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Baby's heart fails to develop in womb

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:03:29 +0100

Baby girl Macy from Glasgow was born with half a heart and only expected to survive for a week. She is now thriving at 10-months-old, thanks to doctors who built her a 'handmade heart' (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Baby born with heart outside her chest is turning three

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:38:23 +0100

Kieran Veitz, two, underwent an extensive surgery when she was just minutes old. Today is her parents describer her as a hard-headed, stubborn toddler well on her way to a normal childhood. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Melbourne baby has five heart surgeries in one week

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:45:53 +0100

Bonnie Novak, now nearly 10 months old, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Her mum Krystal took her baby to the doctor after noticing her pupils were different sizes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Children's Hospital Colorado doctors complete first-ever EXIT to ventricular pacing

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Children's Hospital Colorado) Researchers at Children's Hospital Colorado completed the first-ever EXIT (Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment) to ventricular pacing procedure. The patient, a 36-week fetus with complete atrioventricular block and cardiac dysfunction, was at high risk of pre-term death. While attached to its mother via umbilical cord, the baby received a temporary pacemaker, which stabilized its dangerously low and irregular heart rate and ensured enough blood flow from the heart to the rest of its body for delivery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Incredible pictures of baby who had open heart surgery

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:34:08 +0100

Aimee Roberts, from Keynsham, Somerset, waited anxiously for six hours as little Leo was taken into surgery. She revealed she had 'never cried so much' as when she handed her son over. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:02:15 +0100

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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A complicated heart: Facing my baby's mortality before his life began

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100

My son's only chance at life would be surgery on his walnut-size heart just 48 hours after he was born. (Source: CBC | Health)



Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Causing Life Expectancy in America to Drop Dramatically

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:21:19 +0100

U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, and an editorial in the BMJ points to three contributing factors: drugs, alcohol and suicides, particularly among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities. The authors of the paper paint a bleak picture of the problems facing much of the United States today, but the authors say that policies that bolster the middle-class can help reverse the trend. The recent drop in life expectancy is alarming, the editorial states, “because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including in the U.S.” Compared to gains made by other developed countries, however, the United States began to lose ground in the 1980s. Americans’ life expectancy plateaued in 2012, ...



Coffee in California May Soon Come with a Cancer Warning

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:09:23 +0100

Despite its long list of health benefits, coffee in California may soon come with a consumer warning about cancer. A lawsuit first filed by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics in 2010 seeks to require coffee sellers, including Starbucks, BP, Gloria Jean’s and 7-Eleven, to warn customers about the ingestion of acrylamide, a possibly cancer-causing chemical that’s produced when coffee beans are roasted. Under California’s Proposition 65, businesses are required to notify customers if their products contain any of 65 chemicals, including acrylamide, that are linked with cancer, birth defects or other reproductive issues. In failing to post carcinogen warnings, the lawsuit alleges, the coffee shops are in violation of this policy. So far, 13 defendants, includin...



A first birthday made possible by cardiac tumor surgery

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:37:51 +0100

Today is Oliver Cameron’s first birthday and he and his parents have a lot to celebrate. After a year of uncertainty, they will be enjoying a quiet dinner with family at their home in Wantage, a town in Oxfordshire, England. “Having him home and healthy is the best present ever,” says his mom, Lydia. She and her husband, Tim, are looking forward to some quiet time alone with Oliver and their family after spending much of the last year fighting for his life. Oliver was born with a large, non-cancerous tumor, called a cardiac fibroma, inside his heart. It was so rare that only a handful of doctors in the U.K. had ever seen one, and none were able treat it. The tumor caused Oliver’s heart to beat dangerously fast, and his parents often had to rush him to the hospital for emergency tre...



