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Brighton woman reveals how her baby born at 24 weeks defied doctors to survive

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:05:45 +0100

Tasha Dye, 46, from Brighton, went into early labour after suffering an infection. Baby Scarlett, now seven, suffered two bleeds on the brain and needed heart surgery at just five days old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Get Cancer From Excess Estrogen in a Garden Hose?

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:54:04 +0100

Hormone-disrupting chemicals are among the most toxic substances in the world today. And they’ve permeated almost everything you eat, drink and even touch. Some chemicals, both natural and man-made, can interfere with our hormonal system. I’m talking about “estrogen mimickers” like Parabens and Bisphenol A (BPA) that are found in the coatings of food and drinks cans, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment, receipts and even garden hoses. Mainstream medicine ignores the impact of these dangerous, gender-bending “xenoestrogens.” Yet they are responsible for a vast array of diseases disorders — including: Heart disease in men and women Type 2 diabetes Brain fog and memory loss, as a re...

Brain-dead baby is kept on a ventilator so the child's kidneys can save an adult

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:06:11 +0100

Doctors from St James’s University Hospital in Leeds used a ventilator to keep the baby’s heart beating after it was declared brain dead to best preserve the 4cm kidneys for transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Why Won't Sanders, Clinton, Trump and Cruz Discuss Transhumanist Science Issues?

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:49:14 +0100

Image by DonkeyHotey Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither. Yet, nothing is going to change our lives more in the next 10 years than the radical science and technology starting to engulf us. CRISPR genetic editing technology--performed last year on human embryos in China--has the ability to eradicate diseases so we never get ailments in the first place. Exoskeleton technology has the ability to wipe out the wheelchair--and thus end disability and mobility issues for tens of millions of people. Tiny chip implants could thwart many of the two million domestic violence cases in the US every year by alerting authorities when a crime is committed. The robotic heart could end heart di...

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant use during pregnancy and reports of a rare heart and lung condition in newborn babies

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:33:00 +0100

[12-14-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants by women during pregnancy and the potential risk of a rare heart and lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)

A cohort study of women with a Fontan circulation undergoing preconception counselling

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusions Most women accept PCC and decided to pursue pregnancy; in some cases, this was despite being advised of a poor prognosis. Pregnancy outcome was related to baseline hypoxia and CARPREG scores. (Source: Heart)

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Decline in dementia rate offers “cautious hope”

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:00:22 +0100

“The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.” 2015 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures Despite these alarming projections, a report from a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) offered a few words of encouragement. Researchers from the longstanding Framingham study found that the rate of dementia has declined over the course of three decades. Framingham researchers had been studying more than 5,000 men and women since 1975. The participants had physical exams, including tests for dementia every five years. The researchers determined that the five...

Under the Cover of Night: Abortion Across Borders.

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:58:02 +0100

Authors: Landau C, Long L Abstract Jessica and Robert* had a three-year-old son and were excited about their second child, a daughter. When Jessica was 21 weeks pregnant, the routine ultrasound was normal. At 26 weeks, she was in a minor car accident and her obstetrician referred her for a specialized ultrasound, concerned about the baby's heart. This was how Jessica and Robert discovered that their daughter had a serious heart defect. After meeting with a perinatologist, a genetics counselor and a pediatric cardiologist, they realized the prognosis was dire. After birth, their daughter would need urgent open-heart surgery, and would need two more surgeries in her first year of life. If she survived long enough, her only real chance would be a heart transplant. They cried, they rag...

Why Does Aspartame Have a Warning Label?

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:17:01 +0100

Discussion Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an autosomal recessive genetic disease. The PAH gene is found on chromosome 12 and has more than 600 mutations associated with it. The incidence varies but PKU is primarily found in Caucasian populations. The PAH gene codes for phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) which catalyzes the amino acid phenylalanine (Phe) to tyrosine. PAH uses a cofactor called tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) in this process. With a deficiency in PAH, Phe accumulates and can cause severe cognitive impairment and global developmental delay, microcephaly, seizures, poor growth and poor skin pigmentation. Tyrosine also decreases and along with it its products of melanin, L-thyroxine and catecholamine neurotransmitters. The exact cause of the PKU clinical problems may be an accumulation of Phe...

Mother who suffered memory loss triggered when her heart stopped while she gave birth to her baby girl had to be reminded every ten minutes that she had a daughter

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 15:17:31 +0100

Louiser Chapman, 24, from Warnham, West Sussex, lost a litre of blood and was forced to have an emergency Caesarean when the placenta tore from her womb ten weeks before her due date. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

‘He was about to die on us': Heart transplant saves infant’s life

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:00:28 +0100

Rob and Mindy Seay had been told that their baby, Lincoln, had about six weeks to live. He had just undergone cardiac arrest, and doctors at Seattle Children's expanded his catheter. The hope: That Lincoln would receive a heart transplant before it was too late. Six weeks came and went. Those days "were the toughest," […] (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Parents, don’t suffer, or how Oliver finally got to sleep

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0100

Oliver Grieb today is an adorable 14-month-old boy. But two months ago, he was refusing to nap and waking two, three, sometimes even four times a night. “There was nothing physically wrong with him,” says his mother Svenja. “He just had a really bad habit of waking up and knowing mom and dad would come hang out with him.” “If I make a big enough fuss for a long enough time,” Oliver seemed to be thinking, “I’ll eventually get my way.” Are you lookin’ at me? Sleep might seem like a small problem, but there was a big impact on the family’s life. Oliver was grumpy all day, and his parents were exhausted. “We tried to let him cry it out,” says Svenja. “Even though we checked on him at least every 15 minutes, he could wail forever. It just breaks your heart listen...

Parents, don’t suffer … or how Oliver finally got to sleep

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0100

Oliver Grieb today is an adorable 14-month-old boy. But two months ago, he was refusing to nap and waking two, three, sometimes even four times a night. “There was nothing physically wrong with him,” says his mother Svenja. “He just had a really bad habit of waking up and knowing mom and dad would come hang out with him.” “If I make a big enough fuss for a long enough time,” Oliver seemed to be thinking, “I’ll eventually get my way.” Are you lookin’ at me? Sleep might seem like a small problem, but there was a big impact on the family’s life. Oliver was grumpy all day, and his parents were exhausted. “We tried to let him cry it out,” says Svenja. “Even though we checked on him at least every 15 minutes, he could wail forever. It just breaks your heart listen...

