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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A mother who experiences severe pain during labor could have other health issues long after she gives birth.
A new study links severe pain during childbirth to postpartum depression. Researchers in China found 35 percent of women who did NOT receive an epidural during labor developed depression six weeks after giving birth. That number dropped to just 14 percent among women who WERE given the pain relief. Women who received an epidural were also more likely to breastfeed their babies.
 
Genetic scientists have linked more than 100 spots in human DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia. Until now, scientists had only uncovered a few dozen risk-related genes. Researchers hope their findings could eventually lead to new treatments for the mental disorder.

And nearly one in three  American children do not have an accurate view of their own weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 42 percent of obese children think they are at the right weight.  About 12 percent of children who are at a healthy weight think they are too thin or too fat. Researchers say an accurate perception of one's weight leads to better nutritional choices.


(Teri Okita, CBS News)


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