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Prescription drugs during pregnancy and movie theater snacks: In health news today

An increasing number of pregnant women are taking prescription pills during their first trimester.
An increasing number of pregnant women are taking prescription pills during their first trimester. Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

Mediterranean diets have long been lauded for being full of "good fats" and beneficial for your skin. But now, Bloomberg reports that a new study shows a diet rich in olive oil or mixed nuts can also help reduce the risk of a first heart attack, stroke and death by almost 30 percent in less than five years. Research has shown that a Mediterranean diet can help ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, but this study is the first to show a diet can actually prevent heart disease.

On the day after the Oscars, what better way to celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood then a list of the best -- and worst -- movie theater foods for your health. CNN released a list of popular theater snacks that includes their serving sizes and nutritional information. If you're going to eat popcorn, your best option is to go with a small and limit your toppings. But even a small popcorn at Regal Cinema contains 670 calories and 34 grams of saturated fat. The list named Sour Patch Kids as the healthiest sour candy at a movie theater and Sno-Caps as the healthiest chocolate option.

The New York Times reports that more and more women are taking prescription pills during their first trimester of pregnancy when the baby's fetal organs are growing. Over the last 30 years, the number of pregnant females taking these drugs at the beginning of their pregnancy has grown by more than 60 percent. An increasing number of women are also using over-the-counter medications during their first few months of pregnancy, because they often assume these are safe. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that at least 10 percent of birth defects result from medications taken during pregnancy.

Pediatricians have released new guidelines on how to treat ear infections in children amid concerns over antibotic overuse and resistance. CBS News reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics said they hope these new guidelines will clarify for doctors and parents when a child needs antibitoics, and when they should wait it out. Ear infections are common in children, but there are other conditions that could lead to similar symptoms of ear pain and fever. Researchers say that ear infections are the most common condition for which antibiotics are prescribed to children in the U.S.

You may resume eating your meatballs: Health officials announced today that the home furnishings superstore, IKEA, was in fact not selling meatballs contaminated with horse meat. In the U.S. at least. NBC News reports that IKEA previously pulled 1,675 pounds of one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in IKEA stores, after traces of horse meat were detected in the products.

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