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Bibs & bobs — 25 November 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

Your teen girl may be at risk of this disease | The verdict is out: Maths ability is not gender-related | One product is promising to solve your incontinence problem

Your teen girl may be at risk of this disease

Ideal heart health declines between ages nine and 19 for girls, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2019. Risk factors that contribute to heart disease can start as early as childhood and adolescence. These risk factors include obesity, tobacco and alcohol use, and lack of regular exercise, setting up youth for heart health problems later in life. Menstruating before age 12 was also associated with reduced heart health.American Heart Association

The verdict is out: Maths ability is not gender-related 

Research has revealed that there is no gender difference in brain function or maths ability in boys and girls. "It's not just that boys and girls are using the maths network in the same ways but that similarities were evident across the entire brain," said Alyssa Kersey, postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, USA, and first author on the paper. "This is an important reminder that humans are more similar to each other than we are different." Research leader Jessica Cantlon thinks society and culture likely are steering girls and young women away from maths and STEM fields. Previous studies show that families spend more time with young boys in play that involves spatial cognition. Many teachers also preferentially spend more time with boys during maths class, predicting later maths achievement. Finally, children often pick up on cues from their parents' expectations for maths abilities.—Carnegie Mellon University

One product is promising to solve your incontinence problem

A new product developed in Australia and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration is believed to be able to improve the quality of life for people who live with incontinence and an overactive bladder. Happy Bladder is a formulation of three herbal medicines, all of which have been long recognised to improve bladder function, tone and control. The University of Queensland and Endeavour College of Natural Health conducted a Phase 2 Randomised Clinical Trial with 150 subjects who had at least two symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary day frequency, nocturia, urinary urgency, and urge urinary incontinence or stress urinary incontinence. The trial concluded that the patented blend of herbal medicines demonstrated improvement in bladder control within a few weeks.Happy Healthy You