7-month-old baby born with rare birth defect gets a life-saving heart transplant

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:04:54 +0100

Seven-month-old, Lincoln Seay from Alaska, who was born with a rare birth defect, is recovering from a life-saving heart transplant days after his parents and doctors feared he would run out of time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Baby in "his last days" receives life-saving heart transplant

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:32:05 +0100

A new heart arrived for 7-month-old Lincoln Seay just in time, doctors and family say (Source: Health News:

Alzheimer's Patients in Psychiatric Hospitals

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:15:37 +0100

My wife Clare has Alzheimer's disease and recently spent three weeks in a psychiatric hospital, a separate building among many on a huge hospital campus. Clare was admitted due to severe anxiety issues, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of medical care she received from her psychiatrist and nurses on a daily basis. However, I would recommend several changes be made in medical protocols, activity scheduling and in the roles of hospital aides to enhance the lives of Alzheimer's patients in psychiatric hospitals Medical protocol decisions Clare had a near syncope (fainting) episode during her second day in the hospital. (She never actually passed out, which is why doctors termed it a "near" syncope event.) I cannot fault the hospital protocol that required additional testing to ...

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When Zika Turns Deadlier: How Anti-Vaccination Misinformation Could Exacerbate an International Health Emergency

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:47:04 +0100

The world is in a frenzy over the Zika virus. Researchers established a link between its rise in Brazil and cases of congenital microcephaly in babies of infected pregnant women, with infants born with smaller than expected heads and improper brain development. As of November last year, Brazil's northeastern state of Pernambuco recorded 646 babies born with microcephaly. On February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency. Though we don't yet understand the exact relationship between Zika and microcephaly, there is clear cause for concern. But even more troubling is a virus brewing beneath the surface: rumors circulating online that this birth abnormality is actually caused by the Tdap vacci...

Baby thrives after heart procedure before birth

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:07:31 +0100

A California baby's rare heart condition could have been fatal, but doctors were able to intervene before little Grayson was even born (Source: Health News:

Rare heart procedure saves tiny newborn's life

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:59:45 +0100

Twenty-two weeks into his mother's pregnancy, doctors discovered baby Grayson Davila had a rare heart condition (Source: Health News:

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:11:27 +0100

Use of early pulse oximetry in the detection of cardiac lesions among asymptomatic term newborns

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusion Pulse oximetry can be used as a tool in apparently healthy term newborns for the early detection of cardiac lesions that might necessitate specialized follow-up and care. An initial test after the age of 2h followed by a confirmatory test 2h later, with a cut-off value of <95% is proposed. A comprehensive study is necessary to validate the results of this study. This might be of significant importance in low-income communities. (Source: Egyptian Pediatric Association Gazette)

Postnatal dexamethasone-induced programmed hypertension is related to the regulation of melatonin and its receptors

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Publication date: Available online 24 February 2016 Source:Steroids Author(s): Hsin-Yu Chang, You-Lin Tain Adulthood hypertension can be programmed by glucocorticoid exposure in early life. We found that maternal melatonin therapy prevents postnatal dexamethasone (DEX)-induced programmed hypertension. Melatonin acts through specific receptors, including MT1 and MT2 membrane receptors, and retinoid related orphan nuclear receptors of the RZR/ROR family. Thus we tested whether postnatal DEX-induced hypertension is related to changes of melatonin receptors in the kidney and heart, which was preserved by maternal melatonin therapy. Male neonates were assigned to four groups (n=6-8/group): control, DEX, control+ melatonin (MEL), and DEX+ MEL. Male rat pups were injected i.p. with DEX on d 1...

New mother holds her premature baby for the first time on video to melt your heart

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:17:59 +0100

The first time a mom holds her baby will always go down as one of the best moments. No more so than with this viral video, which shows Jessica holding Hugo. It is unclear where the film was shot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Air pollution 'kills 40,000 a year' in the UK, says report

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0100

What is the issue? "Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK," BBC News reports. The figures are the conclusion of a report assessing the impact of air pollution on public health in the UK. The report, published by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, discusses the lifelong impact of air pollution. It presents a number of recommendations to the public, businesses and governments to make changes and reduce air pollution. The expert panel states: "Real change will only occur when everyone accepts this responsibility, and makes a concerted effort." Who produced the report? The report was produced by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and...

How Close We Are To A 3-D-Printed Human Heart

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:06:17 +0100

Last week, scientists announced that for the first time ever, they were able to 3-D print an organ, successfully transplant it into an animal and get it to work. If you’re unsure of whether that’s really as crazy as it sounds, it is. For years scientists have succeeded at 3-D printing “living” tissue, but that tissue has been too weak, too unstable and too small to implant into humans or animals. Getting the tissue to stay alive long enough to integrate with the body and fuse with its blood supply has been next to impossible. Because of those hurdles, some scientists are skeptical that printing organs for the human body will ever become more than science fiction. But now researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine report they kept a baby-size...

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Healthista expert reveals 5 ways sex is good for your health

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:25:29 +0100

Experts reveal the benefits of sex go much further than love, baby making and pure pleasure. Getting frisky three times a week halves the risk of heart attack or stroke. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

What I Learn on the Orange Couch: Creating Boundaries for the First Time

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:03:23 +0100

(Stitching by Alisa Burke) His shoes are almost always brown. Sometimes, like last week, his socks match his bright green jacket, which I think is worn on days with rain. But I can't be sure; my evidence is sketchy, inconsistent, and random. I sit across from him, on a nubby burnt orange sofa that feels sturdy and new-ish and is so dark it is almost red; it is long enough for a family of four, depending on the capacity of that family for closeness. Which, perhaps, is the point in his line of work. In May of last year, I started seeing a psychiatrist; it is time for us to shed the stigma that rides alongside mental health interventions, like a puppy in a sidecar, but not as cute. Too many people suffer and die for not stepping into the sunshine to say, "Help me, I'm not waving but drowning...

Experience Journal: Growing up with congenital heart disease

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:37:47 +0100

One in 100 babies is born with some form of congenital heart defect (CHD).  Sometimes the issue is minor and doesn’t cause serious problems. Other times, the heart can’t function properly and needs immediate, invasive surgery. As kids with CHD grow up, they learn their condition will follow them for life and need continued attention. Every CHD heart is unique, but some experiences are universal, and kids and families can help support one another through challenging times. The Heart Experience Journal, created by the Department of Psychiatry and the Heart Center, represents the “collective wisdom” of patients and families coping with pediatric heart disease. The following excerpts were taken from conversations with patients and families during their child’s inpatient stay for a...

Stunning Ultrasound Photo Shows Unborn Baby Clutching Twin

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:18:15 +0100

An expectant couple found comfort in the midst of tragedy after a unique ultrasound experience. Kansas parents Brittani and Ian McIntire are expecting twins, a boy and a girl whom they've decided to name Mason and Madilyn. But according to their doctors, their son is not likely to survive the pregnancy and birth, and if he does, he won't live very long. Brittani told KWCH that the unborn baby boy has a hole in his heart and an "abnormal brain." "His only chance of survival would be heart surgery, but they wouldn't do heart surgery on him because of his brain," she said, adding that while Madilyn weighs over two pounds, Mason is only nine ounces. Though devastated by the news that they will likely only bring one twin home, the McIntires found a glimmer of hope at an ultrasound app...

