Tuna Is Not Safe For Pregnant Women

As a pregnant woman, you want the best for your baby including nutrition. One of recommended foods to eat during pregnancy is fish. However, Consumer Reports advise that pregnant women should avoid canned tuna.

Canned tuna is the highest consumed seafood among Americans. Fish provides protein and nutrients with low content of saturated fat. This looks perfect for pregnant mothers. The nutrients in the fish can help the fetus to grow healthily before labor. They also benefit babies who are breastfed.

The guidelines in the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency proposed that expecting and nursing mothers should consume between 8 and 12 ounces (about two to three servings) of low-mercury seafood each week.

Though light canned tuna belongs to “lower in mercury” class, yet pregnant women should not eat that fish at all, warned Consumer Reports.

Most seafoods are contaminated with traces of mercury. If you consume high levels of mercury, your brain and nervous systems can deteriorate.

But the FDA and the EPA don’t think that eliminating fish altogether should not be based on mercury’s danger. Their reasoning is that pregnant women may not get important nutrients that the fish can provide if they rely solely on omega-3 supplements.

If you don’t want to take the risk, you can always choose other seafood like tilapia, shrimp, and salmon that contain very low levels of mercury. You still enjoy the nutritional benefits as tuna!

Laser Reduce Acne Scars With Longer Results

Previously, treating acne scars with lasers causes thermal damage, encouraging the production of collagen. These therapies often need anesthesia and can result in collateral damage, which the skin requires a longer time to heal.

In one small study conducted by the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in New York, 20 adults with acne scars were treated with a combination of picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser and specialized diffractive lens array. They attended six sessions with a space of 4 to 6 weeks apart.

The picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser was used as it had shown its effectiveness in removing tattoos and fading dark spots with minimal side effects.

The researchers discovered that after one month, the acne scar reduced by 24%. Three months later, it was improved by 27%.

This study shows that a combination of a diffractive lens array and a picosecond 755-nm laser can fade acne scars, which induce dermal changes beyond skin remodeling alone.

However, this study is limited as it excludes certain parameters. For example, the subjects

  • are not hypersensitivity to light.
  • do not have localized or systemic infection.
  • have not done any laser therapy in the past 3 months.
  • are free of skin cancer, keloidal scarring, immunosuppression, or immune deficiency disorder.
  • do not use isotretinoin in the past year.
  • are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have babies.