People Are Sleeping in 20-Minute Bursts To Boost Productivity. But Is It Safe?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:38:39 +0100

About a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep. But there’s a small group of people actively trying to spend less time in bed, not more: polyphasic sleepers. Part productivity hack, part science experiment, polyphasic sleep is rumored to have fueled great minds, including those of Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla. The odd sleeping habit has now caught on among Silicon Valley types eager to milk as many productive hours from the day as possible, and has spurred books, an active Reddit community and even a Polyphasic Sleep Society. Here’s what to know about the unorthodox sleep practice. What is polyphasic sleep? Most people are monophasic sleepers, meaning they get all of their rest in one long chunk, typically at night. Polyphasic sleepers, meanwhile, snooze in shor...

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Adhesive Considerations for Direct-Skin Wearable Medical Technologies

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:38:40 +0100

In addition to caring for the sick, today’s medical providers are also heavily focused on prevention, patient education, and health and wellness strategies. As part of this newer approach to healthcare, providers are implementing ways to deliver additional care options that are both easily accessible and more affordable. Of these, one of the fastest growing and most widely adopted is wearable medical technologies. Wearable medical technologies not only provide support for care related to acute and chronic medical conditions, but also for disease prevention and lifestyle choices. They can monitor health, remind patients to take medications, and perform other health-related tasks. According to eMarketer, the number of U.S. adults that used a wearable medical device in 2015 was 39.5 million...



Nursing baby is good for mom too: Breastfeeding found to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke later in life

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:52 +0100

(Natural News) Many studies have proven time and again that breastfeeding has many long-term and short-term benefits for infants, but did you know that it can also benefit mothers? In a recent study, researchers analyzed data from 289, 573 mothers in China who breastfed their babies. Based on the results, at least 10 percent of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:15:30 +0100

Everyone’s talking—and rightly so—about this year’s flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. The news is full of stories about hospitals resorting to tents to accommodate the influx of patients and parents dealing with school closings in nearly every state. We count and mourn the dead. As a family doctor, my heart is with those patients and their families. As a global health professional with four decades of experience in combating epidemics, my mind is on the one critical thing we aren’t talking about at all as we suffer in this flu season: complacency. Put plainly, our collective flu complacency is what is killing us. Our usual response to annual flu is not enough to combat the risks we face this week, let alone prepare us for the ...



Brave toddler meets 24 strangers who saved her life

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:51:00 +0100

It took a team of UCLA medical professionals and the generosity of 71 strangers to save 2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick ’s life.The toddler from Ventura, California, required frequent blood and platelet transfusions, often on a daily basis, while undergoing  three grueling bone-marrow transplants, surgery to remove her swollen spleen and seven rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. She received 77 units of blood and platelets during a 10-month stay at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.  Recently Skye ’s family got to meet and thank two dozen of the 71 strangers whose blood and platelet donations sustained their toddler’s life during her fight with two rare types of cancer. The introduction took place at a special luncheon organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Cen...



10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:03:50 +0100

January 19, 2018It ’s notallbad news.When we set out to compile our annual list of global health issues to watch this year, it seemed like all bad news. And true, that ’s often what we deal with in global health—the problems that need tackling, the suffering we can help alleviate.But then stories and columns likethis one cheer us up. They remind us that no matter how complicated and frustrating our work may get, fighting back against poverty and inequality works.There are and always will be global health challenges to face. But there ’s boundless hope, too. And a field full of determined health workers and other humanitarians ready to do what’s right.Now here are ten of the global health issues that will be most on our minds atIntraHealth International in 2018:10. Sparks of innov...

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Does dry January work? We ask the experts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:21 +0100

Millions pledge to start the new year alcohol-free, but how much difference can a month off booze make to our health or drinking behaviour in the long term?Read more:‘I now sleep straight through until my alarm rings’: your experiences of dry JanuaryMillions of people pledge to ditch the booze every January, but experts are divided over whether going dry for a month is the answer to the UK ’s troubled relationship with alcohol.According torecent figures, around four-fifths of adults drink in England, with 31% of all men and 16% of all women consuming more than therecommended limit of 14 units in a usual week. As well as increasing the risk of injuries, damage to unborn babies, heart disease, liver disease and stroke, alcohol is also known toincrease the risk of a number of cancers, a...



Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:35:45 +0100

After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping rapidly during contractions. (Source: WebMD Health)



Baby's heart surgery cancelled five times by Leeds hospital

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:01:03 +0100

One-year-old Evelyn Johnston-Smith needed surgery to repair a hole in her heart. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Life saving NHS operation for baby cancelled five times

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:36:38 +0100

Evelyn Johnston-Smith, one, was born with a hole in her heart has had a life-saving op cancelled five time because of NHS delays. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



What Are Cutaneous Lesions Associated with Occult Spinal Dysraphism?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:49:29 +0100

Discussion Neural tube defects are a group of disorders that arise during embryogenesis. They include anenephaly, exencephaly, meningmyelocoeles and encephalocoeles and other malformations including occult spinal dysraphism. Occult spinal dysraphism (OSD) has incomplete fusion of the midline elements of the spine including the bony, neural, and mesenchymal tissues but the abnormalities are covered by skin (ectodermal tissues) and therefore are not obvious. OSD has a higher risk of tethered spinal cord syndrome or other neurological/neurosurgical problems. Normally the caudal end of the spinal cord, the conus medullaris, hangs freely within the spinal column but is stabilized by the filum terminale. As the spinal column grows faster than the spinal cord, there is relative ascension of the c...

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ADHD drug tied to heart defects in babies

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:10:12 +0100

(Reuters Health) - - Pregnant women who take drugs like Ritalin and Concerta for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely than those who don ’t to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Children born with 'blue-baby syndrome' given gift of life

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:50:32 +0100

EXCLUSIVE:  These three families all had babies born with the arteries leaving the heart the wrong way round. All three children have a chance of a healthy life thanks to the operation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Striking a balance: Charlie ’s recovery from neonatal stroke

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:00:39 +0100

“Hey, Charlie,” says Dr. Michael Rivkin as he gently dangles a small rubber ducky in front of the little boy. “Would you like this?” A wide smile breaks out across the toddler’s face. Why yes, he certainly would like that duck. He reaches and grasps at it, closing his tiny fingers around the toy. For Charlie Strzempek, it’s nothing more than a playful act. But for his parents, Kathleen and Tom, it’s a major accomplishment. Dr. Rivkin isn’t simply offering his patient a toy. He’s testing his ability to grab and hold an object in his right hand — the side of his body affected by a neonatal stroke. A shining ray of light Although stroke is typically associated with older people, it’s quite common in babies: As many as 1 in 1,600 newborns experience a stroke, which is of...



2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:33:28 +0100

CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high blood pressure. The new threshold is 130 over 80, replacing 140 over 90. This means that nearly half of adults in the US have hypertension. Labratory Breakthroughs A game...



Debate erupts within HHS about ‘ words to avoid ’ such as ‘ vulnerable, ’ ‘ diversity ’ and ‘ entitlement ’

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:27:10 +0100

Health and Human Services Department officials confirmed Monday that they had singled out a handful of words that should be avoided in the upcoming budget process, but said they had not blocked employees from using them outright. A department spokesman further said that the guidance came from within HHS, not from the Office of Management […]Related:FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugsHe was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient’s liverA baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Eye contact synchronizes brainwaves; this is how babies learn to communicate

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:15:27 +0100

(Natural News) According to a recent study, eye contact between an infant and an adult helps their brainwaves “get in sync” which can also “support communication and learning.” Researchers at the University of Cambridge have revealed that “when a parent and infant interact, various aspects of their behavior can synchronize,” such as their gaze, emotions, and heart rate.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



FDA to target homeopathic drugs that pose safety risks

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:32:15 +0100

The Food and Drug Administration proposed a tougher enforcement stance Monday toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products that pose the greatest safety risks, including those that contain potentially harmful ingredients or that are being marketed for serious diseases without proven benefits. Homeopathy is based on an 18th-century idea that substances that cause disease […]Related:He was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient’s liverA baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington’s disease, experts say (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:32:15 +0100

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a tougher enforcement policy toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products posing the greatest safety risks, including those containing potentially harmful ingredients or being marketed for cancer, heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions. Homeopathy is based on an 18th-century idea that substances that cause disease […]Related:He was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient’s liverA baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington’s disease, experts say (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:55:00 +0100

Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the most common cause of nonfatal injury among passengers and flight attendants. It is recommended that adults, coffeepots, and tray tables all need to be restrained during f...