Testing of Dhoulath's method to speed up diagnose by separating up crying sound of a baby from normal heart beats – ‘an innovative time saving technique’

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Publication date: Available online 16 February 2016 Source:Perspectives in Science Author(s): J. Dhoulath Beegum, D. Chitraprasad Medical world offers unforeseen ways and techniques in diagnosis of the rarest of rare diseases, of early detection, of prompt and speedy aid and treatment but, many are the hurdles to be overcome by doctors. The case undertaken precedes one such problem doctors confront during auscultation. The baby crying sound necessitates a pause-a pause to distract the baby and stop it's cry without which diagnosis becomes impossible and erratic too, leading to time delay. An innovative time saving facility was pondered upon as the way out to gear up doctors to facilitate auscultation even when the baby continues to cry. DHOULATH's method is utilized for separation of t...

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10 Lessons I Learned My First Year As an Entrepreneur

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:08:47 +0100

One year ago today I gave birth to my little girl, Quinn. I also gave birth to a business. I left my much loved, salaried career as a Psychotherapist for a University in order to pursue entrepreneurship. I had spent many years working and going to graduate school when my two boys were younger and I decided that I wanted to be a more mindful, present mother with the flexibility that entrepreneurship would provide. As new parents we often have very shiny (and unrealistic) expectations. Did anyone else think that the house would be lemony fresh and your baby would sleep while you shopped at Target and sipped a Latte? Me too. Alas, society similarly portrays entrepreneurship. Four Hour Workweek, Anyone? I am here to shine light on these societal expectations and bring you an honest, messy and ...

6 Incredible Skills You Were Born With

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:13:23 +0100

As scientists learn more about human nature, they've made some remarkable discoveries about skills and traits that we may be born with. A new study published last month in the journal Royal Society Open Science suggests that the ability to teach -- whether we're showing a young niece how to tie her shoes or instructing an entire geometry class -- is a vital and ingrained aspect of human nature. The research contradicts previously held theories that teaching as we understand it -- as the passing of detailed, instructional knowledge from one person to another -- is a modern invention, according to Dr. Barry Hewlett, a professor of anthropology at Washington State University-Vancouver and lead author of the study. "It is pervasive in the lives of so many in the world today, it is im...

I was petrified

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:32:15 +0100

As a shy, ‘wouldn’t say boo to a goose’ kinda girl, I’ve kept relatively quiet since joining UNISON nearly two years ago. Being selected as a delegate at the women’s conference gave me a voice and reading through the agenda I decided to use it. Motion 32, Pro women – pro choice, was close to my heart. Conference called for support to the Back Off campaign, which would hopefully put a stop to groups such as Abort 67 protesting close to the clinic, ensuring the safety of women who use the services provided, and the staff who provide it. Sitting in the ‘for’ seats hastily writing a short speech, trying to make sense of what I’d written and hoping I could get my message across clearly … I was petrified! Feeling sick to the stomach, I heard th...

Stories from the picket lines

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:36:28 +0100

Junior doctors explain their fears with the Government contract proposal in the first instalment from picket lines across England Life savers make an entrance Junior doctors in Derbyshire used their training to provide lifesaving skills to the parents of around 100 babies and children. Shifts of eight paediatric trainees are giving respiratory and cardiac arrest training to 35 parents per session inside St Peter’s Church Hall, Derby. Each of the four slots today are fully booked. Derby foundation doctor 2 Sam Thacker, who attended, said: ‘There’s a talk at the start about why [this knowledge is] important, what to do if your child stops breathing or if they choke. [The parents] seem to be really enjoying the training. ‘It’s really life support — respi...

Stories from the picket lines — Bristol

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:53:14 +0100

In the second instalment from the picket lines, junior doctors in Bristol explain why they are prepared to take the drastic measure of stopping work There was a festive spirit outside St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with doctors singing and cheering as passing traffic beeped in support. ‘It's not about the money,’ the trainees chorused in an adapted version of the Jessie J song Pricetag. ‘Could you save a life if you've been up all night?’ The words struck a chord with Catharine Brindley, a specialty trainee 3 in paediatrics, who did an 80-hour week in the run up to Christmas, including five hours of free overtime. ‘Obviously I wasn't at my best in the 80th hour,' she said. ‘I heard a radio interview with [health secretary Jeremy] Hunt the other morni...

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Conflict zone: all in the line of duty

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:38:37 +0100

  Warnings about the humanitarian crisis in Syria by a British surgeon went unheeded until millions fled and thousands died. However, the destruction, horror and danger did not prevent his bid to save lives. Tammy Lovell reports When humanitarian disasters hit, doctors and medical staff are often first on the scene before the media and the eyes of the world cast their glare. These people may be regarded by the public as heroes, but many of them see it as no more than their duty as medics to help the sick and injured. One such doctor is London consultant surgeon David Nott, who has been volunteering in conflict zones for more than 20 years. His humanitarian missions have taken him to Afghanistan Bosnia, Gaza, Iraq, Libya and Sierra Leone — and most recently Syria. In a present...

Vinny “The Conqueror” battles HLHS

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:25:59 +0100

My husband Mike and I will never forget the feeling of excitement we had the morning we were finding out if we were having a boy or a girl. It seemed like we had to wait an eternity, wondering whether we’d hear the words “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl.” Finally, the time came — and our nurse let us know we were expecting a BOY! After screeching from excitement and smiling from ear to ear, we quickly realized something was wrong. Our doctor had noticed the left side of our son’s heart was noticeably smaller than the right, a sign that he had a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS. With HLHS, the left side of the heart is underdeveloped and unable to properly pump blood. That day, our world immediately changed. Our minds were racing in every direction, an...

I Got Mercury Poisoning from Sushi in LA

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:29:24 +0100

This study was one more confirmation of what I’ve known for a long time: Mercury can give you cardiovascular disease.iii Although mainstream medicine likes to blame cholesterol for heart disease, science has known for a long time the underlying culprit is inflammation. And the inflammatory effect of mercury on your cardiovascular system can be devastating. Most mainstream doctors believe that heavy metals are naturally removed from your body through your kidneys and liver. But this is far from true. Heavy metals remain in your body for years. Follow these guidelines to keep your mercury levels low: Avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. These large fish contain unacceptable levels of mercury. Eat up to 12 ounces (two 6 oz servings) per week of fish that are low in ...

