Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Subway Restaurants to Remove Chemical From Bread
A chemical called azodicarbonamide will be removed from bread
used in Subway sandwich shops, according to the company.
This week, popular food blogger Vani Hari started a petition
asking Subway to stop using the ingredient. The operator of
FoodBabe.comsaid Subway uses azodicarbonamide in its bread
"as a bleaching agent," and noted that the chemical is also used to
make yoga mats and shoe rubber, the
The chemical was being phased out before the petition was
launched, according to Subway, which did not specify when the
change began or would be finished.
"The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," the company said in a statement, the APreported.
Study Suggests Longer Labor is Normal
Longer labor may actually be normal, according to a new
An abnormally long second stage of labor is defined as more than
three hours for first-time mothers who receive an epidural and more
than two hours for those who aren't given an epidural, according to
current guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and
The study findings suggest that a normal second stage of labor
can last as long as 5.6 hours for first-time mothers who get an
epidural and up to 3.3 hours for those who don't receive an
The New York Timesreported.
For women who've had children before, ACOG defines an unusually
long second stage of labor as two hours with an epidural and one
hour without. The study found that the second stage in these women
can last as long as 4.25 hours and 1.35 hours, respectively.
The University of California, San Francisco researchers examined
the records of more than 42,000 women who had vaginal delivers
without problems. The study appears in the journal
Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The findings suggest that doctors "might need to wait later
before intervening with oxytocin, forceps, vacuum or a cesarean,"
Dr. S. Katherine Laughon, an investigator at the U.S. National
Institutes of Health who was not involved in the study, told
However, she added that doctors, "and women need to balance
benefits of vaginal delivery with potential increases in risk for
mom and baby."
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