Tips for Flying with a Baby

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:55:00 +0100

Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the most common cause of nonfatal injury among passengers and flight attendants. It is recommended that adults, coffeepots, and tray tables all need to be restrained during f...

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Mom's Blood Sugar Tied To Baby's Heart Defect Odds

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:54:45 +0100

But new research shows that the threat may also extend to women who simply have high blood sugar levels -- not just full-blown diabetes. (Source: WebMD Health)



Mom-To-Be's High Blood Sugar May Raise Baby's Odds for Heart Defects

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100

Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Sugar, Congenital Heart Defects, Diabetes and Pregnancy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Mom-to-Be's High Blood Sugar May Raise Baby's Odds for Heart Defects

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:42 +0100

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 -- It's long been known that diabetes in pregnancy raises the odds for congenital heart defects. But new research shows that the threat may also extend to women who simply have high blood sugar levels -- not just full-blown... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Baby Born With Heart Outside Body Recovering After Surgeries

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Baby Born With Heart Outside Body Recovering After SurgeriesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



High Glucose Levels in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Defects in Babies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:01:01 +0100

Exercise and a healthful diet during pregnancy may help to lower the risk of heart problems in newborns, one expert advises. (Source: NYT Health)

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Higher blood sugar in early pregnancy raises baby's heart-defect risk

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Stanford University Medical Center) Higher blood sugar early in pregnancy raises the baby's risk of a congenital heart defect, even among mothers who do not have diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



He was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient ’ s liver

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:45 +0100

Patients often can't help but wonder what doctors and nurses are doing while they're sedated. Some suspect trash talking. Others are wary of racially-charged comments. On Wednesday, a British surgeon gave patients something new to worry about: Getting their doctors' initials burned into their organs while they are unconscious. Simon Bramhall, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault […]Related:A baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington’s disease, experts sayTrump reportedly drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke each day. Is that healthy? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:15:14 +0100

A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta  (methylphenidate) was taken by the mother-to-be. (Source: WebMD Health)



A baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:11:16 +0100

Immediately after Vanellope Hope Wilkins was born, she was put in sterile plastic to protect her heart — which was beating outside her tiny chest. It was a moment that her parents, Dean Wilkins and Naomi Findlay, had hoped for but were not certain would actually come — a moment in which their baby girl would come into the world, and live. […]Related:‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington’s disease, experts sayTrump reportedly drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke each day. Is that healthy?New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +0100

Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Congenital Heart Defects, Pregnancy and Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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WATCH: Baby born with heart outside her body undergoes surgery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:48:56 +0100

Surgeons successfully operated on Vanellope Hope, who was born with her heart growing outside her body. (Source: ABC News: Health)



WATCH: Baby born with heart outside of her body undergoes surgery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:46 +0100

Surgeons successfully operated on Vanellope Hope, who was born with her heart growing outside of her body. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Baby born with heart outside body survives surgery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:02:25 +0100

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived surgery to insert it back into her chest. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:45 +0100

British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived surgery to place her heart inside her chest (Source: ABC News: Health)



Mum of baby born with heart outside body on This Morning

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:13:11 +0100

Speaking on This Morning from Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, Naomi Findlay told how she was desperate to cradle daughter Vanellope Hope for the first time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:12:46 +0100

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived surgery to insert it back into her chest. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:12:46 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 -- If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. A new study found a small... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Baby survives after being born with heart outside her body - video

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:11:14 +0100

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first surgery within an hour of delivery, is believed to be the first baby in the UK to survive the extremely rare condition ectopia cordis, where she is born with her heart and part of her stomach growing externally. Her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, were advised to consider terminating the pregnancy, but they decided against it. Vanellope has had three operations to place her heart in her body Baby girl survives after being born with heart outside her body, in UK firstContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