Tanzania: Eight-Month Baby Mom Narrates Heart Rending Tale

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:57:17 +0100

[Daily News] Miriam Said who is fighting to save her daughter's life, has said that she cannot afford to take her daughter Zamrat Ramadhani back to hospital for further consultation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)

The Day I Realized I Had Been Betrayed

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:10:58 +0100

I feel so betrayed. I'm feeling rejected and disregarded. It's vulnerable to admit, but it's the truth of how I feel. It feels shameful and painful to not be loved the way I desire to be. It's not a story I like to share, but I hope it can help others dealing with betrayal. Last Thanksgiving, I got a baby lovebird named Walter. Walter is bright green, orange, and turquoise. He's a beautiful, ornery little guy, and I love his tweet-tweet-quack throughout the house. I decided to get just one lovebird because everything I read said that if you get two they bond to each other, and if you get just one, they will bond to you. So, one little Walter it was. I do all the right things for him to attach to me. I play with him, feed him by hand, and let him flit around outside the cage a little eac...

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Smoking bans linked to fewer heart attacks and strokes

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

ConclusionThere is no doubt that tobacco smoking harms health and causes a great deal of disease and death. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco is responsible for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.The question is whether smoking bans can help reduce the harm caused by tobacco. This summary of research suggests they can, particularly for people who are non-smokers. While it's hard to get good-quality evidence about the effects of smoking bans, comparisons of data from hospitals and national registries before and after a ban is helpful. However, we can't be sure the effects being measured are solely down to the smoking ban. For example, bans on trans fats in foods in some countries could also have contributed to a drop in heart attacks and stroke. However, it's useful t...

A Better Person, a Better Physician

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:07:00 +0100

​It's amazing how quickly things can change. The past nine months of residency have held all the highs and lows that one would expect, all the while underlined by a 40-week countdown. Every plan I have for the future has been qualified by the expected arrival of my family's newest member, and I've worked furiously with the knowledge that time once dedicated to research, writing, and reading would soon be spoken for.My wife and I welcomed our daughter on Dec. 22. Eloise Jane waited for me to finish one last holiday shift before signaling her arrival, and gave us only a few hiccups on her way into our arms. The entire experience was more magical than I could have ever anticipated, and it surely has changed me as a person and as a physician.It was an odd feeling, really, sitting in the deli...

Woman hears dead baby's heartbeat for the first time inside transplant recipient

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:28:14 +0100

Heather Clark heard her son Lukas' heart inside four-year-old organ recipient Jordan Drake at Phoenix Children's Hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Birth Outcomes in Women with a History of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

CONCLUSION: Most women with JIA will deliver a normal baby, even though they are at higher risk for having a child with adverse birth outcomes. Research is needed to understand pathophysiologic mechanisms and to investigate the effects of medications during childhood and youth on future birth outcomes. PMID: 26834215 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: J Rheumatol)

WHO Holds Emergency Meeting on Zika Virus

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:04:00 +0100

GENEVA (AP) — Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," chief of the World Health Organization announced that it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts on Monday to decide if the virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. At a special meeting Thursday in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems — is becoming more of a threat. Chan said although there was no definitive proof that the Zika virus was responsible for a spike in the number of babies being born with abnormally small heads in Brazil, "the level of alarm is extremely high." She also noted a possible relationship between Zika infection and Guillain-Barre syndrom...

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Medical News Today: Antidepressants in pregnancy do not raise congenital heart risk for baby

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0100

New study adds to the debate on whether antidepressants in pregnancy raise risk of congenital heart defects in babies by concluding they do not; other factors are likely culprits. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Cold and flu warning: The dangers of too much acetaminophen

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:40:49 +0100

Cold and flu season is here. Peruse the aisles of a local pharmacy or grocery store and you will find more than 30 over-the-counter medications available to treat the symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat, and achy muscles. Many of these “multi-symptom” products contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. This means cold and flu sufferers who are using multiple combination cough and cold remedies may inadvertently be taking more acetaminophen than they intend — and putting themselves at risk for a serious complication: acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity. Acetaminophen is the most commonly available pain-relieving and fever-reducing medication. It is an ingredient in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, and it has a remarkable safety profile: ...

Finding comfort and hydronephrosis care close to home

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:34:36 +0100

AJ Arria was diagnosed and treated at Boston Children’s for hydronephrosis – a urological condition where urine backs up into the kidneys. Every child has a favorite thing. Some find comfort in the softness of a blanket, while others prefer snuggling a stuffed animal. Whatever the soothing item is, every parent cringes at the thought of misplacing it. Michelle Arria remembers the day her 18-month-old son Anthony James (AJ) visited Boston Children’s Hospital for testing. It was the day his favorite blanket was lost. “Testing was about to begin, and I went to get AJ’s blanket, and it was nowhere to be found. He was screaming crying, and I became hysterical,” Michelle recalls. A staff member stepped into action. “[The nurse] left the room and was gone for a period ...

Saying Goodbye to My Brother

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:45 +0100

Let's talk some truth, some difficult truth. Let's talk about something real, about life. This past year has been a challenging one for me. I lost my grandmother and my dog, Milou, last year, my dad this January and then my brother in August. What shocked me the most was losing my brother, he was only almost 41 and left behind two little children. The news kicked me in the gut and I couldn't breathe. I still remember when I got the phone call from my oldest brother and I knew immediately something was wrong because he was stammering, and he never stammers. When he said those words, everything in my body reacted, I felt like throwing up my insides and I kept screaming "no" to my brother. I wanted more details right away but I couldn't get any until hours later. My head reeled for hours and...

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'Skinny' Mom Offers Different Perspective On Body Shaming

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:39:36 +0100

A Kentucky mom's powerful blog post is offering a new perspective in the conversation about postpartum body image. Photographer and blogger Ashley Glass wrote a post titled, "Thunder Thighs or Skinny Mini: The Truths Behind Body Shaming," in which she shares her own personal body image journey and offers some advice to her fellow moms and society as a whole. Explaining that she's always been "the small girl," Glass begins her post with descriptions of the unkind labels and nicknames people always used to describe her "surfboard" figure. She then describes how her body changed with pregnancy and the birth of her now-3-year-old son. "Having no idea what a legit post-baby bod would look like, I was a bit traumatized that I had a miniature basketball belly still there, even after he came ...

Coexistence of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and abdominal wall closure defect with chromosomal abnormality: two case reports

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusions Attention should be paid to chromosomal abnormality in cases in which the coexistence of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and abdominal wall closure defect are observed. (Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports)

7 Signs That You Might Need a Food Tune Up

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:37:55 +0100

Do you ever have the feeling that something is just not right with your relationship with food and your body? Do you see other people, who seem to just eat a cheeseburger without stress and think, I would never, ever be able to do that? But at the same time, so often we can think: well, this is just the way I am. I guess I'm going to have to live with it. And of course, that's perfectly fine. If you are happy, there's no need to change anything in how you approach eating and your weight. But in my work as a coach for women who feel like they are always frustrated with their eating, there's a few common things that I see in clients, and I know that that they really don't need to feel this way. It really is possible to be around food at a restaurant, on vacation, at a party, and not be af...

