April 10, 2008 - Health Headlines

Pregnancy & Exercise, Mumps & Measles, Blood Donation Benefits, and more...

Bank of America employees will want to pay special attention to their health insurance.

Starting next year, Bank of America will consolidate almost all its health insurance plans under Aetna, Incorporated. The changes will affect some 150-thousand employees at the Charlotte-based bank. The bank will also give some employees 6 to 12-hundred dollars to pay for things not covered by insurance.

Some doctors are encouraging pregnant mothers to take a few minutes for exercise.

They say working out during pregnancy will not only help mom's heart but also the heart of their baby. They also say that maternal exercise may be the earliest and best way to establish and improve children's heart health. You should consult your doctor before making any changes to your routine.

And there's new exercise tips for moms-to-be.

Doctors say if you're eating for two, you should exercise for two!

According to research, working out during pregnancy is not only good for mom's heart....
It's good for the baby's heart, too.  In fact, doctors think maternal exercise is the earliest and maybe the best way to improve the heart health of children.

The mumps and measles vaccine may wear off by the time kids get to college.

A new study found that most of the college students who got mumps during an outbreak in 2006 were vaccinated with two shots as children.  Now, researchers are looking in to the possibility of a booster shot for people in their late teens and early 20s.

That outbreak was the biggest in the U-S since states starting mandating the two-shot vaccinations back in 19-90.

Frequently donating blood is not bad for you.

In fact, quite the opposite.

Doctors found people who donate blood have lower cancer and mortality rates.

Researches do caution that this could be because blood donors do
tend to be healthier overall.

This weekend you have a great opportunity to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research.

The National M-S Society is hosting its Dinner of Champions, Keys for the Cause. The party is Saturday outside the Tiffany store in SouthPark. It starts at seven with cocktails. The event will also honor Herman Stone, CEO of Consolidated Theatres and the Stone Group. He's been supporting M-S research for 15-years.