High glucose levels impair foetal heart development

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100

According to a study, published inelife, high maternal glucose levels during pregnancy affect normal development of heart cells, which can lead to congenital heart disease in babies.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:31:50 +0100

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure. (Source: NYT Health)

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Baby born with her heart growing OUTSIDE of her chest

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:39:10 +0100

Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by c-section in November at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington ’ s disease, experts say

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:28:51 +0100

The discovery of a drug that may treat the fatal disease known as Huntington's is being hailed as “historic” by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and “phenomenal” and “fantastically promising” by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who discovered the genetic mutation that causes the disease. “I'm ecstatic,” said Nancy Wexler, […]Related:A baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survivedTrump reportedly drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke each day. Is that healthy?New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Research reveals how diabetes in pregnancy affects baby ’s heart

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:12:47 +0100

Researchers at the  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels — whether caused by diabetes or other factors — keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease.The study, which was led by Atsushi “Austin” Nakano, a UCLA associate professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and member of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, was published today in the journal eLife.When developing heart cells are exposed to high levels of glucose, the researchers found, the cells generate more building blocks of DNA than usual, which leads the cells to continue reproducing rather than mature.  “...



Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:16:59 +0100

Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Research reveals how diabetes in pregnancy affects baby's heart

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels -- whether caused by diabetes or other factors -- keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Bad news for dads: Babies 'should share mother's bed until age three' because it's good for their hearts

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:15:00 +0100

Controversial new research from a paediatrician claims that babies left to sleep alone for the first three years of their life find it harder to bond with their mothers, and damages development of the brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



This Black Hole Just Let Scientists Look Back in Time to the Dawn of Creation

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:29:49 +0100

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It’s the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories‘ Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a quasar dating to 690 million years of the Big Bang. That means the light from this quasar has been traveling our way for more than 13 billion years. Banados said the quasar provides a unique baby picture of the universe, when it was just 5 percent of its current age. It would be like seeing photos of a 50-year-old man when he was 2 1/2 years old, according to Banados. “This discovery opens up an exciting new window to understand the early universe,” he said in an emai...






Lauren ’s story: How roller derby saved my life

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:18:02 +0100

I wasn’t a particularly athletic child. The second day of soccer practice, in sixth grade, we had to run laps around the soccer field, and 10-year-old me said, “I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack!” My coach disagreed. I quit. That much running was not for me. Fifteen years later, at age 25, I had not only joined a roller derby league, but had also worked my way up to doing contact drills at practice in just three months. I felt incredible! I felt powerful! I felt unstoppable… until I went into cardiac arrest at a Thursday night practice this past July. A lost two days I woke up the following Sunday at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), and couldn’t remember the last two and a half days. I was told I had been doing a drill as a jammer (point scorer) and trying ...



Air Pollution May Harm Babies Even Before They Are Born

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:30:01 +0100

Pollution raised the risk of low birth weight babies, which may increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease later in life. (Source: NYT Health)

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Breastfeeding and food allergies: Moms who eat the most common allergy-causing foods and breastfeed provide their babies with protection

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:04:28 +0100

(Natural News) “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” This line may have been said over a millennium ago, but it still holds true today as another study once again proves the benefits of breastfeeding. Researchers have determined that breastfeeding mothers who ate the most common allergy-causing foods, such... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health, UCLA study finds

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:44:49 +0100

By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health,a UCLA study found. Comparing figures from 2006 through 2013, researchers found that more people were screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette use and high blood pressure — all risk factors for heart disease — after the ACA was implemented than before.But the research, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care, also revealed a disparity between men and women in one key area. Although more men who are at risk for heart attacks and stroke take daily doses of baby aspirin, the number of women taking baby aspirin each day is unchanged since before the ACA became law. Baby asp...



Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:57:46 +0100

Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nearly 15 million babies, about 1 in 10, are born prematurely each year and in many cases, require complex medical and surgical care. Equally critical to preemie and newborn health...



