New York (CBS News) – Researchers in the UK found that offering more ultrasounds in late pregnancy could prevent thousands of emergency c-sections and as many as eight baby deaths a year. The study looked at nearly 3,900 pregnant women who received ultrasounds at 36 weeks. In 179 women, babies were found to be in breech position. That early diagnosis allowed patients the option of trying to turn the baby, or plan a c-section in advance.
Mixed results on workplace wellness programs. A new Harvard study suggests while employees excercised more and watched their weight, the initiatives did not improve job performance, cut down on sick days, or reduce the use of healthcare services and spending in the short term.
Scientists in australia looked at rubber vs. road when it comes to running. They found when runners cranked up the speed on a treadmill, they had higher heart rates and felt more fatigued than when running the same speed on land. But runners had better endurance outside.
Those are some of the day’s top health stories. Kenneth Craig, CBS News, New York.