All roads lead to Boston for South Carolina parents-to-be

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:04:28 +0100

When you’re a South Carolina couple expecting your first baby, the prospect of a two-day, 1,000-mile road trip to deliver your bundle of joy seems far-fetched. “Boston is not next door,” concedes Tradd Martin. “But after talking about the pros and cons, it was an easy decision.” Tradd and his wife Jean decided to deliver their son Alex at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after doctors detected a Vein of Galen malformation, a rare blood vessel abnormality in the brain, during a third-trimester ultrasound. “I was 32 weeks pregnant, and everything was going great. We even debated not doing the ultrasound, but a little something was telling us, ‘Go ahead,’” recalls Jean. The ultrasound technician told the Martins she was concerned about an area in Alex’s brain, and the obstet...

Cor triatriatum dexter: A rare cause of cyanosis during neonatal period

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

We report a 1-week-old child who presented with intermittent episodes of central cyanosis. Echocardiography, established, and bubble contrast study confirmed the diagnosis of an isolated cor-triatriatum dexter. The baby initially underwent an intervention by cardiac catheterization, which was unsuccessful in disrupting the membrane and re-direct the systemic venous flow to the right heart chambers. She subsequently had the cor-triatriatum dexter membrane resected via an uncomplicated open-heart surgery. (Source: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology)

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Autoimmune congenital heart block: complex and unusual situations.

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:48:04 +0100

Authors: Brito-Zerón P, Izmirly PM, Ramos-Casals M, Buyon JP, Khamashta MA Abstract Autoimmune congenital heart block (ACHB) is an immune-mediated cardiac disease included among the manifestations collectively referred to as neonatal lupus. The placental transference of maternal Ro/La autoantibodies may damage the conduction tissues during fetal development leading to blocking of signal conduction at the atrioventricular (AV) node in an otherwise structurally normal heart. Irreversible complete AV block is the main cardiac manifestation of ACHB, but some babies may develop endocardial fibroelastosis, valvular insufficiency, and/or frank cardiomyopathies with significantly reduced cardiac function requiring transplant. The severity of ACHB is illustrated by a global mortality rate ...

Novel three-sinus enlargement technique for supravalvular aortic stenosis without aortic transection

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusion: Our novel three-sinus enlargement technique is suitable for treating each type of SVAS and is a useful method for a baby particularly less than 10 kg without disturbing the growth of the ascending aorta. (Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Everything The Diet Industry Is Marketing to You Is BS

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:33:25 +0100

Having worked on the front lines at an advertising agency for over 8 years, I'm here to tell you that everything the diet industry is marketing to you is a bunch of BS. Today I saw an ad on social media for the "secret to six pack abs". The word choice here is carefully designed. It's intended to give you pause, against all your rational judgment. There's a secret? All this time...if only I had known! Give me the key! Show me the way! You know there is not a secret. But you want to believe it just badly enough to give it a whirl. If there is one secret the fitness and diet industries are keeping from you it's that not everyone can have a six pack. I'm talking biologically. Straight up genetics have a big part in dictating whether or not you have a six pack. I'm not suggesting that nutritio...

The Tale of the Pakistani Taliban Father Whose Baby Had Polio

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:22:25 +0100

There’s a special place in hell for the suicide bomber who killed 16 people at a polio vaccination center in Quetta, Pakistan on Jan. 13. There’s a place too for the Pakistani Taliban spokesman who claimed credit for the attack—as well as for his whole blood-soaked organization. The Taliban have been targeting polio workers for several years now, insisting that no children can be vaccinated until U.S. drone strikes in the country stop. They have also spread rumors that the vaccine contains HIV or is designed to sterilize Muslim girls, and that vaccinators are CIA spies in disguise—a fiction that gained currency after agents pulled just that masquerade while hunting for Osama bin Laden. Still, after decades of work, victory might be at hand in the fight to eradicate ...

Why Following Your Passion Isn't Flighty -- It's Practical.

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:51:51 +0100

"Respond to every call that ignites your spirit" -- Rumi So often we think we can't make money doing what we love so we do not begin. We separate our job from the work we truly love to do. Getting started on a passion project overwhelms us and we never start. We think an entire life change is required when this is not necessarily true. Unless you are one of the fortunate few whose full time job is what you always hoped would be your life's work (around 10 percent of us), it's possible to pursue your passion outside of the office if you make it a priority. I know an attorney who teaches guitar, a real estate broker with a large following as a food blogger and a headhunter who has an online course in travel writing. They love it! It adds a rich and awesome element to their life and who knows...

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Finding Beauty in Pain

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:51:42 +0100

This is the story of when I received the call that my husband had died. To date, these are the darkest moments of my life. Here I will speak of not only the agonizing first few moments, but also the hope and beauty that I have found through the journey of grief. It was a Tuesday night. Search and rescue had already placed a call to inform me that there was an emergency called in but that they had not made it to their location yet. I was anxiously awaiting the phone call. The phone was handed to me with a downward glance and the most solemn expression I had ever seen. I frantically grabbed for the phone and wildly called out into the receiver.. 'Baby!?' over and over and over, waiting for his reply but not hearing the familiar voice on the other end. Expecting to hear him while simulta...

Reducing the risk of fetal distress with sildenafil study (RIDSTRESS): a double-blind randomised control trial

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Background: Labour is perhaps the most hazardous time in pregnancy. As many as 20 % of cerebral palsy cases in term infants result from intrapartum events and up to 63 % of babies who develop intrapartum compromise have no prior risk factors. Sildenafil citrate (SC), a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, improves uterine blood supply through vasodilatation and potentially could improve placental perfusion and hence reduce the risk of intrapartum fetal hypoxia. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of SC to reduce the risk of intrapartum fetal compromise and the need for emergency operative delivery.Methods/designThis is a single centre, double-blind, randomised, phase II clinical trial of SC or placebo given during labour to women (18–50 years of age) with a single, appropriate...

An Open Letter to My Younger Brother With Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 03:32:53 +0100

Dear Frankie, You may not know the impact you've had on my life. I have endless memories of ​our childhood together ​and ​I could probably write about them forever. But there are specific moments​​ looking back​ that I realize just in how many ways, I am who I am because of you. One of these moments I remember quite vividly. It was a beautiful summer day and we were excited because mom had the day off. Giancarlo (​o​ur older brother) was playing with friends and so it ended up being just me, you and mom. You were in that blue stroller you used to have when you were 8 years old. With my hand on one of the handles, mom pushed the stroller and we cheerfully walked down Ft. Washington Avenue and 173rd street in uptown Manhattan ​when​ we ran across two young boys playing o...