Danny ’s journey to a biventricular heart

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:52:05 +0100

The first hint that something wasn’t quite right with Danny Sanchez-Garcia’s heart came at his mom’s six-month prenatal visit. “There was a little blip on the ultrasound, but then it was gone on the next one, so they didn’t think it was anything and I didn’t worry any more about it,” says Danny’s mom, Cynthia. Cynthia was overjoyed when Danny was born at her local hospital seeming perfectly healthy. But as the hospital staff monitored Danny overnight, they noticed his oxygen level was lower than normal and decided to run more tests. His doctors believed the tests pointed to a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. “They transported him overnight to Boston Children’s Hospital,” says Cynthia. “I felt like I was on a roller coaster, ...



Volunteers Wanted To Knit Red Hats For Babies

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:21:11 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – The American Heart Association is looking for volunteer knitters to help out a good cause. The organization is teaming up with The Children’s Heart Foundation to mark American Heart Month in February with “Little Hats, Big Hearts.” They’re hoping to give out thousands of red hats to babies to raise awareness about heart health and congenital heart defects. (Image credit: American Heart Association) Volunteers are needed to knit or crochet little red hats. Donations of yarn are also accepted. The American Heart Association website has information on who to contact in participating states. You can also check out recommended yarn types and sample patterns. Boston-area residents can send hats to 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 | Waltham, MA 02451 until Jan. 12. Any hat...

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Heart donor appeal for six-week-old Charlie Douthwaite

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:22:17 +0100

The family of a six-week-old baby born with "half a heart" make an urgent appeal for donors. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Essex baby with heart defect died waiting for operation

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:31:03 +0100

Iris Day, who was born with a heart defect and Down's syndrome, died on December 2 last year, a week before she was due to have surgery on December 9 at a London hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Mother's heartache after cradling her baby as he died

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:49:49 +0100

Michaela Holehouse and Timothy O'Keeffe, from Liverpool, found Harvey in bed lifeless and tried to give him CPR. He was born with congenital heart disease but was responding to treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:00:39 +0100

This report explains the circumstances that have led to them not being recognised as citizens, drawing on discussions with four stateless or formerly stateless minority groups. The findings in this report underscore the critical need for minorities to enjoy the right to nationality.“Imagine being told you don’t belong because of the language you speak, the faith you follow, the customs you practice or the colour of your skin. This is the stark reality for many of the world’s stateless. Discrimination, which can be the root cause of their lack of nationality, pervades their everyday lives – often with crippling effects,” says Grandi.The report notes that more than 75 per cent of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups. “Left unaddressed, their protrac...



All babies in Europe should be screened for heart defects at birth

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Only a few countries, including Poland, Ireland and Switzerland, currently recommend universal screening with pulse oximetry Related items fromOnMedica Blood test identifies high-risk lupus pregnancies Newborns screened for four additional genetic conditions Over 600,000 carry ‘sudden death’ gene fault The next generation of prenatal testing: let ’s proceed with caution Experts advise against screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Call for Europe-wide screening of babies for heart defects

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Birmingham) All babies across Europe should be routinely screened for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) within 24 hours of their birth, say a group of experts led by a University of Birmingham Professor and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Birmingham Women's Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Mindfulness may help mothers cope with stress when their babies have a heart condition

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Mindfulness may offer an active coping mechanism for mothers faced with the stress of having a newborn diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD). Mindfulness, which aims to increase a person's awareness and acceptance of daily experiences, is currently used in a variety of healthcare settings as a potentially effective skill for stress reduction, emotion, affect and attention regulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Twins with two heads but same torso die in India

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:27:40 +0100

The boys, from Maharashtra in western India, were placed on a ventilator. The unnamed babies shared a liver and a pair of limbs but had separate lungs and hearts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



'One-in-a-million' twins with two heads but same torso die

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:36:51 +0100

The boys, from Maharashtra in western India, were placed on a ventilator. The unnamed babies shared a liver and a pair of limbs but had separate lungs and hearts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Say “ Yes! ” Whenever Possible

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:00:57 +0100

To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we hear from a hospital librarian in Oregon! Judith with Mr. Gross Mouth Who am I? Judith Hayes, MLS Where do I work? Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR I started work as a medical librarian at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR, on April 15, 1994.  Almost 24 years later, I am approaching retirement in just a few short weeks with anticipation and dread. It’s been amazing.  I have loved my job.  It feeds my sense of satisfaction to find just the right piece of information for someone:  so a patient can gain understanding about their disease and talk with some knowledge with their provider, s...

