained in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP). A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Ramaphosa told academics, students and civil society organisations that the NDP was the only plan that could deliver faster as well as inclusive economic growth. He said the plan took a critical and long-term perspective of the country as it outlined ways to overcome unemployment and poverty. To boost economic growth, the plan suggests a focus on three areas in particular, namely promoting labour-absorbing industries; growing manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications; and providing a broader social wage to enable even the poorest to have a decent living. The plan also offers clear measures for growing agro-processing and mining and supporting small business. Ramaphosa called on those who were criticising the plan to engage on some of the proposals and agree on a process to move forward. “We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.” South Africa had lower inflation and higher levels of employment since 1994, he said; the number of middle-class people had doubled to more than four-million; workers now enjoy more protection than ever before. “We have a lot to be grateful for. The glass is not half empty but half full. We have a duty to fill that glass, and the NDP is giving us the chance to do so.” Ramaphosa said many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”, he said. Source: read more

The Masters of Touch

first_imgThis interview is the fourth in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June.  In this interview we speak with Garry Sonda.To view the video please follow the link or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage

Operation Smile To Host Fourth Annual Park City Celebrity Ski And Smile

first_imgOperation Smile will host its fourth annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge on Saturday, March 14, at Park City Mountain Resort to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.Operation Smile Ambassador Zachary Levi’s company, The Nerd Machine, will return as the Title Sponsor of the event.Tone Bell, Billy Bush, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Claire Holt, Taylor Kinney, Zachary Levi, Ryan McPartlin, Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Trevino, David Walton and NBC President Jennifer Salke are confirmed to lend their support to this year’s event.Teams of six racers consisting of a celebrity skier, one Olympic skier, and four amateur skiers/Operation Smile donors will compete in a friendly dual slalom race to raise funds for the organization. The team with the best overall finish time will be announced as the winner and recognized during an award luncheon at The Canyons Resort after the race at Park City Mountain Resorts’ Eagle Race Arena. In the evening, a VIP dinner for guests will be held at the Red Pine Lodge at The Canyons Resort.Past attendees have included Kate Walsh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, and Tony Hawk. For additional information about the Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, tickets and sponsorship levels, click here.last_img read more