More than 100 babies a week born at risk of killer heart defects – and parents don't know

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:01:00 +0100

UP to half a million people are living with genetic defects which puts them at risk from a potentially fatal heart condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

Why your wheezing baby may need TLC, not medication

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:00:45 +0100

Follow me at @drClaire When a baby is sick with fever, cough, and a wheeze, it’s natural to think that what they need is medication — like an antibiotic, or one of the medications used to treat wheezing in children with asthma (such as albuterol). But it turns out that if a condition called bronchiolitis is the culprit, the best treatment is no treatment. Bronchiolitis is a bad cold (caused by various viruses) that settles into the lungs. When it does, it leads to fever, lots of congestion, cough, and noisy or wheezy breathing. It’s incredibly common. In fact, one in five babies under 12 months ends up at the doctor’s office for bronchiolitis — and 2% to 3% end up hospitalized. It can be quite serious, especially when it’s caused by a particular virus called respiratory syncyti...

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Failed caudal block due to physiologic changes associated with a cerebrospinal fluid leak: a case report

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusions The possible mechanism of this failed caudal block was high systemic absorption of anesthetic given the epidural venous plexus engorgement thus leaving less anesthetic acting within the CSF and on the exiting spinal nerves. Decreased CSF flow in the thecal sac might also have contributed, as might dilution of the remaining local anesthetic caused by large amounts of leaking CSF within the epidural space. (Source: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia)

Failed caudal block due to physiologic changes associated with a cerebrospinal fluid leak: a case report.

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

CONCLUSIONS: The possible mechanism of this failed caudal block was high systemic absorption of anesthetic given the epidural venous plexus engorgement thus leaving less anesthetic acting within the CSF and on the exiting spinal nerves. Decreased CSF flow in the thecal sac might also have contributed, as might dilution of the remaining local anesthetic caused by large amounts of leaking CSF within the epidural space. PMID: 26759160 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia)

What happens when you faint?

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:30 +0100

Were you watching the news on CNN recently when anchor Poppy Harlow fainted during a live broadcast? She was talking about a graphic on the screen at the time when, over a period of 10 seconds or so, her speech became halting and slurred — and then there was silence. With the graphic regarding President Obama’s approval ratings still on display, the broadcast moved on to a commercial. After a CNN colleague filled in briefly, Ms. Harlow, who is pregnant, reappeared and reassured her audience that she was fine. She explained that she got a little warm, fainted briefly, and now felt fine. She finished up the show and promptly reported to her doctor. A short while later, she tweeted that she and her baby were fine. The video of the show has been widely circulated. It’s not every day that...

New alcohol advice issued

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:28:00 +0100

New proposed guidelines on alcohol, drawn up by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK, have been published today. The expert group that produced the guidelines looked at the body of new evidence about the potential harms of alcohol that has emerged since the previous guidelines were published in 1995. There are three main issues on which revised or new guidance is given: guidance on regular drinking guidance on single drinking sessions guidance on drinking in pregnancy   Regular drinking The guidance advises that: to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level you are safest not regularly drinking more than 14 units per week – 14 units is equivalent to a bottle and a half of wine or five pints of export-type lager (5% abv) over the course of a week – this appl...

Google Cardboard helps doctor save baby's life

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 21:05:38 +0100

Stephen FellerMIAMI, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A doctor in Miami saved a baby's life after using Google Cardboard to visualize a complicated heart surgery that had never been done before. (Source: Health News -

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Antidepressant paroxetine use linked to risk of birth defects

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0100

ConclusionThe big question for pregnant women with any type of illness is always whether the benefits of treatment will outweigh any possible risk of harm to their babies. The question of whether paroxetine can cause birth defects has been under discussion since 2005, when a small study suggested an increased risk of heart malformations. Since then, there have been many studies with conflicting results. This systematic review brings together the latest research and pools the results to come up with a best estimate of the risk of birth defects linked to paroxetine. The strengths of the study are that it was a systematic review, so should have included any relevant research, and that the researchers analysed the data in different ways to look for potential biases or factors that could have s...

Care of the Family of an Infant With a Congenital Heart Defect During the NICU Hospitalization

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0100

The family of an infant born with a congenital heart defect is challenged by both the short- and long-term implications of the diagnosis and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization. Nurses are in a key position to support these families as they deal with the psychological, emotional, and financial impact of the NICU experience. Understanding how families perceive the NICU environment and their grief in losing the desired healthy baby provides the NICU nurse with the knowledge to engage in self-reflection on her or his interpersonal style and caregiving attitudes. Utilizing the concepts and principles of family-centered care and relationship-based practice, nurses can work together with the families to determine how to best meet the families' needs and to find the resources ...

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Allowing Parental Exemptions From Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening.

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Authors: Hom LA, Silber TJ, Ennis-Durstine K, Hilliard MA, Martin GR Abstract Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening is rapidly becoming the standard of care in the United States after being added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) in 2011. Newborn screens typically do not require affirmative parental consent. In fact, most states allow parents to exempt their baby from receiving the required screen on the basis of religious or personally held beliefs. There are many ethical considerations implicated with allowing parents to exempt their child from newborn screening for CCHD. Considerations include the treatment of religious exemptions in our current legal system, as well as medical and ethical principles in relation to the rights of infants. Although the...

“I was so worried about every drop of milk” – feeding problems at home are a significant concern for parents after major heart surgery in infancy

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Abstract Increasing numbers of operations in small infants with complex congenital heart disease are being carried out in the UK year on year, with more surviving the initial operation. However, even after successful surgery some of these infants remain fragile when they are discharged home. The aim of the study was to elicit parents' experiences of caring for a child with complex needs after major congenital heart surgery. We conducted a qualitative study involving semi‐structured interviews with parents of 20 children (aged <1–5 months at hospital discharge), who had undergone open heart surgery and subsequently died or been readmitted unexpectedly to intensive care following their initial discharge home. Feeding difficulties following discharge from the specialist surgical cent...

Yoga in pregnancy: Many poses are safer than once thought

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:40 +0100

This study suggests that yoga can be safe during late pregnancy and adds to the growing scientific evidence that yoga is a helpful, safe tool to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression throughout pregnancy. Over half of all women experience anxiety at some point during pregnancy, and about 13% of pregnant women experience clinical depression. Yoga has been shown to ease stress and anxiety during pregnancy and to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Several studies of yoga during pregnancy have found it is also effective for reducing depression, particularly when it is started early in the pregnancy and can be combined with standard depression treatment. Yoga can also reduce pain and discomfort, as well as improve overall quality of life during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga is particular...

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Behind the Headlines' 2015 Quiz of the Year

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 12:00:00 +0100

In 2015, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. Why not test your knowledge of 2015's health news with our month-by-month quiz?If you've been paying attention, you should find this quiz both easy and fun.Answers are at the bottom of the page – no peeking! QuestionsIn January 2015's health news...1. What activity was said to increase the risk of heart disease?a) playing violent video games b) sexual role playing c) angry tweeting 2. Eating like a what was claimed to reduce obesity risk?a) a Native American b) a Zulu c) a Viking In February 2015's health news... 3. Doing what was said to increase pain tolerance?a) shouting "ow" (or something stronger) b) clenching your fists c) hopping up and down for a few sec...