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Courtney ’s story: Piecing together a genetic puzzle

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:56:32 +0100

Courtney Whitmore was born 22 years ago with a cleft palate, two clubbed feet and fists that were so tightly clenched they couldn’t be pulled apart. Since Courtney was an otherwise happy and healthy baby, neither her parents nor her doctor saw cause to be concerned about these seemingly unrelated conditions. What they didn’t realize was that these were the first clues to a genetic puzzle that would take ten years to unravel. The next clue came at age 3. “One day my dad and I were playing peekaboo, and suddenly I couldn’t see,” says Courtney. “My parents rushed me to the hospital and the doctors discovered both my retinas had become detached.” Courtney had already lost vision in her right eye, but the doctors were able to save the vision in her left eye. Then, at the beginning...



Mom ’s thank you to Dallas nurses caring for cancer tot

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:48:42 +0100

Sophie Skiles' cough turned out to be a tumor on her heart 'the size of a baseball'. Mother Shelby penned a note to staff at Children's Medical Center in Dallas who she tells: 'You save our babies'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for October 13, 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:00:11 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. 10 tips for selecting and managing a medtech development partner There many things to consider when searching for and interacting with a product development firm – and the stakes are high! Most early-stage medical device companies are only pursuing one product solution. It’s their baby and their only opportunity for success. With limited resources and tight schedules, it’s essential to re...



Pregnant women 'should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This observational study suggests a mother's sleep position may influence their baby's activity in late pregnancy. Most mothers sleep on their left side, but babies were found to be slightly more likely to be actively awake if women slept on their right side. If they slept on their backs, babies were slightly more likely to be quietly asleep. These are interesting findings, but there are a few points to note: In all maternal sleeping positions, the foetuses were in a state of active sleep more than 80% of the time. Although there was a statistically significant difference in the amount of time babies spent quietly asleep or actively awake during different maternal sleeping positions, the actual percentage difference was only very small (less than 5% difference in all cases). ...



Pregnant women should sleep on their side

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:53:31 +0100

Researchers  from the University of Auckland found mothers-to-be's sleeping positions have a significant effect on babies' heart rates, with lying on the back making the organ less active. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab center

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:54:57 +0100

First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for babies in the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic. (Source: ABC News: Health)



How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:54:51 +0100

During the early weeks of pregnancy, having a fever can interfere with the development of the heart and jaw of a baby and cause birth defects, a study finds. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Researchers uncover new genes linked to congenital heart disease

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:42:16 +0100

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered new genes associated with congenital heart disease in babies. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Searching for a Doctor at 3,000 Metres High

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:15:17 +0100

Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPSBy Andrea ValePORCÓN, Peru, Oct 6 2017 (IPS)Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering. With every step further into its isolated natural beauty, a group of volunteers sent to deliver healthcare essentials are reminded how long the trek would be in an emergency.After a bus has taken the volunteers as far as it can, to the rim of a sweeping valley dipping into the basin of a ring of mountains, they start their hike.“We have a lot of fear,” Celestina says. “The doctors are always telling us tha...



Vitamin D may prevent asthma worsening for some

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This review gathers the available trial evidence to address the specific question of whether giving people with asthma vitamin D supplements could have an effect on how many asthma exacerbations they have. The review has many strengths. It only included double-blind trials, where participants and assessors didn't know if people were taking vitamin D or a placebo. Researchers also made careful attempts to gather all relevant data and information on confounding factors, and all but one trial had a low risk of bias. But there are some limitations to bear in mind: With the relatively small number of trials and participants, the outcome of interest – exacerbations needing steroid treatment – was quite rare. Three trials recorded no exacerbations, and a third only one. Analyses ...

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How Air Pollution Can Lead To Weight Gain

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:28:15 +0100

I just read a study that stunned me. It suggested that the air we breathe is making us fat.   A researcher from Duke University placed two groups of rats in separate chambers. One group was exposed to Beijing’s super toxic air. That city has some of the worst air pollution in the world. The second group breathed filtered air. The two groups ate exactly the same diet. After 19 days, the rats exposed to the air pollution were 18% fatter. Their LDL levels were 50% higher and their triglycerides were 46% higher. This indicates high levels of fat in their blood. To make matters worse, their lungs were 25% heavier and their livers weighed 16% more — a clear sign of inflammation.1 I wanted to know more, so I looked into other studies linking air pollutants to obesity. An Ohio State r...



Most Women in Prison Are Victims of Domestic Violence. That ’s Nothing New

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:44 +0100

While the mass incarceration of men has dominated the discussion of policing and prisons over the past few years—and rightly so—there’s been a recent shift in thinking about incarcerated women, and not a moment too soon. According to a report by the Vera Institute, women’s incarceration has increased a startling 14-fold since 1970. Like their male counterparts, these women are also overwhelmingly women of color. Despite the shocking increase in their numbers, however, the specific issues and needs of female prisoners have largely gone ignored. In particular, as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in the U.S., it’s worth noting that the vast majority of women in prison are single mothers who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. Th...



Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:38:43 +0100

The foods we eat play a central role in our health. The epidemics of our time—obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes—are intimately tied to unhealthy patterns of eating. But eating healthy is also expensive, making it particularly challenging for the 12% of US households who have to worry whether they can afford enough food each month. For the 41 million Americans living in these households, a common coping strategy is to purchase cheaper, less healthy foods in an effort to make their food budgets last longer. Over time, however, these unhealthy dietary patterns can have a significant impact on a person’s health. Children living in food-insecure homes suffer two to four times as many health problems and are less likely to reach their academic potential. Pregnant women wh...



Baby heart images could help reduce miscarriage, Leeds research suggests

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:20:52 +0100

One in 10 miscarriages is believed to be caused by the failure of the baby's heart to form normally. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:48:27 +0100

Umbilical cord stem cells could be a treatment for heart failure, small study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)

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Voices: Learning to Breathe

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0100

My baby had an extra branch stemming from his heart, constricting his trachea. The surgery that saved him brought another crisis. (Source: NYT Health)



Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Can Babies Help Heart Patients?Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/28/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



Secrets from inside the womb that could provide clues to miscarriage

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Leeds) The major structures of a baby's heart form in just four days, according to new research using the latest imaging techniques. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:15:25 +0100

Umbilical cord stem cells could be a treatment for heart failure, small study suggests (Source: WebMD Health)



Heart - Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full - Term Babies

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100

Researchers found those born at 37 - 38 weeks had higher risk of poorer cardiorespiratory fitness later in life (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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Early cesareans raise risk of infant respiratory illness

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:04:14 +0100

Babies born in early term are at 57 percent greater risk than those born later to struggle with their heart and respiratory health later in life, says a study from the American Heart Association. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:00:22 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 -- Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 800 people in Northern Ireland who were born at full-term (37 to 42... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:00:14 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 -- Instead of throwing away the umbilical cord after birth, new research suggests using this medical waste to potentially improve the lives of people with heart failure. With parental permission, doctors used umbilical... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back at Critics Calling Him a Health Care ‘Puppet’

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:28:18 +0100

In the wake of Republican backlash over his condemnation of the Graham-Cassidy bill, Jimmy Kimmel has called out critics of his participation in the national health care debate. During Monday’s episode of Live!, the late night host hit back at pundits who suggested that his push against the repeal of Obamacare indicates he is a puppet for the Democratic party. “It would be easy for me to dismiss this as some kind of right-wing hysteria, but he does have a point,” Kimmel said after airing a Fox News clip in which contributor Pete Hegseth argued he was in bed with the Democrats. “I’d like to make a confession tonight. I need to come clean. Here’s what happened. So my wife and I were worried about health care — we didn’t like what the Republican...