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Health Alert 4-16-12

April 16, 2012 - A mother's weight and diabetic condition may increase the risk of her unborn child developing a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism. That's according to a new study published in the Journal Pediatrics. Researchers found obese mothers were 67 percent more likely to have an autistic child, compared to normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension. A pregnant woman who is obese doubles her child's risk of having another developmental disorder, compared to a child born to a mother at healthy weight. Those disorders include poor communication skills and lack of attention.

Also, the 2012 Olympic games kicks off in July and millions of athletes and fans are expected to attend. However, health officials say that such a large concentration of people in one place can be ideal breeding grounds for dangerous diseases. Officials in London are using technology to help prevent a potential pandemic. They are building a "health map" to find out where visitors are coming from and where disease outbreaks are occuring around the world. It's hoped that by finding where the diseases originate, they can then track which people have been to those locations and stop the spread of the disease.


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