The Biggest Human Dis-ease

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:16:29 +0100

We are all looking OUTSIDE of ourselves for a cure, a cure for the power we have unknowingly given away. We look to our parents to approve of us, our perfect body to validate us, our job to fulfill us and our stuff to complete us. When you think about the word dis-ease it means that we are experiencing symptoms that tell us we are not at ease within ourselves. As a spiritual coach I teach my clients many different practices and principles of self healing because that is what we have forgotten most. Our dis-ease shows up as many different symptoms. We are unsatisfied, insecure, have indigestion, constipation, migraines, anxiety, co-dependency, can't concentrate or feel lost, lonely or confused. The greatest realization I ever had on my own journey of self healing was the understanding of h...

Mosquito Virus May Have Caused Brain Damage In Thousands Of Babies

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:18:47 +0100

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the early weeks of Angelica Pereira's pregnancy, a mosquito bite began bothering her. At first it seemed a small thing. But the next day she awoke with a rash, a headache, a fever and a burning in her eyes. The symptoms disappeared within four days, but she fears the virus has left lasting consequences. Pereira's daughter Luiza was born in October with a head more than an inch (3 centimeters) below the range defined as healthy by doctors, a rare condition known as microcephaly that often results in mental retardation. A neurologist soon gave Pereira and her husband more bad news: The brain damage had caused cerebral palsy. "My heart stopped. All I kept thinking about was all the struggles and discrimination my baby will suffer," said Pereira, a 20-year-old se...

Book Review: Body of Truth

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:34:25 +0100

My friend’s husband once said I’d be a great catch if I would just “lose a little more weight.” I was surprised by his comment, particularly since he carries around a spare tire and since I am healthy (and happy) in size. Unfortunately, he, like many others, believes that being a stick is a pre-requisite to being a “great catch.” Now, after reading Harriet Brown’s Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight — and What We Can Do about It, I want us all to eradicate this kind of bizarre commentary and judgment. Body of Truth is hard to describe in a nutshell. At its best, the book reads like a well-researched editorial in a respected medical journal. It’s loaded with case studies, commentary, and stories from medical professionals and av...

Baby with heart defects needs surgery or this Christmas could be her last

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:39:20 +0100

Zee Makuwaza, from Nelspruit, South Africa, has been diagnosed with an atrioventricular septal defect, which means there are three holes in her heart so it leaks and blood flows to her lungs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Behind the Headlines' Top Five of Top Fives 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0100

In this study, researchers wanted to see why this is and if there could be any human applications.Researchers collected white blood cells from African and Asian elephants. They found that elephants have at least 20 copies of a gene called TP53. TP53 is known to encourage cell "suicide" when DNA is damaged, stopping any potential cancer in its tracks. In contrast, humans are thought to have only a single copy of the TP53 gene.Of course the big question – the elephant in the room, if you will – is how we can boost TP53 activity in humans to stimulate a similar protective effect. The simple answer is: we don't know. Yet. Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccineIt's just like buses. You wait years for a potential universal flu vaccine, then two come along at once. In ...

Behind the Headlines Top Five of Top Fives 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0100

In this study, researchers wanted to see why this is and if there could be any human applications. Researchers collected white blood cells from African and Asian elephants. They found elephants have at least 20 copies of a gene called TP53. TP53 is known to encourage cell "suicide" when DNA is damaged, stopping any potential cancer in its tracks. In contrast, humans are thought to have only a single copy of the TP53 gene. Of course the big question – the elephant in the room, if you will – is how we can boost TP53 activity in humans to stimulate a similar protective effect. The simple answer is: we don't know. Yet. Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine It just like buses. You wait years for a potential universal flu vaccine then two come along at the same time...

All I Want for Christmas Is Mosquito Repellent: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Chikungunya Virus

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 23:03:35 +0100

As thousands of Americans flock to the sun, sand and warm waters of the southern states of America, the Caribbean and South and Central America, almost everyone is aware that protection from the sun can be easily achieved applying lotions with a high SPF rating. Of course, many will choose a dark tan over their skin's health, but at least they're making a decision knowing the consequences. Unfortunately, the vast majority of travelers to southern destinations do not know that unless they apply an effective mosquito repellent from dawn to dusk -- and use other repellents and protections throughout the day and night -- they could become partially paralyzed for days, or worse, dead. And there's a recent study that also suggests that severe brain infections including encephalitis can occur as ...

Arteriovenous malformation of vein of Galen as a rare non‐hypoxic cause of changes in fetal heart rate pattern during labor

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100

Abstract The aim of this case report is to describe a rare non‐hypoxic cause of pathological changes in fetal heart rate pattern during labor, and to determine management, including a description of important prenatal aspects when pathologic cardiotocographic recording is performed during labor. A fetus with rare arteriovenous malformation of the vein of Galen, which represents less than 1% of all intracranial arteriovenous malformations, was monitored by intrapartum external cardiotocography in the 37 + 5 gestational week. The baby was born by cesarean section because of signs of imminent intrauterine hypoxia on cardiotocography. However, metabolic acidosis was not confirmed in umbilical cord blood sampling. Despite intensive neonatal care management, the newborn died 31 h after deliver...

5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:11:40 +0100

By Susan Yara, Glamour Raise your hand if you've made a New Year's resolution and failed to stick with it a month -- maybe even a week -- into it. No shame! We've all done it. And though we know the routine, there's a big chance we'll still set goals for 2016. After all, "a new year is the perfect opportunity to muster up the courage to face change with a curious mind and open heart," says expert interventionist and founder of Breath Life Healing Centers Brad Lamm. The good news is, you can make your New Year's resolution work. You just need the right tips. That's why we reached out to experts like Lamm, along with registered dietitian and exercise physiologist Felicia Stoler DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, and founder of YG Studios Nt Etuk for guidance. Set a realistic goal. We often set high expec...

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Stephanie Arnold 'dies' for 37 seconds during C-section to deliver her baby

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:42:28 +0100

Stephanie Arnold, 43, from Chicago, suffered an amniotic fluid embolism during a C-section to deliver her son Jacob. Her heart stopped and she was clinically dead for 37 seconds before doctors revived her. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Wild Otter Swims Into Aquarium's Tide Pool, Gives Birth To Adorable Pup

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:34:20 +0100

A California aquarium received an early Christmas present over the weekend when a pregnant wild sea otter swam into its tide pool and gave birth to an adorable pup. The otter in question had been visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium grounds in Monterey, California, for the past several days -- behavior that had raised some concern among the aquarium's employees. “It’s rare for a healthy sea otter to visit the pool so frequently -- we started to wonder if she was doing all right,” the aquarium staff wrote in a Sunday blog post. All became clear on Saturday morning, when staff members spotted the otter grooming a tiny baby, its umbilical cord still attached. As one might imagine, photogenic chaos ensued. In several photos posted to the aquarium's blog, the beautiful...

