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4 Your Health: Navigating through stressful holiday season

NBC News- A new study suggests rising global temperatures may be bad for babies’ health.

Researchers from UCLA studied nearly 20 years of data from 56 million births.

They found birth rates increased by five percent on days when the temperature was at least 90 degrees.

That resulted in an average of 25,000 babies being born up to two weeks early per year.

Previous research has shown pre-term births can lead to negative health and developmental outcomes later in life.

Navigating through stressful holiday season

It’s officially the holiday season, the most wonderful and stressful time of the year!

But there are ways you can reduce that December anxiety.

Mental health experts with Furman University say don’t obsess about holiday traditions if they are causing you extra stress.

Focus on the ones that are the most important to you and let everything else go.

If finances are a worry, change your approach to gift-giving.

Instead of buying a person several gifts, choose one or two that are most meaningful.

Lastly, get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and try to exercise regularly.

Prediabetes in nation’s youth

Many of the nation’s youth have prediabetes.

CDC researchers studied nearly 6,000 people and found that 18 percent of teens and almost a quarter of young adults are prediabetic.

They were more likely to be male and obese, and also have significantly higher cholesterol levels, blood pressure, belly fat and lower insulin sensitivity.

Experts say having prediabetes can increase the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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