New grant for stem cell treatment of hole in the heart

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:15:00 +0100

A research project in Bristol’s School of Clinical Sciences for the treatment of babies born with hole in the heart has been awarded a grant by the Enid Linder Foundation. (Source: University of Bristol news)

Fetal electrocardiogram (ECG) for fetal monitoring during labour.

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100

CONCLUSIONS: The modest benefits of fewer fetal scalp samplings during labour (in settings in which this procedure is performed) and fewer instrumental vaginal births have to be considered against the disadvantages of needing to use an internal scalp electrode, after membrane rupture, for ECG waveform recordings. We found little strong evidence that ST waveform analysis had an effect on the primary outcome measures in this systematic review.There was a lack of evidence showing that PR interval analysis improved any outcomes; and a larger future trial may possibly demonstrate beneficial effects.There is little information about the value of fetal ECG waveform monitoring in preterm fetuses in labour. Information about long-term development of the babies included in the trials would be valuab...

10 Tips to Supercharge Your Health This Holiday Season

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:52:47 +0100

'Tis the season for overeating. The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's are filled with lots of social gatherings and food festivities. Food is everywhere, whether the office party, family events, buffets, cocktail parties or holiday candy gifts. It is also a stressful time for many people which, in and of itself, can lead to additional overeating. With some advance planning, and smart pointers, however, you can come out healthier and more rejuvenated, and maybe even a few pounds thinner in time for the New Year. To help you avoid gaining weight this season and reduce "food-related" stress, below I offer strategies that I've successfully used with clients in my talks and nutrition counseling practice. I invite you to try incorporating them into your daily routine. 1. Plan your d...

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6 Things You Probably Don't Know About Yawning

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:13:51 +0100

We all do it, and we all know it has at least something to do with how tired we feel. But unlike sleep apnea or laptops in the bedroom, yawning is an aspect of sleep that researchers haven't quite figured out just yet. That doesn't mean we're totally in the dark when it comes to catching flies. Here are a few of the facts we know for sure when it comes to yawning.   There Are Many Theories, But Little ProofThere's little research to support any of a number of theories as to why we yawn. First off, we don't only do it when we're tired. It also probably doesn't reflect a lack of oxygen, although that theory isn't a totally nutty one. The idea likely blossomed from the fact that too-shallow breathing can cause problems, says Michael Decker, Ph.D., associate professor at the Frances Payn...

Planned caesarean section for women with a twin pregnancy.

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100

CONCLUSIONS: Data mainly from one large, multicentre study found no clear evidence of benefit from planned caesarean section for term twin pregnancies with leading cephalic presentation. Data on long-term infant outcomes are awaited. Women should be informed of possible risks and benefits of labour and vaginal birth pertinent to their specific clinical presentation and the current and long-term effects of caesarean section for both mother and babies. There is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of planned caesarean section for term twin pregnancy with leading cephalic presentation, except in the context of further randomised trials. PMID: 26684389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)

We May Resurrect The Mammoth Sooner Than You Think

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:15:07 +0100

Of all the varied and incredible possibilities presented by the controversial new gene-editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9, perhaps the most intriguing are efforts to bring animals back from extinction. Candidates for de-extinction, as the process is known, include species like the passenger pigeon (the last one died in captivity in 1914), the dodo (last seen in 1662) and the sea cow (1768, a mere 27 years after it had been discovered by Europeans.) These projects are not pipe dreams.  Dr. George Church, a molecular biologist at Harvard University who is working on such projects, estimates that a variation of the first new woolly mammoth (which disappeared some 4,000 years ago) may be born as soon as seven years from now. Like other proponents of de-extinction, he hopes the an...

Kenya: Kwale Family Seeks Sh1.5 Million for Baby's Heart Surgery

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:37:36 +0100

[The Star] A family in Kwale county is seeking Sh1.5 million for their daughter's heart surgery to be done in India early next year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Preventing cardiac diseases in childhood.

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:16:03 +0100

DISCUSSION: As many studies have proved the role of preventive measures that can alternate the outcome of cardiac diseases in childhood. AEPC/Preventive Cardiology working group is in the process to publish in the near future guidelines on this topic. PMID: 26665231 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine)

Twin infant with lymphatic dysplasia diagnosed with Noonan syndrome by molecular genetic testing.

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:12:02 +0100

We describe a child that was born with congenital refractory chylothorax and subcutaneous edema suspected to be secondary to pulmonary lymphangiectasis. The infant died of respiratory failure and anasarca at 80 days. The autopsy confirmed lymphatic dysplasia in lungs and mesentery. The baby had no dysmorphic facial features and was diagnosed postmortem with Noonan syndrome by genomic DNA sequence analysis as he had a heterozygous mutation for G503R in the PTPN11 gene. PMID: 24754368 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology)

Jett’s story: A second opinion and a second chance

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:39:41 +0100

Allie and Chris Taylor vividly remember the day their second son Jett was born. “Jett was a gift to me — the one I fought and cried for,” Allie recalls. Twenty weeks earlier, during a routine ultrasound conducted at a nearby hospital, Allie and Chris were told their unborn son’s kidneys were enlarged. Doctors feared the worst. “They did a second ultrasound and told us my baby wouldn’t make it past 28 weeks gestation. We were told we should see a specialist but not to keep our hopes high.” Allie and Chris were seen three days later at the Advanced Fetal Care Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. They met with a team of fetal and pediatric experts, including Dr. Richard Lee, co-director of the hospital’s Urologic Trauma Unit. Lee shared his expertise and gave t...

From baby to man with a piggyback heart: long-term success of heterotopic heart transplantation [CASE REPORTS]

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100

We present a case of a young man, who underwent heterotopic heart transplantation 20 years ago, when he was 6 months old. The baby suffered from severe intractable cardiomyopathy. In this desperate situation only a miniature, compromised donor heart became available. Today, the young man is fully active under minimal immunosuppression. His surgical course is reviewed and described. (Source: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)

1 month old child from Kenya undergoes open-heart surgery at Fortis Escorts

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:34:46 +0100

A team of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute surgeons under Dr K S Iyer has performed open-heart surgery on baby suffering from multiple heart ailments. (Source: The Economic Times)

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Lower rate of selected congenital heart defects with better maternal diet quality: a population-based study

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100

Conclusions Better diet quality is associated with a reduced occurrence of some conotruncal and septal heart defects. This finding suggests that a reduction in certain cardiac malformations may be an additional benefit of improved maternal diet quality, reinforcing current preconception care recommendations. (Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition)